Ainsley Ratcliffe is ready to prove himself after switching from boxing’s amateur ranks to the professional game.
The former William Perry ABC flyweight makes his pro debut on EJKO Promotions’ ‘Double Trouble 2’ Show at Walsall Town Hall.
Ratcliffe was a finalist in the 2012 NABC Boxing Championships at 48 kgs but believes his style is more suited to the paid ranks as the clock ticks ever closer to his pro boxing bow this coming Saturday, 16th November.
“I was an amateur for seven years,” he told www.uko-boxing.com. “I did well at the NABC’s last year but then had a bit of a break.
“When I got my appetite back, I decided the time was right to turn pro. It suits my style. You don’t throw as many punches. It’s more power work. You plant your feet and let your shots go, which is how I like to fight.”
Ratcliffe takes on unknown fighter, Csaba Kovacs. Born in Bulgaria but residing in Hungry, Kovacs made his professional debut just last week, stopping Bela Szabo inside two rounds.
“We don’t know much about him,” conceded Ratcliffe. “He’s had one fight and won it but you don’t know what that opponent was like, so you can’t read much into it.
“All I know is that training has been going well and I’m feeling fit and sharp.”
Since switching from the amateur code, the 19 year-old has found his way to Errol Johnson’s Wednesbury Boxing Academy. Sparring with Northampton flyweight, Nathan Reeve, and working alongside the likes of British Masters Light Middleweight Champion, Jason Welborn, Ratcliffe can already see the benefits of training with experienced professional’s week in, week out.
“The atmosphere at the gym is great. Nathan Reeve is a good guy to spar. He’s a good fighter. He’s training for a fight on 1st December and we’ve done a lot of work together.
“You can’t help but learn from the lads in the gym. Nathan has toughened me up in the ring and then someone like Jason Welborn is just great to watch. I like his style and I enjoy watching him train. I’m picking up little tips.
“It’s a great gym and I’m looking forward to fighting on the same bill as a few of my stable mates like Tom Stokes and Lennox Clarke. It will be a good night. The first of many I hope.”
Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900.
The top of the ‘Double Trouble 2’ bill sees Cradley’s Chris Male takes on Coventry’s Troy James in a British Super Featherweight Title Eliminator whilst Stourbridge’s former Midlands Area Welterweight Champion, Steven Pearce takes on Stafford’s Rob Hunt for a British Masters Welterweight strap.
Walsall’s Chris Keane takes on Jiri Svacina from Czech Republic as chief support to the two main contests.
West Bromwich welterweight prospect, Tom Stokes, takes on the evergreen Danny Donchev and ‘Tipton Slasher’ Lee Glover steps in with Igor Tsujev at super featherweight. As with Ratcliffe, Halesowen super middleweight Lennox Clarke debuts against Congo-born Didier Blanch.
The aftershow party will take place at The Pitch Sports Bar and Grill, Bridge Street, Walsall