LUKE Watkins is relaxed and determined to enjoy his pro debut at Wembley Arena on Saturday night, but is also desperate to get his career off to a winning start.
The Paddy Fitzpatrick-trained boxer gets life in the pro ranks started on the undercard of manager George Groves’ comeback fight against Christopher Rebrasse on Saturday night, with his opponent yet to be announced.
Despite his opposition being a secret to the public, Watkins has been tailoring his training to suit his style but has managed to stay calm despite the prospect of opening things up against a big crowd.
“It’s a massive night for me but I feel good, I feel like me if I’m honest and it’s all pretty cool,” he told Link Sport.
“As a pro you are training for one person as opposed to anyone who turns up on the night at an amateur show, so it’s a lot more specific and you focus your training for one opponent.
“He’s got wins on his record and a few knockouts so he can punch, so it’s my job not to be lazy and fall asleep on the job because otherwise I can be a victim to his ability.
“To make a debut at Wembley is pretty awesome, it excites me but until after the fight I have to contain that and do what I have to do.
“It’s going to be a great occasion but I also want that W too, I can’t face the thought of losing and I don’t think anyone could. As a boxer you want to win and there’s nothing worse than losing.”