Cole hopes to take frustrations out in the professional ranks

Former Cleary's Gym crowd-pleaser Mike Cole is set to make his professional debut at Bedworth Civic Hall on May 21.

Wednesday, 4th May 2016, 4:30 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th May 2016, 5:37 pm
Mike Cole is dipping his toe into the professional ranks. Picture submitted

Cole has signed a three-year deal which will see him fight at least four times a year for Coventry-based Les Allen Boxing Promotions.

“It’s a new start for me,” said Napton fighter.

“I felt I’d come to an end as an amateur and wanted to turn pro and give it a go - let’s see where it takes me.

“I started to get a little frustrated at the points scoring system in amateur boxing and with only having three rounds to win.

“As I started to lose interest I knew it was time to change and try something new.”

Cole admits that while he had grown disillusioned with the amateur game, he had never considered giving up boxing completely.

“I love boxing and didn’t really want to chuck away all the hard work I’ve put in over the last six years.

“Two years ago I was sparring former British welterweight champion Curtis Woodhouse ahead of one of his title fights and did extremely well, so I always had one eye on the pro game.

“I’ve got my own personal goals but want to keep them to myself for now. But I’m going to give this my best shot.”

The Bedworth show will be headlined by Ibstock prospect Sam ‘the Bullet’ Bowen.

For tickets, contact Cole on Facebook or Edwin Cleary at Cleary’s Gym.

Meanwhile, Danny Quartermaine will fight Levi Gilles (Grimsby ABC) for the vacant England senior elite lightweight belt in Stoke on May 13.

Stablemates Lewis Williams, Jake Finch and Norbu Sunang-Joret also feature on the bill.