MAXI Hughes says he is living the dream as a professional boxer but is desperate to make it even sweeter.
The Rossington lightweight is back in the ring next Friday at the Dome where he is set to take on Slovakian Ivan Godor.
Hughes has impressed so far in his six fight career, demonstrating a great deal of patience, resiliency and smarts.
His last fight against Ronnie Clark was a showstealer that ended in a draw and further added to Hughes’ credentials.
And as he heads into his seventh bout still unbeaten, he is loving every minute of it.
He said: “When I started out as an amateur I used to dream of being professional but I never imagined I would.
“To have made a decent start to life as a pro is brilliant – I’m living the dream at the minute.
“I absolutely love doing this and I’m really dedicated to making a success of it.
“I’m not quite as far on as I’d have liked to have been because I was out with a hernia operation last year but I’m determined to make up for lost time.”
The 22-year-old will not dwell too much on his opponent for next week out of fear of psyching himself out of the win.
He said: “I have this problem that if I concentrate too much on what the other kid can do then it starts to affect my mindset.
“I’ll watch a couple of videos of him, just to get a feel of what he’s like.
“He went ten rounds with Martin Gethin recently so he’s definitely a fit kid.
“But I’m confident I can do the business as long as I keep my head and I’m sensible about things.”
Hughes has prepared for the bout by sparring with Curtis Woodhouse, the former Sheffield United midfielder turned successful boxer.
He said: “It’s been great being in there with Curtis, he’s very good.
“He’s aggressive and it keeps you on your toes.
“I’ve worked hard to prepare for this fight because I didn’t quite make the weight in time for the last fight and overtrained in the run up to it.
“It definitely took it out of me during the fight and I won’t be making the same mistake again.”
Hughes’ bout with Godor will be part of a card promoted by former Conisbrough pro Stefy Bull.
The theme of the night is England versus Europe in celebration of the start of Euro 2012, featuring a host of local fighters.
Hughes said: “The atmosphere at the Dome is probably the best I’ve experienced as a fighter.
“It’s great to be in there and it be packed with Doncaster fans cheering on local lads.
“I’ll be bringing quite a few with me and they’re buzzing after how good a fight my last one was.
“I’m looking forward to it and I just can’t wait to get in there now.”