Tom Stokes makes his professional debut at Walsall Town Hall later this month. The West Bromwich Welterweight takes on experienced Bheki Moyo on the undercard of Martin Gethin’s IBF Final Eliminator with Ammeth Diaz at Walsall Town Hall on Friday, 31st May.
“I’m training hard at the moment,” Stokes told www.uko-boxing.com. “I’m a little nervous but that’s to be expected.
“It’s a dream to turn pro on such a big night of boxing. Bheki Moyo is an experienced opponent so it’s a good first test for me.”
As an amateur, Stokes fought out of both Wednesbury ABC and Wodensborough ABC. He now trains out of Errol Johnson’s Wednesbury Boxing Academy with the likes of Martin Gethin and Wolverhampton super-featherweight Dezzie Bowater, who is making his debut on the same night.
Amongst those he works with is former Midlands Area Welterweight Champion, Jason Welborn. Stokes is a big fan of the Rowley Regis banger and is grateful that Welborn has taken him under his wing.
“I was just ready to move away from the amateur game and I’m really lucky to be training with fighters like Jason Welborn now,” he added. “I learn a lot from him.
“He’s someone I look up to. He’s a good boxer. I think he’s class. He’s a really nice guy as well and he’s helping me along.
“He looks after me and I look up to him I suppose. He’s helping me with my training for this fight and I really appreciate the support he’s been giving me.
“It will be a big night; for me and everyone else on the bill.”
As well as Gethin versus Diaz, ‘Ready To Silence The World’ also features Walsall Cruiserweight, Chris Keane, who competes for the vacant WBO International Cruiserweight Title.
Top Welsh super-featherweight, Craig Evans, and unbeaten Boston light-heavyweight prospect Callum Johnson are also both in action whilst former Commonwealth Welterweight title challenger Ronnie Heffron features.
Swadlincote super middleweight Craig Willshee makes his professional debuts alongside Stokes and Bowater. Undefeated Stafford super-middleweight prospect Grant Cunningham is also in action.
Tickets, priced at £40 and £75 Ringside, are available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900. Doors will open at 6pm and boxing will commence at 6.30pm.
Gethin v Diaz will be televised live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546). Join at www.boxnation.com.