Callum Hancock hopes he’s overcome the fear factor of boxing following serious car-whiplash injuries.
The Eckington middleweight competes on Kid Galahad’s undercard, at Ponds Forge, Sheffield, on week on Saturday.
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The 23-year-old suffered neck and back injuries in a car accident last year. He had 11 months out of the sport before returning in a four-rounder last month. He said: “It was a long time coming to get back in the ring following my accident. That year is gone now, that’s over and I’ve moved on and I’m over the moon to be back. I can’t wait for May 10, back in my home town and boxing on a big Channel 5 show like this is every young fighter’s dream – it’s massive exposure and not just for myself but the rest of the lads.
“This is what we work for and train for every day. I’m feeling fit and sharp.
“I had to cancel my birthday (April 17) so after May 10 I’ll celebrate my birthday then, get another win under my belt and keep moving forward.”
Hancock, who is eager to “move towards bigger and better things in the future” said his March victory over Steve Spence was a significant moment in terms of his self-belief.
“It was massive for me, I was absolutely petrified before my last fight, I was scared stiff and I’ve never felt like that before” said the 6ft 3ins fighter.
“I kept doubting myself – am I ready? Should I be doing this? Is it too soon?
“And I answered all the questions to myself which I was over the moon to do. In my training I was worried about doing something to my neck but this time I’ve been flying so all systems are go.
“In this game confidence is key, if you go in that ring doubting yourself, that’s it, game over – the demons are definitely off the shoulders, I’m back in and I’m happy.”
Tickets for the Kid Galahad fight at Ponds Forge, on May 10, start at £35. Call 0114 223 3777.