DEWSBURYâ€™S Tony Aitcheson is promising blinding pace and devastating power as he makes a long-awaited return to the ring this evening (Friday).
The 23-year-oldâ€™s second professional contest, which sees him appear on gym partner Josh Warringtonâ€™s English featherweight title bill in Leeds, comes almost four years after his initial outing.
Aitcheson was sentenced to 32 months in prison, back in 2009, after admitting affray and causing grievous bodily harm.
And having dodged a further jail term in 2012, the light-welterweight has been fully focused on displaying his vast talents while rescuing his career.
After walking away a free man last November Aitcheson, of Dewsbury Moor, vowed to prove the doubters wrong in an exclusive interview
with The Press.
Before Christmas, he quashed rumours of a possible link-up with Savile Townâ€™s KBW Combat & Fitness and was reunited with former trainer Julian McGowan and his Central Boxing Club â€˜homeâ€™.
â€˜TNTâ€™ Aitcheson has been in full training ever since, which tonight culminates in a six-round clash with Hucknall-based former kickboxing champion Nathan Capeness, who lost his first and only bout in February.
â€œI am so excited â€“ I canâ€™t wait to get back in the ring,â€ said Aitcheson, who will be backed by almost 200 fans at Leedsâ€™ Town Hall.
â€œIâ€™ve had to overcome an awful lot and I have made plenty of mistakes in the past.
â€œBut Iâ€™m in the best shape I have ever been in, I feel 100 times fitter than ever before.
â€œI donâ€™t know too much about Nathan, but that doesnâ€™t matter to me.
â€œI aim to feel him out in the first round but if I get an opportunity then I will take him out. I want to come back with a bang.
â€œThe camp seems to have gone on forever, but that is simply because I have been out for so long.
â€œI am a better fighter now. I have made changes to my style and technique and I have been working hard for at least four months now.
â€œExpectations are high so there is a little pressure on me, but I just want to put on a show and impress.â€
Aitcheson, who has trained alongside newly-crowned English super-featherweight champion Gary Sykes and Warrington since
rejoining the Batley gym, insists he has a lot of catching up to do.
But having sparred some of British boxingâ€™s biggest names, while emerging undefeated following a 16-fight amateur career, Aitcheson has reason to be confident.
â€œI have held my own with the likes of Karl Place, Chad Gaynor and Scott Jenkins over the past couple of months, so I am pretty sure this guy wonâ€™t trouble me,â€ added Aitcheson, who will have trainers Julian McGowan and John Tallant in his corner.
â€œI want a steady and seamless transition back into boxing, I wonâ€™t be rushing into big fights.
â€œThere is a champion atmosphere at Central (Boxing Club) and the ethos is that we are all winners.
â€œYou are never alone, someone is always willing you on.
â€œAnd I fully believe I am ready to now prove myself in an actual fight.â€