Knight is ready to show off new style
TOM Knight is looking forward to putting himself in the public eye after finding his identity as a professional boxer.
The 20-year-old made a hurried debut at Hull City Hall last November after only deciding to turn pro weeks earlier.
Having spent the past four months finding his own style alongside trainer Stevie Smith, the light-middleweight is ready to re-launch himself with a bang.
Knight will box on the 'United' show at the Sports Arena in Hull on March 28, taking part in the jointly-run event between the Stevie Smith Boxing Academy and St Paul's.
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"I'm really looking forward to this fight because in my first one I wasn't really ready," Knight told the Mail.
"It was an off-the-cuff decision to fight on the last show and I only had three weeks to prepare for it. Since then I've been non-stop so I'm really looking forward to it and making a big impact."
Making the switch from an amateur at Fish Trades, Knight couldn't be happier now he's found his style.
"It's been great to have that time to find myself after my first fight," added Knight.
"Because I jumped straight in last time I fought in an amateur style. What I didn't like about the amateurs is you can't really be yourself and you have to box in a certain way to match the scoring system or whatever country you are in.
"In the pro game I have found my own identity now, I can be the boxer I want to be and I'm ready to show that to everyone in Hull on this show."
Knight won all four rounds against Vaclav Skromach on his debut last year, but is hoping for a first stoppage.
The aspiring prospect faces 28-year-old Nottingham boxer Andy Hardy, who has only been sent to the canvas and stopped once in his 13-fight career.
"I have been practicing not wasting shots. My favourite fighters are Floyd Mayweather and Adrian Broner. They throw a lot of power shots, but very rarely waste shots. I'm looking to do that," he said.
"I know how fit I am. I'll be looking to keep up a relentless work rate and get him out of there before the end.
"I'll have this four round contest and then I'll be straight into six round fights. By the end of the year, I'm after a minor title fight.
"There's no need to rush, but I don't want to be fighting journeymen, I want to be fighting people who will hit me back and test me."
Tickets for the 'United' show are £30 standard or £50 ringside. For details, ring 07817 866621 or 07912 899123.