Oli Cassidy is planning to pick up where he left off when engaging in competitive combat after an eight-month absence.
He returns at the Hangar Events Venue (Pearson Street), in Wolverhampton, on Friday July 14, as part of a show hosted by BCB Promotions.
Cassidy, who lives in Rowley Regis, has been thwarted with his attempts to improve upon an unbeaten pro record, which stands at 6-0, during 2023.
The last entry on his paid ledger was earned in November of last year, which have all been four-round points successes, with most of them through a 40-36 whitewash score-line.
He turned pro in 2019, after an amateur career that saw him represent hometown outfit Tamworth Boxing Club and, later, Priory Park BC in Dudley.
That saw him gain 35 amateur wins and a Midlands title in the England Junior competition, where he went on to reach the national semi-finals.
His pro debut took place Down Under, after travelling to Australia with his girlfriend, Joanne. Cassidy would have his hand raised, through a majority decision, against Michael Bagley.
Aussie rules stated that three judges were required, so verdicts of 40-36 and 39-37 for him negated the third official, who ruled it a 38-38 draw.
Since coming back to England, Cassidy has continued to campaign at super welter and has outpointed another five opponents, with only one round conceded along the way.
He beat Seamus Devlin, MJ Hall, Paul Cummings and, most recently, George Rogers, by landslide results, with Richard Helm claiming a solitary session (39-37 the final score).
Cassidy said: “I’ve had a good training camp, but I’ve been in the gym for most of the year anyway. For most of that time, I’ve just been waiting on a fight date, so it’s been frustrating.
“I changed manager over (from Jon Pegg to Mick Carney) and that took some time, too. I’ve been getting dates and they haven’t happened, but I just need to get on with it now.
“There’s loads of sparring about for me. I’m still trained by Richie (Ghent, at RG Box Fit in Bilston) and I spar a lot with Danny Ball (English champion) and Conah Walker (contender).
“They are more experienced and have completed a championship distance (10-rounder), so I’m sure that I can do the same, as soon as I get used to doing more rounds.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back in there and what’s important is getting a good win under my belt, but I feel like I’m already past being a four-round fighter.
“I’m definitely fit enough, because I’ve carried on training, and I want to progress quickly. After a couple of six-rounders, I can’t see why I wouldn’t be ready to go for a title.
“My last performance was a while ago now, but it’s probably the best that I’ve boxed (as a pro). I was aggressive, rather than boxing too much. I started quicker and pressed the pace.
“I’ve not got a (pro) stoppage yet, but it’s hard to stop a durable journeyman over four rounds. You have to do something special, for that, but I can make an impact.”
Tickets for the Hangar bill are available, priced at £40 standard or £75 VIP ringside, directly from the boxers or by visiting myfighttickets.com.