IAN Turnbull will be hoping to get his career back on track tonight (Thursday) when he steps into the ring at the Pullman Lodge Hotel in Sunderland.
The middleweight from Ashington suffered defeat last time out, in January of this year, when he was knocked out by danger man Alex Spitko after dominating their contest for five rounds.
This time around Turnbull faces an equally dangerous foe in Ryan Clark who, although with a losing record of just one win (and four draws) in 33 contests, is known in the trade as a fighter who always comes to win.
“Clark is a tough, game and durable journeyman,” confirmed 26-year-old Turnbull.
“I know he’s not won many but he’s nobody’s mug.
“He boxed [on the same show] before me when I fought Spitko so I know how he fights.
“He has an excellent defence and likes to fight inside throwing uppercuts and hooks.
“I’ll have to be switched on at all times and make sure my defence is tight.”
He added: “Training has been going great and I feel fitter than I ever have before.
“I’ve been in the gym constantly since my last fight and I’m confident the training will pay off.
“I’m really excited to be getting back in the ring especially after my last fight, I feel like I have a point to prove.
“No mistakes this time and back to winning ways.”
Also on the bill will be a surprise appearance from Danny Hughes.
The heavyweight from Sunderland was due to be fighting in London on March 31 but now finds himself with an assignment much closer to home.
For ticket information about the Sunderland show contact Tommy Conroy on 07850 434457.