Peterborough light-heavyweight Sam Barron is ready to relaunch his ring career - after his dad gave him the rolling pin treatment!
Promoter Steve Goodwin has announced Barron will target his fourth straight win on his show at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Saturday, March 5.
For the 26 year-old from Eye, it will be his first fight since June, 2013.
He was set to box earlier this year, but a back injury ruled him out.
“I was off work for a month with my back,” said Barron, “and I thought I was going to need an operation. I went to see all these physios and osteopaths who ran tests and didn’t know what to do.
“I went round to see my dad, he got me to lie on the floor, fetched a rolling pin from the kitchen and rolled the top of my legs.
“I was in so much pain I was almost crying, but it worked.”
Barron is back training with father Gary, an ex professional himself, at Vic’s Gym in Hampton and hopes to have a busy year ahead of him.
Barron said: “I’m nearly 27 years-old now and I really need to crack on.
“I’m really anxious to get back in the ring. March 5 just can’t come quickly enough.
“I’ve lost two years of my boxing career and I’m angry about that, but there’s nothing I can do about that now.
“I’ve got this fight coming up in March and I will fight every month after that if I can.”
The biggest problem for Barron - and new manager/promoter Goodwin - may be finding opponents to fight.
Barron says he models his boxing on Gerald McClellan - the American knockout artist beaten by Nigel Benn in a savage, tragic fight two decades ago - and he’s shown McClellanesque punching power in his brief professional career.
Lewis Byrne and Bobby Wood were both known as rock-chinned journeymen - but Barron whacked them out inside three rounds apiece at the East of England Showground.
Barron, keen to box on a proposed show in the city next year, said: “I think I might have to jump up a level quicker than most prospects because some of the journeymen might not be keen to get in there with me.
“I know it might be difficult to find opponents for me.”
Tickets for the show at the York Hall are available from 07701-368557.