LUKE Crowcroft knows that he is being thrown in at the deep end but claims he’ll come through his Doncaster derby debut.
The precocious 18-year-old from Scawthorpe faces town rival James Tucker from Bessacarr in a super-middleweight clash at the Dome this Saturday night.
Stefy Bull trains and manages the youngster and feels that veteran Tucker will bring the best out of his multi-time national amateur champion and also give him a sharp shock about what professional boxing is all about.
It is unusual for a prospect to take on somebody of Tucker’s ilk in their first fight and Crowcroft feels that he needs to re-pay some faith with his performance.
“The closer the fight has got, the more nervous I’ve been getting about it but I’m also getting more confident,” said Crowcroft. “I’ve been sparring more and more rounds and I feel a lot fitter than I did as an amateur.
“It’s going to be a good learning fight because James has got a few good wins and a few good stoppages on his record.
“There’s talk of it as a big Doncaster derby and that certainly adds plenty more spice to it. I know people who know James and I’m sure it’s the same the other way around.
“I know that I have to do the business if I’m going to be a good professional. The pressure that’s on me has made me work harder in training. I’ve worked well under pressure before.”
Tucker has had exactly 60 contests and earlier this year he challenged for the Central Area title and won’t be fazed by boxing in front of an expected one thousand fans.
Tucker has two more fights lined up after Crowcroft and wants to get on a good run of form. He said: “I’m definitely taking this fight seriously and my training has reflected that.
“I don’t take any fight lightly, even though Luke is a debutant I expect him to be as good as anyone I’ve faced.
“My mentality is to win. I believe I’ve trained hard enough to cause a upset. I really do not want to lose in my own back garden.”
With such a packed card, boxing is set to commence at 6pm and Bull is advising those with tickets to turn up early.