Daryl Pearce is determined to put a frustrating start to his pro career behind him when he returns to the ring this weekend.
Brummie Pearce, from Rednal, will be back in action with a home bout as part of a Friday fight night on March 15.
The 25-year-old features on BCB Promotions’ first bill of the year in Birmingham, at the H Suite in Edgbaston. The show has been titled ‘Fly Guys.’
The former unlicensed boxer had to wait a year before making his pro boxing debut last June, due to a licensing issue with the British Boxing Board of Control.
His paid now came at welterweight and he found the going tough early on against the durable Mohamed Mahmoud, but came through with a points victory.
Referee Kevin Parker raised his hand by a 39-37 score, winning three of the four rounds on the official’s card after a hard-fought contest.
His second contest was due to take place in September, but injury put paid to that appearance and kept him out for the rest of the year.
Another four-rounder will get his 2019 up and running, with a resilient attitude that Pearce believes will serve him well going forward.
He said: “It’s been disheartening, all of these things kept on happening to me and I was starting to wonder pro boxing was not meant to be.
“The accident I had was a freak one. I was on a motorbike, coming to a halt, and the back wheel slid forward, which made me start to veer off the back.
“To try and cushion my fall, I put my hand out and it snapped the ligament in my thumb. It’s an injury they call Gamekeeper’s Thumb.
“They had to operate and then I had my arm in a cast, then one on my thumb which, obviously, stopped me from training.
“It felt like I was going a bit downhill, but I’ve picked myself up and come back with the right attitude. My timing was off, at first, but everything has come back now.
“I’ve been sparring with Kane (Baker, Midlands lightweight champion) and he’s told me it’s all there, I just need to work on my fitness now, which will be there on fight night.
“I feel like I am on the up now, personally and professionally, the boxing is getting going again, I’m doing well at work and I’ve passed my drying test.
“I’m developing my stamina and I’ve been working on my core strength, which I’ve never done before, so I’m excited to see how it’s going to come together on March 15.”
The Midlands flyweight title will be contested in a battle of Birmingham at the top of the bill, when champion Ijaz Ahmed defends against Matt Windle.
Another area champion, the aforementioned area boss Kane Baker, engages in a keep-busy affair to get his 2019 up and running.
Baker, from Bartley Green, defeated Ishmael Ellis to win the vacant strap in December and now undertakes his 15th pro outing, looking for a 10th victory.
Jordan Clayton, of Solihull, appears for the 11th time as a pro as he continues his progression down to welter, with new coach Tom Chaney in his corner for a second time.
Clayton only boxed once in 2018, recording a points win over MJ Hall – forenames Matthew James – after nearly nine months out of the ring.
Super welterweight Mussab Abubaker, from Small Heath, returns to the venue where he made his pro debut in 2017 having scored another over-the-distance result since.
Super lightweight Brad Thomas, a protege of Frankie Gavin, could only draw on his bow in September and will want to go one better this time.
Tickets, priced at £35 standard or £65 VIP ringside with a buffet and waitress service, are on sale now. It will be £40 for entry on the door. For more information, contact the boxers.