Preston trainer Karl Ince is looking to put on a professional boxing show in the city to raise the sport’s local profile.
Ince has a number of boxers from the area in his Elite gym stable and wants to put them in the ring in Preston.
His latest recruit is Reece Fowler, 23, who has turned professional after learning his trade at Preston and Fulwood ABC.
He has high hopes for Farington-based Fowler who will fight at either super middleweight or light heavyweight.
Ince said: “I’m looking to put on a show in Preston because we’ve got some smashing lads from this area.
“It’s just about finding a venue and I’m looking for somewhere suitable at the moment.
“We’ve tried the Guild Hall but they want silly money which we can’t afford.
“I’m looking to try and get the show organised in March.
“Preston has always liked boxing at both professional and amateur level.
“I had some good nights in my own boxing career at the Guild Hall, and I think shows in the city would be well supported.”
Ince is pleased to have signed up Fowler and wants his first professional bout to be in March.
He said: “Reece is a great lad and I think he can reach a good standard at pro level.
“The lad has come from Preston and Fulwood ABC which is a smashing club and is where I started out.
“Over the years they have produced some great boxers and I’d like to thank Gary Bully and all the lads there for allowing him to come to us.
“I’ve got nine professionals on my books now, three of who are on the verge of title fights.
“Dean Halsall from Preston who has won seven out of seven pro fights.
“Chris Johnson fought for the English welterweight belt against Lee Purdy last year and was unlucky to get an injury.
“Our cruiserweight Mike Stafford from Southport is going well.
“Next month Shane Singleton fights Curtis Woodhouse for the English light welterweight title.”