FORMER Clearys ABC boxer Mike Cole has spoken of his excitement after signing a three-year professional deal which guarantees him a minimum of 12 fights.
Cole has signed up with local manager and promoter Les Allen and is expected to make his debut on May 21 at the Bedworth Civic Hall.
The show will include local Coventry boxers Joe Sheriff and Michael Green, while topping the bill will be big-punching crowd pleaser Sam Bowen.
“I’m really excited about my first professional fight,” said Mike. “It’s a new start for me. I’d felt I’d come to a end as a amateur and wanted to turn pro and give it a go, Let’s see where it takes me.
“I started to get a little frustrated at the point scoring system in amateur boxing and with only having three rounds to win.
“As I started to lose interest I knew it was time to change and try something new. I love boxing and didn’t really want to chuck all the hard work I’ve put in over the last six years.
“Two years ago I sparring former British welterweight champion Curtis Woodhouse for one of his title fights and did extremely well, so I always had one eye on the pro game.
“I’ve got my own personal goals but I want to keep them to myself for now, but I’m going to give this my best shot.”