Rising star Avril Mathie is enthusiastically preparing for her maiden professional title shot having overcome a recent injury sustained in a motorbike accident.
After kicking off her career in the paid ranks with two stoppage wins, Mathie takes on Samantha Salazar for the vacant American Boxing Federation Continental Americas female bantamweight crown in St Petersburg, Florida on October 6.
It’s a rapid turnaround for the Miami-based boxer, who was hit by a motorbike in early August.
Mathie said: “Getting hit by a motorbike a few weeks ago was very frustrating. It happened on the day I was planning on starting my training camp so it put a bit of a spanner in the works!
“I immediately tried to look at the positives – I didn’t actually break my leg. It was just a bit of a dent and a hardcore bruise so I made a speedy recovery.
“In the meantime, I worked with what I had and did as much training as I could given the circumstances. I was ready to go a couple of weeks later and in the long run, the injury won’t have much of an effect so I’m thankful for that.
“I’m really excited to be fighting in the States for the first time as a professional. I fought half my amateur career here so I know what it’s about.
“I love to put on a show and I really love and appreciate the way the Americans get into boxing. They turn out to events and really get behind fighters.”