TOWERING Conisbrough fighter Arron Boyce has gone back to the drawing board following his losing professional debut, writes Liam Hoden.
The 25-year-old was surprisingly stopped by Junior Millar at cruiserweight in his first fight last November.
Rather than allowing the setback to overwhelm him, the 6ft3 fighter has reassessed his approach and dropped down a weight class.
And he is set to test himself at light heavyweight for the first time tomorrow night at Doncaster Racecourse.
Boyce (pictured right) will meet Hull fighter Tony Shields over four rounds at Town Moor.
Trainer Glyn Rhodes MBE is full of praise for his fighter’s determination to succeed.
“A lot of guys lose their debut, go away and their world collapses,” Rhodes said.
“A lot of guys lose their debut and it’s no big deal – I lost my debut.
“The alternative to chucking it all in is to go away, regroup and be determined to not let it happen again.
“To his credit Arron has done just that and he’s worked his socks off.
“Getting weight down is the hardest thing a fighter has to do and you know a kid has grafted when he does that.”
Rhodes admits Boyce should have been boxing at cruiserweight but says hindsight is a wonderful thing.
He said: “Although he’s definitely big enough to carry the weight, he shouldn’t have been boxing at cruiserweight.
“It’s one of those things, you don’t really know until you see a boxer in that first fight.
“We all learned a lesson that night and Arron has gone away and gone back to the drawing board. He’s very strong at this weight and he’s ready to be let off the leash.”
Boyce’s clash with Shields is part of a packed card of boxing at the Racecourse featuring a number of Doncaster fighters.
In the main event, Harworth’s Danny Slaney will face Bessacarr’s James Tucker for the British Masters light heavyweight title.
Warren Nixon – elder brother of Connor Nixon – will make his professional debut at super featherweight against Alex Phillips.
Denaby light middleweight Adam Jones is also set for action while Harworth’s Matt Brierley will take on Simeon Cover.
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