World Kickboxing champion Carl Mallinson is looking forward to making his professional boxing debut and predicts he will be an exciting prospect in the cruiserweight division.
At 29 years of age, the Chippenham boxer admitted that time isn’t necessarily on his side and that he expects to take the “fast route” to getting a title shot.
Mallinson’s boxing debut will take place at Swindon’s Oasis Leisure Centre in April on the Fight Town 1 show promoted by Neilson Boxing in association with Paddy Fitzpatrick and Trifecta Boxing.
And Mallinson predicts that he will produce an exciting performance and expects a host of his loyal fans to make the short trip down the M4.
“Me and my kick-boxing coach sat down and said where do we go from here,” said Mallinson.
“I don’t want to get to the point where it’s ‘woulda, coulda, shoulda’. I’m 29 and I really want to give it a go now.
“From my background I’m unorthodox. I’m a come-forward fighter and I like to hit downstairs. I’m not the biggest guy at the weight, but hopefully I’ll be one of the most exciting.
“The plan is hopefully to have a cracking start and take the fast route and the opportunities that come. I have to be training like a demon and be ready for the opportunities that come up and take them with both hands.”
Mallinson’s bout is one of at least 14 fights on the April 27th card which is co-headlined by Swindon’s Luke Watkins and Ryan Martin.
Tickets are now available and can be obtained from any of the boxers or via the Neilson Boxing website www.neilsonboing.co.uk
Your Sport’s Steve Butt caught up with Carl Mallinson at the Fight Town 1 press conference on Saturday.
Watch this interview by clicking on the video below.