LUKE Watkins admitted he can’t really ask for more from his first three pro fights as he prepares to co-headline a hometown show at the Oasis tomorrow night.
The Paddy Fitzpatrick-trained boxer won at Wembley on his debut before following that up with a victory on a high profile show in Germany, and now faces Hungarian Istvan Kun in a joint main event on the By Any Means Necessary Show tomorrow.
Apart from those gaining high profile through the amateur competitions at the Olympics, few young pros could dream of such a start, leaving Watkins proud of what he, trainer Fitzpatrick and manager George Groves have achieved in his first year in the paid ranks.
However, despite his success, he knows he can’t take anything for granted as he continues his professional journey tonight.
“I really and truly can’t ask for more, it’s exciting because first I was at Wembley, then Germany and now a co main event at home so it’s pretty exciting times,” he said.
“It’s a bit lucky I guess with Paddy becoming George’s coach and it all seems to have fallen into place at the right time for me.
“I’ve got to concentrate because each and every fight brings a different pressure and a different kind of stress, and now that stress is being at home in front of everyone.
“I have to deal with the task at hand and beat what’s in front of me but this one’s going to be tough, but the best way to deal with that is to listen to your coach.
“Paddy has been through everything and George has some good advice for me too, so it’s no good me thinking I know how to deal with everything. You don’t know anything at all until you’ve done something.
“They have their stamps of approval, they’ve done it so I need to listen to them.”
Kun brings the same 2-0 record into tonight’s contest, meaning Watkins knows he’s got to bring his A-game.
“He’s unbeaten as well and we have the same record, so he has a winner’s mentality,” he said.
“I have to take my winner’s mentality in there and may the best man win.”