A young boxer from Chesterfield is set to make a grand entrance in to the competitive arena when he opens the Championship England Boxing event in Evesham.
Hasland Hall pupil Kieron Brennan, 12, is the first name on the bill and will step in to the ring for three, 90-second rounds on Saturday (March 7).
His dad, Andrew, from Hasland, took both Kieron and his brother Shay, 15, to Dronfield ABC ten months ago after he caught them arguing.
He said: “He was arguing with his brother and so I took them down to the gym. Kieron is a natural talent, quite unbelievable really.
“We’ve heard promising things from his coach and now he’s got this opening spot. It’s exciting, I think I’m more nervous than him.”
Jamal Ledoux will defend his mens Elite Central England Light Heavyweight title against Abdul Aleem Ahmed in the top billing on the night.
At least another three championship belts will be on the line and Andrew said it’ll be some way for him to make his debut.
“I’m very proud the way he’s taken to the sport that demands such dedication,” he said. “There will be England spotters there so it’s a big opportunity for him at such a young age.”
There is another fight scheduled to take place on March 21 in Boston against Coby Brown, while Kieron’s brother Shay is nearing his first time in the ring.
“Shay had one lined up last month but his opponent pulled out. We hope to have something for him soon, we’re just waiting on a date,” he added.
“The gym owner Andy Marlow has made them feel so welcome since they came to the gym at S18. He is a fantastic guy.”