The only way is up for Ameen Khalid after he became his own worst critic of a pro debut performance.
His second outing will come when BCB Promotions are back at the Venue in Dudley, for the first time since July 2019, as part of tonight’s fight night (March 4).
He was far from pleased with his display when making his pro bow last month, despite a winning introduction to the paid ranks.
Khalid felt that he laboured to a four-round points success, prevailing by a 39-37 scoreline over Swindon-based Romanian Constantin Radoi.
The 24-year-old lightweight made his pro debut at the fourth time of asking, after a series of cancellations going as far back as early 2020.
That led to two years on the sidelines, with his previous action being a final amateur bout for hometown outfit Worcester Boxing Club, where he racked up 25 victories from 35 bouts.
After a less-than-satisfying pro debut, Khalid was back in training, at Amin Khan’s Truth Boxing Club (MTK Gloucestershire), and is determined to make amends.
He said: “I had one day off, after my debut, and I was straight back in the gym, because I can fight way better than I did that night.
“I probably only performed about 40 per cent of what I’m capable of. I’m slick, I can move and I’ve got decent footwork, which I didn’t do enough of.
“I felt good, after the first round, and I was comfortable using my jab. In the second and third, I started to rush in and was far too over-eager.
“I had a short opponent, who was stocky, who was holding and trying to spoil me, but I also knew that my best wasn’t quite there.
“Maybe I was trying too hard to get the stoppage, waiting for that big shot and missing all too often, and I realised they don’t come that easy. I got tired, but I still won.
“Everything felt on edge, to a degree, and the atmosphere was crazy. It really is a different ball game, being a pro, and I know full well now what it takes.
“I reckon it’s the hardest sport in the world (boxing), but I believe that I’ve got what it takes to be a success. I can perform way better than that.
“It wasn’t the best camp, in terms that it was shorter than usual, as we took the date at relatively short notice, hence why I’ve carried on training ever since.
“This one is going to be a big improvement. I’ll stay switched on and be more focussed. I’m determined to show my skills and prove to everyone what I’m about.”
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