Today's installation of Debut Corner comes from Scotland featuring former kickboxing champion, Sam Allan.
It's a family affair for the light-welterweight, Sam as he makes his pro bow on the same show as his brother, Scott an unbeaten 22-year-old bantamweight who goes up against African boxing champion, Isaac Quaye this weekend at Rivals Gym, Wishaw.
Hear it told straight from the horse's mouth here...
What made you want to start boxing?
"When I was young, I attended kickboxing classes and the reason I wanted to start boxing back then was to make me more powerful and stronger when connecting my punches on my opponents. Back then, when I was around 13/14/15 it was more for training to help me progress in kickboxing and my brother (Scott Allan) was the one who was competing and last year when he started boxing professionally, I started getting a buzz about it again and training with my brother and Charlie Parvin that little bit more.
Who was your boxing hero growing up and why?
"I loved Ricky Hatton, he's my idol and hero in that boxing ring and for a couple of reasons. One, being his style he loved to get an opponent on the ropes and deliver hell from all angles until they couldn’t take any more and another reason is the fact that he is one of the boys who didn’t look past his roots and was always very humble, you could go to the pub and have a pint talking to ricky whereas some boxing stars wouldn’t do that."
How old were you when you had your first fight and how did you do?
The first fight I remember having was at eight-years-old in the kickboxing Scottish championships where I won the big gold trophy, I'm sure its still in the cupboard somewhere."
How well did you do in the amateurs?
"As a boxer, I didn’t compete as an amateur but as an amateur kickboxer I had probably around 100 tournament style fights (like freestyle/karate/tkd) and winning two world titles, and in the ring as an amateur full contact fighter, I had around 35 fights winning another two world tiles and defending them."
What made you decide to turn pro?
"The reason I've decided to turn pro is to enhance my profile around my local area and show kids that if you work hard anything really is possible, if just one kid looks to me and strives towards success then that’s me happy."
What team do you have around you?
"I have a great team, me and my brother Scott train each other alongside Charlie Parvin who was a great amateur and a Scottish bantamweight professional boxing champion – he knows his stuff and is like your Mikey out of the Rocky films. And my mum and dad who do everything in there powers to help with training and just day-to-day life."
What sort of fighting style do you have?
"I would say my style is of an aggressive style/type. I love to attack my opponents and unleash everything I have and give it my all."
What ambitions do you have for your pro career?
"My ambitition is to walk out at Fir Park (Motherwell FC) with a load of screaming fans enjoying the event and having a singsong! A nice Scottish title would be lovely as well."
When is your first fight and who will be there in support?
"My first fight is the 25th of April on the undercard of my brother's toughest and biggest fight to date. Im really looking forward to it, the last time we fought on the same show was back in 2011 and both of us stopped our opponent, let's hope we can repeat this."
Any message for the fans?
"I have a walk out song of The Jam - Going Underground, and a wee saying from that is, “the public gets what the public wants,” so what do you want team..."
For tickets to the debut fight please call: Stewart- 07711 725 257