For someone who just wants to fight, Paul Truscott‘s career has been frustratingly stop-start.
The Middlesbrough man is delighted then – having not thrown a punch in anger since losing a British super-featherweight title fight to Gary Buckland a year ago – to be finally getting out when he appears on Dennis Hobson Promotions‘ ‘Nemesis’ show at Darlington’s Dolphin Centre on March 9.
“I can’t wait,” stated the former Commonwealth featherweight champion. “It’s so close to home and it’s been a while since I boxed up here; it’s really exciting.
“There’s another Middlesbrough lad [Shafiq Asif] on as well, so there’ll be plenty of Boro lads there screaming and shouting too.”
Making weight has been Truscott’s Achilles’ heel over recent years, evidenced by his performance against the talented Buckland. A skilled technician, Paul showed his trademark heart during the distance defeat but was never ‘at the races’, something he attributes to trying to make 9st 4lbs.
The 26-year-old also recently found himself having to withdraw from a WBO European super-featherweight title chance against Crawley’s Ben Jones after suffering a virus – a situation that’s finally prompted the decision that his ‘boiling down’ days are over.
“It was the weight that done me with the Buckland fight; I was a dead man walking really. I tried to make the weight one more time [against Jones] when I was supposed to box a couple of weeks back, but my body was so run down I couldn’t do it and had to pull out.
“I’ll be boxing at lightweight in future because I’m a decent size. Everyone I fight seems to be a midget compared to me! So I think I’ll suit lightweight a lot better.”
Still young, and with a decent ledger of just three defeats in 21 contests, Paul’s future in boxing continues to look bright. Appearing on the undercard of Stuart Hall’s Commonwealth bantamweight title defence against Isaac Nettey in Darlington, ‘Trussy’ will look to get his career back on track before remaining busy for the rest of 2013.
“I’m old school; I just want to fight and as long as the weight’s OK I’ll box anyone. I want to get title shots again as soon as possible and box regularly because inactivity has killed my career.
“I’m too high risk and not enough reward for people to face really and it’s really stalled me. I want to be boxing as much as possible this year.”
“I’m a boxing fan and it’s great to have someone of Paul’s quality on this show,” stated promoter Dennis Hobson. “He’s a real talent and if I can help him win titles again in the future then I’ll do all I can to make that happen.”
Stuart Hall will defend his Commonwealth bantamweight title against Issac Nettey at Darlington’s Dolphin Centre on March 9. The show’s undercard will feature a number of talented North East fighters, including former Commonwealth featherweight champion Paul Truscott; Darlington’s Neil Hepper; Middlesbrough’s Shafiq Asif; Spennymoor’s Ben Jackson, and County Durham’s Tommy Ward.
For ticket information contact the Dolphin Centre on 01325 388406.