Liam Edmunds will be determined to make up for lost time after being forced to lay waste to last year and 2022 so far.
That wait should come to an end when he’s a part of BCB Promotions’ next offering at the H Suite in Edgbaston, Birmingham, on the Sunday afternoon of July 10.
He should have made his pro debut in December, only for the opportunity to be pulled from the line-up, at the last minute, when Covid reared its head.
The pandemic had already ruined most of 2020 and 2021, for most fighters, with Edmunds’ bow instead rescheduled on another card in February.
That didn’t happen either, due to an arm injury, leaving him having to settle for sparring and ticking over, at the City of Hereford Boxing Academy, in his hometown.
But the 25-year-old lightweight, who is trained by Tony Chadwick, never thought he’d end up in boxing, at all, having only taken up the sport in early 2019.
He joined up with Badd Dawgg’s Gym, in Hereford, and ended up on the unlicenced circuit, displaying an aptitude that led him to 11 wins from 13 contests.
Edmunds said: “When I should have made my debut, I’d done the training camp and I was on my way to the weigh-in, when I found out my opponent had pulled out.
“He had come down with Covid, so there was nothing anybody could do, but it was frustrating to see all of that hard work go to waste.
“The second time around (new date), I got three weeks into my camp and then injured my arm, so that was another chance gone.
“I didn’t feel like I was going to be 100 per cent fit, on the night, and I didn’t want to take the risk, with something as important as my debut.
“I haven’t had a proper fight for a couple of years now, but I’ve made up for it with the amount of sparring that I’ve had, against some good lads.
“I’m comfortable sparring lightweights and I’ve had a few rounds with Dylan (Cheema). He’s excellent, particularly with his footwork, and his feedback towards me was positive.
“This debut has been a long time coming and, for me, it can’t come soon enough. I’m not worried about ring rust, I don’t think there will be any. I just want to get in there now.”
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.