Brandon Jones will be going back to his boxing when he attempts to build upon a smashing start to life as a pro.
His journey continues at the Holiday Inn Queensway, in Birmingham city centre, on the evening of Thursday December 2, as part of a show staged by BCB Promotions.
He scored a third round TKO over Ryan Bithell during his paid bow on October 16, leading the Brummie to an impressive result in his backyard, at the H Suite in Edgbaston.
Left-hander Bithell had enjoyed a winning debut himself beforehand, outpointing Nathan Junor, but came a cropper when facing Jones.
Bithell protested that he was able to continue, despite being under fire after climbing off the floor, but referee Chris Dean was having none of it.
There are high hopes for Jones, from Chelmsley Wood, after a successful amateur career that saw him land two national titles.
The 22-year-old went all of the way in the 2014 England Junior Championships and the NABC competition of 2016, representing Wayne Elcock’s Box Clever outfit.
Jones has set his sights on the sort of prizes former British middleweight champion Elcock claimed in the pro ranks, with John Costello in his corner as coach.
Demolishing Bithell is just the beginning, with Jones keen to stress that he’s eager to demonstrate his skills and complete the four-round distance this time.
He said: “I never went in there for the stoppage, I just went out to box and it came along. I hung back, threw a big right hand and it dropped him.
“He got back up, the referee jumped in and it was over. I, personally, agreed with the stoppage, but my opponent didn’t and that’s up to him.
“I loved being in the ring again, I felt any nerves go quickly and it’s just as well, because he came to win and went after me from the start.
“I wanted a decent test and he was certainly game enough, he made it into a bit of a brawl and I can do that, but I’d rather have boxed him.
“When I found my range, I got the finish and I used my boxing brain to do it. He was a southpaw, so I got on the outside of his front foot and caught him with that right hand.
“I’ve dealt with southpaws before, as an amateur, so I’ve got the experience and I think I’ve already started to prove what I can do, as a pro.
“My debut, really, couldn’t have gone much better and, now it’s out of the way, I’ll be more relaxed this time and sticking to the game-plan.
“I’ll be staying at light heavyweight, but I can see myself maybe going up to cruiserweight, at some stage. I went up the weights in the amateurs.
“I’m buzzing for this next fight and I’m hoping to put another good performance. It’s another home show and that’s incentive enough for me.”
Tickets for the Holiday Inn offering are available now, priced at £40 standard or £80 VIP ringside with buffet, directly from the boxers or by visiting myfighttickets.com.