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Corrigan ready for pro bow
4:17pm Wednesday 13th February 2013 in Sport
RYAN Corrigan admits he is champing at the bit to make his professional boxing debut.
The 21-year-old Dudley lightweight will make his first venture into the paid ranks at Birmingham’s HMV Institute on February 24, when he comes face-to-face with Lithuanian Simas Volosinas.
Corrigan, a former ABA Schoolboys national champion, is the sixth fighter from Priory Park Boxing Club to cross over from the amateurs and says he can’t wait to get started.
He said: “I just want to get in there and get it done.
“I had my last amateur fight in December and I’ve wanted to turn over for quite some time.
“I see myself as both a stylist and a puncher. I can mix it up and get into a scrap if I have to.”
Corrigan’s training partner Tommy Ghent is also poised to appear on the Birmingham show in what will be his first bout in more than a year.
With Luke Paddock, Ricky Summers and Lance Brooks all preparing for fights in Wolverhampton next month and Ryan Aston back sparring again following his time out with a cut, it has been a busy time at the Priory Park gym and Corrigan revealed spirits within the camp are high.
He said: “We’ve got a great team spirit now there are a few professionals at the gym.
“We help each other out as much as we can.
“It certainly helps having people who have alreay been in there and though they haven’t told me the ins-and-outs of what to expect I’m confident I will be alright.
“The biggest challenge is getting used to the slower pace of the fights.
“On top of that the training is certainly far more intense but I have to say I’ve loved every minute.”