Astonishingly, 22-year-old Jake Ball has boldly turned his back on the chance to fight in the next Olympics due to the strain of being away from his wife and two young sons.
It is a brave decision for someone so young but is already paying off since being signed by Eddie Hearn's top promotional outfit - Matchroom Boxing.
His pro bow is on a huge stage at the O2 Arena in London on the undercard of Anthony Joshua's Commonwealth title bid against unbeaten Scotsman Gary Cornish.
Here's what the Guildford City Gym student had to say...
What made you want to start boxing?
“It was my older brother that first got me into boxing. He started so I tagged along.”
Who was your boxing hero growing up and why?
“‘The Greatest’ Muhammed Ali and also Sugar Ray Leonard because of their fast hands and foot movement.”
How old were you when you had your first fight and how did you do?
“I was 11-years-old and I stopped the lad in the third round.”
How well did you do in the amateurs?
I won several national titles as an amateur then got selected to join the GB boxing team in early 2013, I boxed for them for the following two years bringing back a medal at all four international tournaments I was sent to.”
What made you decide to turn pro?
“It was the right time for me as I am 22-years-old now, married with two kids and the time I was having to spend away from them in Team GB didn't suit me, so turning pro was the right move for me.”
What team do you have around you?
“One of the best teams professionally and personally with Jimmy Mac, John Edwards, Terry Steward, my wife, my mum and dad and Eddie Hearn.”
What sort of fighting style do you have?
“I am a counter-boxer that can fight when I need to.”
What ambitions do you have for your pro career?
“My main goal is to become World champion one day and with my team and family behind me and my desire to do so, I will be.”
When is your first fight and who will be there in support?
“My first fight is September 12th at the O2 Arena and all my friends and family are coming down to support me.”
Tell us something that many people know about you?
I'm pretty much an open book so I haven't got any skeletons in the closet!”
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