GARRY Neale has been backed to rise to the challenge as he steps up his professional career.
The Leigh Park light-welterweight, nicknamed Real Neale, goes in search of his fourth win in the paid ranks in Kent tonight.
Neale boxes on the undercard of James DeGale’s televised clash with Dyah Davis at the Glow Arena.
And the 25-year-old has been tipped to revel in a tricky test against durable journeyman Simas Volosinas.
The Lithuanian has taken the likes of Martin J Ward the distance and given Southampton’s Matt Tew a hard time in a 15-fight career.
Neale’s trainer, Michael Ballingall, believes it will represent a tough assignment for his charge.
Ballingall said: ‘Garry’s looked exciting so far and looked strong.
‘But this is a tough customer he’s in with.
‘He’s fit and comes to win.
‘He boxed Matty Tew at the Mountbatten Centre and gave him loads of problems. A lot of people thought he’d won that.
‘He also fought Mitch Buckland and they stopped the fight when they shouldn’t.
‘And he took Martin Ward the distance, so he can move around with people, that’s for sure.
‘Maybe Garry has faded a bit in his first two, so we’ve been working on his fitness.
‘He didn’t get to show that last time out because he got the early stoppage.
‘He’s low maintenance and gets on with it.
‘Garry also takes on board what you say and is turning into a decent body puncher. He’s taking advantage of the fact he’s quite short and is using his angles.
‘Some people might think it’s a little bit too much for Garry at the moment but I’ve got no qualms about putting him in with him.
‘It’s a TV show so he’s not going to fight someone who falls over as soon as he hits him.
‘It’s a tough fight for Garry but he’s a real man who is out to have a go and do something in boxing. He’s not afraid of the risk factor.’
Neale has looked decent in his three professional outings to date, picking up two wins and having an early night last time out – stopping Scot Michael Stupart in 37 seconds in Fareham in September.
Boxing on a show backed by respected promoter Mick Hennessy could open doors for Neale and the rest of his stable-mates.
He will travel to Kent with a healthy following behind him, after selling his allocated tickets for the show.
Neale has been receiving support from Leigh Park Warrior Tony Oakey ahead of his fight.
Oakey knows all about the big nights in domestic boxing and that experience is proving helpful.
Ballingall said: ‘If Garry puts in a good performance Mick Hennessy will have him back again.
‘Garry is flying the flag for the gym.
‘He’s more than happy and has had good support from his sponsor.
‘Tony Oakey has come down to help out as well.
‘He won’t let anything faze him and being in front of the cameras won’t be an issue. Tony has been speaking about that and he’s had good advice on that front.’