Peterborough light-heavyweight Sam Barron is back in the ring next month.
The 26 year-old from Eye has put pen to paper on a three-year deal with manager Steve Goodwin and boxes on his show at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Saturday, September 5.
Barron, trained by father and ex-professional Gary, hasn’t boxed since he overpowered Bobby Wood inside a couple of rounds at Peterborough Arena in June, 2013.
That was his third straight win in the professional ring - his second inside the distance - and Barron says he’s keen to get his career moving again.
He said: “I’ve missed boxing, but I was training for fights and they were falling through.
“It gets a bit disheartening when you train for eight weeks, try to eat the right food, stay in - and then the fight doesn’t happen.
“That’s why I haven’t boxed for a while, but I’ve stayed in the gym and I’m only 26, so I’ve got time on my side.
“Steve (Goodwin) says he wants me to possibly box for the Southern Area title next year - and my target is the British title eventually.”
Barron, sponsored by Acorn Lodge Luxury Boarding Kennels and Cattery, Mucky Paws, Audi Peterborough, SBD Pavings Ltd, Motor Exchange and Andy Bradshaw of BRC Brickwork, has been sparring fighters with similar ambitions.
He’s been trading punches with English super-middleweight champion Jahmaine Smyle and this week headed to the Black Country to spar Ricky Summers, an unbeaten light-heavyweight closing in on a title shot.
Barron, a tall, lean boxer-puncher who models himself on ex-world champion Gerald McClellan, said: “Even though I haven’t been boxing, I’ve been working in the gym and improving.
“I’m stronger now and my punching power has developed.
“I’ve got a good job now (Barron works as a bricklayer and personal trainer), I’m earning good money and that means I can afford to buy the right foods and eat properly.”
For Barron, next month’s fight is his first at a venue regarded as “the home of British boxing.”
He said: “Every fighter and fan knows the York Hall and I’ve always wanted to fight there.
“I’ve been to big shows there and seen people like Billy-Joe Saunders box and it’s going to be a special night when I box there.”
Tickets for the show at the York Hall are available from 07701-368557.