JUST as one generation of Sheffield fighters start to fulfill their potential, the next are set to take their first baby-steps into professional boxing.
Ingle-trained trio Sam O’Maison, Callum Hancock and Tom McAssey are all set to make their debuts on the undercard to Kid Galahad v Josh Wale at Hillsborough Leisure Centre tonight .
Trainer Dominic Ingle believes they can go far in the pro game if they can follow the examples of the gym’s current leading lights Kell Brook and Galahad.
He said: “We’ve held Sam back from turning pro because we needed an avenue to promote him and we can use Channel Five as a vehicle to move him along.
“He’s a massive puncher for that weight and he’s got the kind of power we haven’t seen since Naz.
“Tom came to the gym four or five years ago with a few of his mates and he was the worst out of the bunch.
“He looked like a new-born giraffe but bit by bit he’s got the experience and last week he sparred two rounds with Carl Froch.
“Callum’s had 21 amateur fights and he more than holds his own with the big kids in our gym so we know he’s ready.”
Ingle has always stressed the importance for the need of a new batch of fighters to be bubbling under the surface and this trio, along with Rotherham heavyweight Kash Ali and featherweight Leo D’Erlanger, will be eager to impress on the undercard.
O’Maison is a southpaw lightweight from Shiregreen and will face Nuneaton centurion Kristian Laight. Hancock, from Crystal Peaks, will fight at light-middleweight and McAssey, who is from Shirecliffe, will be at super-middleweight.