DEWSBURY boxer Aidan Anderson is preparing to make his professional debut at Elland Road next weekend.
The heavyweight fighter has signed with promoter Mark Bateson and will make his bow on their latest show in Leeds on September 6, where Heckmondwike boxer Cory O’Regan will also be in action.
Anderson has had an unconventional route into professional boxing. A former Dewsbury Celtic rugby league player, he didn’t box as an amateur but gained experience in the ring on white collar shows.
The 29-year-old has now turned pro and is training under Phil Walker at Evolve Boxing Gym in Morley, ahead of his first bout at Elland Road Banqueting Suite against Birmingham’s Shaun Duffy.
Duffy, 34, has had three fights on his professional career, recording one win, by points, and two defeats.
Also on the card is O’Regan’s fourth bout, as the 23-year-old super lightweight prepares to face experienced journeyman Chris Adaway, who has had nine wins, 57 losses and four draws in his career.
O’Regan has won all three of his fights on points since making his debut last December against Adam Bannister.
He defeated Naheem Chaudhry in March before coming out on top again in his most recent bout in May, against Fonz Alexander.