By James Eley
Tommy Loach has spent a year training to ensure he is ready to make the step up to the professional ranks and the West Bromwich welterweight is itching to make his debut on Black Country Boxing’s ‘High Stakes’ show, sponsored by Grosvenor Casino Walsall, at Walsall Town Hall on Saturday, 24th September.
“Everything is going to plan and I can’t wait to get in the ring now and put on a performance,” he told ww.uko-boxing.com. “I am really excited to make my debut because I have been training for about a year for this so it has been a long wait but I know it will be worth it the night comes.
“It was difficult to adjust to the switch from the amateur side to the professional side at the start but I am getting to grips with it now. I feel like I suit the professional game more than I do the amateur. My style is much more about timing my shots and making each punch count rather than the amateur side where loads of punches are thrown.”
The West Brom pugilist spent over a decade in the amateur side before making the decision to step up to professional and he is confident he will be a success. The 24-year-old is juggling his time as he has to work as well as box but Loach is prepared to do whatever it takes.
“I work with Severn Trent as well as boxing so it is difficult to manage my time. Sometime it can be a real nightmare because I will get back from training late after work and I have no time to myself but it is what you have to do so I just make sure I can get through it.
“I’m more than ready to make the switch to the pro game. In the end I fell out of love with the amateur game. I had been boxing in the amateur side since I was eleven and I just lost heart with it and I wanted something different and a new challenge. If I was still doing it now I think I would have finished boxing so I am glad to be out and I am really looking forward to getting started as a professional.
“I want to be as active as possible as the minute. Hopefully I can just keep stepping up the levels in my career and keep progressing onwards. I have set my aim on reaching the British Title and then we will see what options open up and see what is available to me.”
High Stakes is headlined by a Birmingham’s Paul Holt taking on Tamworth’s Louis Fielding for the vacant Midlands Area Super Featherweight Title.
Midlands cruiserweight pair – Wolverhampton’s Joshua Burke and Coventry’s Dilly Singh – also feature alongside undefeated Old Hill lightweight, Manny Zaber.
Undefeated West Bromwich middleweight, Tom Stokes, will be looking to record an eighth straight win and undefeated Newark super middleweight, Chad ‘2 Slick’ Sugden, is also in action.
Undefeated Birmingham super welterweight, Luke Heron (Walker), completes the card.
Tickets are priced at £30 (general admission) and £60 (VIP Ringside), and can be purchased by calling 0845 111 2900 or directly from any boxer on the bill.
The weigh-in and aftershow (over 18’s only) take place at Grosvenor Casino Walsall, Bentley Mill Way, Walsall WS2 0LE (just off junction 10 of the M6). Grosvenor Casino Walsall will have a presence at the Town Hall on the evening and have linked up with local taxi firm, Yellow Taxi’s, to supply a number of free taxi’s to take guests from the Town Hall to the casino post-fight.
Find out more about Grosvenor Casino Walsall here: http://www.grosvenorcasinos.com/local-casinos/walsall/