Saturday night I will be making my third professional appearance at the historic Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh against opponent Ibrar Ryaz.
I’m excited and slightly more nervous than usual. I’ve been thinking about the fight a little bit more this time so I’m just trying to force myself to relax and chill out a bit.
I’m confident in the hard work that I have put into my training camp for this fight and everything that has been stored in the tank over the past nine weeks.
I thought that I would share a few stats with you to show what it takes to prepare for a professional boxing contest.
I’ve sold over 125 tickets which totals over £5,000 of sales and covered over 250 miles when dropping them off to friends, family and fans.
In training I’ve sparred over 60 rounds mostly with Craig McEwan and Martin Taylor.
I have been for over 100 runs and covered in excess of 500 miles. I always run twice a day, first one is at 6.30am in the morning then I go back on the road again at around 8.30pm at night after I’ve put the children to bed. I do nothing less than four miles but not often more than seven miles.
All of this work to compete in a four-three minute rounds, so just 12 minutes of competition.
This is my dream but sometimes you get up and it’s hard to get motivated when it’s the same hard work day in – day out. It’s my job and I’ve just got to get up and go to work like everyone else. I do it for my kids, they’re my motivation.
One of the hardest things about this job is trying to relax and switch off from it all. I’ll kick back, play my Xbox, catch up on a few movies, just chill, unwind and just generally do nothing.
I feel like I’m missing at times when I hear of my mates in the pub but it’s just no option for me. My birthday was last week and I went for a meal and then was tucked up in bed soon after! It’s the sacrifices that you have to make. I’m sure I’ll make up for that on Saturday night though!
I’d like to say thanks to my coach Scott Cowen, teammates Craig McEwan and Martin Taylor, my sponsors and to my PR Manager Tim Rickson. Also thanks to my mum and dad for supporting me, when I first turned pro they gave up their holiday to pay for my medicals! Thanks to my partner Kirsty, she has done all of my ticket sales for me, to my manager Paul Graham and to Sam Kynoch for putting me on the show.
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