Amateur boxing champion Callum Beardow, 23, has turned professional, hoping to add to his seven Yorkshire titles, a silver ABA medal and an English Cruiserweight title belt.
Beardow, who turned professional this month under manager Dave Coldwell, started boxing at 13 at Sheffield City Amateur Boxing Club.
Brendan Warburton, head coach at Sheffield City ABC, will continue to train Beardow, whom he describes as, “a very hard worker, he’s got that desire and he’s got that something special, he’s an exciting boxer to watch with a good style and a big future.”
Beardow has been able to go professional thanks to sponsors, which include The Templand Group.
The boxer said: "I’ve always thought of turning professional ever since I started boxing, so it’s a dream come true.
"As an amateur I was training after grafting all day, every day. Now thanks to the support and backing of my sponsors I can focus 100% on my training and preparation, without worrying about how to pay for my training, nutrition, physio, chiropractor, travel and of course my food. I’m excited to be able to take this next step in my career.”
*Sheffield scrapper Gus Platts, a one time European middleweight champion, crammed an amazing career into his short life.
Starting his pro boxing spell on this day in 1910, 'The Sheffield Blade' went on to have 58 fights, winning 30, losing 23 and drawing five.
Surprisingly, he continued to campaign while the First World "ar was raging. He boxed four consecutive fights in just over a month in America in 1913.
He died aged just 51 in a Nottingham hospital after enduring a long illness.