New chapter for Nathan in pro debut at Whitwick
FORMER One Nation amateur Nathan Cooper is to make his debut in the paid ranks on promoter Clifton Mitchell's show at Whitwick in Leicestershire on Sunday.
Cooper won 20 of his 25 amateur bouts and was the holder of a Derbyshire Challenge Belt at middleweight but he will step out for his pro debut at light-heavyweight against another first-timer, Nathan Cain, at the Hermitage Leisure Centre.
The 24 year-old from Littleover says he can't wait to make his paid debut.
"I was feeling apprehensive," he admitted, "but I've been working really hard in the gym and now I don't care who my opponent is. I'm ready for them, whoever they are.
"I've always been a tricky boxer and I'm punching harder now as well. Clifton has made changes to my style. I used to be a hands-down boxer but now I've got a tight guard and look to land hard, clean punches. Clifton expects me to get a few stoppages as a professional.
"Clifton will pick the right fights for me and there are lots of opportunities out there for me if I start winning.
"Prizefighter can propel you up the rankings in one night and there are also British Masters and Midlands Area titles to go for but I'm not looking too far ahead. I just want to get my first fight out of the way."
Eight contests are scheduled on the afternoon show, which includes the ever-entertaining Derby super-flyweight Usman Ahmed, a winner last time out at this venue against Francis Croes to move his record on to 7-5-1.
Up against the 31-year-old will be Wolverhampton veteran Delroy Spencer, having his 166th pro fight at the age of 44 and looking for his 15th win.
Ilkeston super-middleweight Prince David Davis has won on his last three visits to Whitwick to boost a 6-2 record and will be confident of making it four in a row against Duncan Cottier (3-83-3).
Former Spire amateur Kris Davy, an impressive winner on his pro debut in December, has a light-welterweight contest against Ricky Stock, who has lost his first two outings as a pro.
With Coalville's Louis Norman taking on Mohammad Waqas for the vacant British Masters flyweight title, boxing is due to start at 3pm, with tickets £30 and £50 available from 07720 767117.