Simon Barclay can’t wait to return to the boxing ring in front of a hometown crowd tomorrow (Friday) night.
The Corby cruiserweight is back in action for the first time since suffering a first defeat of his professional career in March.
Barclay was stopped because of a cut having taken a bout against English champion Matty Askin at short notice.
But the 26-year-old is ready to return following that setback when he faces off against Florian Strupits at the Rockingham Forest Hotel.
The show named ‘Redemption’ and promoted by Longshots Sports, will also feature the professional debut of Kettering boxer Domenic Specchio.
And Barclay is relishing the opportunity to box in front of his own fans once again.
“Training camp really came together in the last couple of weeks,” he said.
“It was a bit frustrating at times but it’s come together and I feel fully prepared.
“I can’t wait to get back in there and get going again.
“It’s always special to fight in Corby.
“The noise the fans make is always incredible and it’s better than fighting in a bigger arena where the noise gets lost at times.”
Ukrainian-born Strupits, who lives in Latvia, is a 35-year-old who made his professional debut back in 2006.
And Barclay fully expects to have too much in his armoury for him to contend with.
“He is a tidy boxer but I should have too much for him,” the Corby man added.
“I think he has good, basic skills and is really tidy but I am expecting him to come forward, which should suit me.”
Doors open at 7pm tomorrow evening with the first bell at 8pm.
For details on tickets for the show, visit www.longshotssports.com.