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One fight at a time for new pro Fitch
BEN Fitch is refusing to look past his first professional fight next month and admits a defeat could spark an early end to his career in boxing’s paid ranks.
The former Walcot ABC amateur hopes boxing will become his full-time occupation but he claims that can only be the case if he gets off to a winning start.
Fitch has turned professional with Keith Mayo’s Horseshoe Gym and fights on Friday, September 13 at the Oasis Leisure Centre.
The 25-year-old told the Swindon Advertiser: “I’m not looking past this fight.
“I obviously know what I want to achieve long-term in the sport but I cannot take anything for granted and cannot look past this first fight.
“I’m putting everything into this fight because I have to win.
“If I don’t win then it’s hard for me to consider carrying on because I don’t want to be a journeyman.
“I’m really excited about it and I’m sure I’m going to get a real buzz out of it.”
Fitch has an added pressure on his shoulders due to the fact his girlfriend hates boxing and isn’t entirely happy with him turning professional.
“My girlfriend hates violence and hates boxing,” revealed Fitch. “I’m not sure if she’ll come to watch yet because she saw four of my amateur fights and hated every minute of them.
“My decision to go professional isn’t exactly popular with her so that gives me another reason to make sure I win.
“I have to win and if I don’t, I think she’ll make sure I retire early because she definitely wears the trousers in our relationship.”
Fitch boasts a decent amateur record having twice won the Western Counties Schoolboy title in 2003 and 2004. He also won Walcot’s Best Boy Trophy in 2003/04.
And the middleweight says he owes a great deal to all the coaches at Walcot ABC for getting him interested in boxing in the first place.
“Walcot was like my second home and Harry Scott was like my second dad,” added Fitch.
“I owe that club a lot and I would recommend them to anyone who wants to take up boxing.
“I achieved a lot with Walcot and really learnt my trade there. Without my time there I’m sure I wouldn’t be in a position to turn professional.
“I work for my dad and he is also giving me plenty of time off so I can train twice a day and without that I would be struggling.
“I expect to fight at middleweight although we may find a catch weight to fight at.
“I’m feeling confident and I just can’t wait to get in the ring.
“I’ve still got a lot to work on but I’m improving every day.
“I’ve got a good jab and a good right hand.
“I’m an aggressive boxer and I intend to put on a show on Friday 13.”
Tickets cost £30 standard and £60 VIP and can be obtained by visiting http://www.gallantstore.com/product/fright-night-tickets.
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