A former Fisher fighter turned to White Collar Boxing to rebuild his confidence – after a defeat in an amateur bout caused him to fall “into a spiral”.
Dylan Curran, from the Old Kent Road, will fight Rayhan Ahmed at York Hall in a sport in which men and women in professional jobs train for special events.
Curran has used the sport to “overcome fear” and “be proud of oneself win, lose or draw”.
“I have fought for Fisher ABC since thirteen years of age and I have always dreamt of fighting in this historic venue,” Curran explained. “Unfortunately I suffered my first defeat on a November 2015 Fisher ABC Show which broke my confidence, then a broken bone in my hand broke my dreams.
“I recovered from surgery and won my last bout at the Troxy Theatre which has re-instilled my confidence in my abilities in and out the ring.
“Having met, trained and sparred with my opponent, I realised that White Collar Boxing in particular provided people from different backgrounds with the amazing opportunity to box in front of daunting crowds to overcome fear, gain exposure or whatever the cause, and to be proud of oneself win, lose or draw.
“My first loss on the November 2015 Fisher ABC show honestly killed my insides. Despite all the hard nights I had spent in the gym, I fell into a spiral for eighteen months.
“My opponent has expressed a similar reason to me for turning to White Collar, for a confidence boost after not competing in a while and for a test of will.
“Coach Terry Longmore has trained me, got me on the show and in the best shape of my life.”
The fight will take place at York Hall in Bethnal Green on Thursday, March 29 on the Boxstar Promotions White Collar event for the super-featherweight title.