Garry Neale steps into the limelight as he kickstarts his professional career next month.
The Leigh Park light-welterweight will chase his fourth win in the paid ranks on the undercard of James DeGale’s meeting with Dyah Davis on November 16.
The man, nicknamed Real Neale, will be boxing on the Channel 5-televised bill against an as yet unnamed opponent.
And local fight fans have been urged to get on board and back Neale in the early stages of his bid for boxing glory.
Neale’s trainer, Michael Ballingall, believes his charge has the level of determination to succeed in the sport not all boxers have.
He said: ‘Garry Neale is boxing on the Channel 5 show on the undercard of the James DeGale fight.
‘It’s a good chance for Garry to show the boxing public what he can do.
‘It’s also an opportunity to go out there and box on a TV show.
‘There will be some good fighters on there with people like DeGale involved.
‘Neale is real. It’s no good getting to 10 fights in this game boxing nobody and then realising you’ve got no bottle.
‘It’s a waste of time.
‘People will put money into people to get somewhere, and then find they don’t want to get there.
‘Garry is not like that and wants to get somewhere.
‘We need support, though.
‘This is a journey for Garry and people can be there at the start of his voyage.’
Ballingall backed Neale to shine in the big-fight atmosphere on the DeGale undercard.
There is the potential of television exposure for him on the card, but Ballingall doesn’t believe that will faze his man for a second.
Ballingall said: ‘Garry’s training hard and is buzzing.
‘I don’t think he is the type to freeze or be worried by the television cameras.
‘He wants to go out there and enjoy it.’
Tickets for Neale’s fight at Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent are available on 07939 332010 or visit Ballys Boxing Gym in Fratton.
They cost £40 (£125 ringside) with coach travel available for £15.