Kane Baker is all set to reach 25 pro boxing contests when his storied career takes him back to his home city.
That milestone will be passed at the H Suite in Edgbaston, Birmingham, on the Sunday afternoon of December 19, as part of a show staged by BCB Promotions.
It’s been five years since the 31-year-old turned over, where he raced to 4-0 by the summer of 2017 with points wins over Dan Carr, Kristian Laight, Yaddollah Ghasemi and Danny Little.
Baker was then thrust up a level to take on Conor Benn, where he went down swinging in two towards the start of what may well be the second-generation fighter’s road to stardom.
Another defeat for Baker came on points in Northern Ireland, to Gary Cully, but he showed heart to climb off the floor and battle through a cut to see the final bell.
After getting back to winning ways with an over-the-distance success over Chris Adaway, Baker completed eight rounds against Sanjeev Sahota and was only beaten by a point.
Baker again rebuilt with points verdicts at the expense of Michael Mooney and Ibrar Riyaz, before coming off second-best to Sam Maxwell, at the end of a six-rounder.
He completed another eight rounds and scored a points whitewash over Jamie Speight, before a trip to Jeddah, in Saudi Arabia, saw him lose in two to Darren Surtees.
Once again, Baker’s head didn’t drop and he returned to England for arguably his finest honour, dethroning Ishamel Ellis on points to become the Midlands lightweight champion.
Keep-busy points wins over Luke Middleton and Andy Harris paved the way to step up a level, challenging Myron Mills for the English title.
Mills had his hand raised through a majority decision, one judge’s 95-95 draw score negated by tallies of 98-92 and 97-94 for the champion.
Baker returned to notch more points verdicts over Joe Beeden and Dean Jones, before Aqib Fiaz edged him out in another eight-rounder, by a 77-75 margin.
After a six-round points success over Meshech Speare, Baker made the trip to Gibraltar to tackle Youssef Khoumari, who forced the finish in five.
Baker has been in rebuild mode since, posting more points decisions over Luke Merrifield and Dean Jones. He now targets a hat-trick of straight wins, under the H Suite lights.
Tickets for the H Suite bill are available, priced at £40 standard or £75 VIP ringside with buffet, directly from the boxers or by visiting myfighttickets.com.