TOMMY Coward has been challenged by trainer Stefy Bull to snatch his chance in the spotlight, writes Liam Hoden.
The Swinton light middleweight makes the step up to six three minute rounds tonight at the Doncaster Dome in the headline fight against Jay Morris.
And Bull wants his highly-touted fighter to show that title gold is in his future.
He said: “You don’t really look at Tommy as a rookie because he had such a stellar amateur career so there’s a great deal of expectation around him.
“He’s got fantastic skills, that’s why he was such a good junior.
“You know he has the ability to steal the show with the performance and it’s just about getting him off the leash and showing what he can do.
“He’s been given the spotlight this time and it’s is chance to take hold of it and refuse to let go.
“This is a great chance for Tommy to make that step up and show he has a bright future.
“It’s his first time at 6x3 and he’s up against a handy kid who he knows won’t give him an easy ride.
“He had a great training camp and was looking awesome by the end of it.
“I truly believe we’ll be lining up a title fight for Tommy before the end of the year but he needs to make a statement on Friday night.”
The 27-year-old’s opponent Morris is a former British Masters light welterweight champion who has victories over Curtis Woodhouse and Jerome Wilson on his record.
Darfield’s Robbie Barrett will make his professional debut at lightweight tomorrow night against tricky veteran Kristian Laight.
Barrett makes the switch after a successful amateur career with Ernie Oxer School of Boxing, housed alongside Bull’s gym in Mexborough.
Bull said: “I’m really excited about Robbie.
“He’s the first kid to come all the way through our amateur set-up and I’ve taken a bit of a shine to him because he’s a southpaw like me.
“He won 13 of his last 15 amateur fights which tells you how good he is.
“We’re expecting good things for Robbie.”
Other Mexborough-trained fighters on the card include Gavin McDonnell, Connor Nixon, Ste Mac and Andy Townend.
Full card (all 4x3 unless stated): Tommy Coward v Jay Morris (6x3); Ste Mac v Steve Spence; Andy Townend v Evgeni Geshev; Gavin McDonnell v Ashley Lane; Connor Nixon v Ryan McNicol; Maxi Hughes v Ronnie Clark; Joe Rodgers v Pavels Senkovs; Robbie Barrett v Kristian Laight.
* Reporter Liam Hoden will be at the Dome on Friday night. For updates follow @liamhodenDFP on Twitter.