Brad Daws wants to show Nottingham fight fans there’s a new prospect to get excited about.
Daws has his third professional fight at the city’s Britannia Hotel on Saturday, March 2 and for the 22 year old it’s a big night.
“I haven’t fought in Nottingham since I was a kid,” said Daws, “and I’m a different fighter now.
“I’m really looking forward to it.
“This venue is right on my doorstep. It’s a 10-minute bus ride from my house. I could jump on the No 27 and get there in a few minutes !
“This is the perfect venue for me.
“I want to have exciting fights, puts bums on seats and one day fight on big shows in Nottingham.”
The fight at the Britannia Hotel is also notable because it will be Daws’ first over the six-round distance.
To Daws’ surprise, his first two opponents have taken him the full four rounds.
He said: “I knocked a few out in the amateurs and thought that when I put on the smaller gloves in the pros, they would all fall over when I hit them !
“But the opponents are a lot tougher than they were in the amateurs.
“These journeymen have hard heads.
“I’m hitting them with shots and expecting them to fall – and they don’t.
“Maybe it’s a good thing.
“I don’t really on my power as much. I box more and not load up. I have to throw enough punches to make sure I win the rounds.”
Daws says he’s learned from his last fight, a points win over Khicha Gigolashvili in Newark last November.
He scaled 8st 12lbs 14ozs for that and said: “I took too much out of myself. Four threes is a long fight when you haven’t had much to eat. I can make super-bantamweight when there’s a day before weigh in, but I can’t do it and then fight a few hours later.”
Daws says he was a Carl Froch fan and watched his big fights at the Ice Arena – but his favourite fighter is one of his training partners.
Daws has just spent a few days in Wales training with Leigh Wood and said: “When I was starting out, Leigh was up there and I looked up to him.
“He is my favourite fighter !
“He can box – and he hits really hard.
“I know I can hit hard – but I need to work on my boxing.”