Birmingham-born boxer Tommy ‘Gun’ Collins is set to return to action tonight (May 21) in Sheffield against Clayton Bricknell.
He is eager to kick on his professional career, after not being in the ring since his unanimous decision win over MJ Hall on February 8, last year
The pandemic has been the main reason for his lengthy spell out of the ring, as many smaller boxing shows are heavily reliant on ticket revenue.
Collins has full confidence that he will be ready and can put on an entertaining show for the fans on the night.
Collins said: “I am desperate to get back in the ring after my 15-month layoff and I can’t wait to get back to winning ways.”
The event will be live streamed on a new boxing streaming service called Fightzone.
The new platform is sponsored by Betfred and has been highly praised by former boxing World Champion Ricky Hatton, for its promotion of the rising stars in the sport.
In an interview with Fightzone, Hatton said: “If I’m brutally honest I think this is what boxing has been crying out for, it will be nice to focus on the grassroots of boxing, as these youngsters come through.”
For Collins, his training camp has been completed at the fitness factory gym with trainer and father Dean Collins.
Dean Collins said: ”Training camp has been fantastic; Tommy retained his fitness and sharpness with training throughout the pandemic, so we have just made slight adjustments, focusing on technique.
“If Tommy performs like he has in camp, it is an easy night’s work.”
Collins will be hoping to improve his professional boxing record to 3-0 and continue his climb up the professional ranks.
He is aiming for three or four bouts this year, to fast track his professional experience and make up for the time he had out of the ring.
Collins said: “I come up with a pro style and being around professional boxers and trainers has helped me transition into the pro game.
“Obviously there is still loads to learn and that will come with experience.”