Wolverhampton super featherweight, Des Bowater, believes patience is key as he enters his second year as a professional boxer.
The 22 year-old has made a solid start to life in the paid ranks since switching from the amateur code in May 2013.
He has four straight points victories on his record and will be looking to make it five in row when he takes on Pavels Senkovs at Walsall Town Hall on Saturday, 1st March.
The former Midlands ABA Finalist has lofty aspirations but knows, in order to fulfill his potential, he must learn his trade.
“Biding my time is probably the hardest thing for me,” ‘D-Bow’ told www.uko-boxing.com. “It’s best not to rush as, at this stage of my career, a defeat can turn you from a prospect into a journeyman overnight.
“It’s about patience and improving. My style is now more ‘pro’ than ‘amateur’ and that only comes with fights.
“As much as I want the big fights and titles now, I know I’ve got to rein myself in and keep improving over time. I’m more than ready (to fight) for six rounds. This will be my last four-rounder and then I’ll start stepping things up. It’s a balancing act.”
Bowater knows all about Senkovs. The Latvian, despite only being 24, has 75 professional fights to his name. Although many of those have ended in defeat, Senkovs is a seasoned campaigner who will represent a different kind of test to the one Bowater has faced before.
“He’s tall and comes forward,” he added. “That’s good for me as he’ll just walk onto my shots. I’ve boxed four different styles in my first four fights and Senkovs will offer something different too.
“He’ll just come forward and brawl. It’s good to fight different styles as it helps me improve my ringcraft. I saw him in action against (stablemate) Lee Glover at the Town Hall last year. I’ll be sparring Lee in the build-up to this fight, so he’ll give me a few tips I’m sure.
“I’m looking at making it five straight wins they I will step up to six-rounds and then kick-on from there.”
Topping EJKO Promotions’ ‘March Mayhem’ show is the British Masters Welterweight Title fight between Stourbridge’s Steven Pearce and Sheffield’s Ryan Hardy and the Bronze Masters Light Welterweight clash between Walsall’s Luke Paddock and Stoke’s Kevin Hanks.
Coventry’s Midlands Area super featherweight Champion, Troy James, Dudley light middleweight, Kyle Spencer, Halesowen super middleweight prospect, Lennox Clarke, West Bromwich light middleweight, Tom Stokes, Wolverhampton super featherweight, Des Bowater, Stoke’s welterweight, Josh McLaren, all feature on the undercard alongside three debutants – Coventry light middleweight, James Montgomery, Birmingham cruiserweight, Ollie Lambert, and Leicester welterweight, Ryandeep Nandha.
Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900. The aftershow party takes place at the Pitch Sports Bar and Grill on Bridge Street, Walsall.