Veteran Melton fighter Michael Robinson has taken one last opportunity to turn professional.
The 38-year-old, who has made his name as a powerful puncher, has lined up his first paid bout as a boxer this summer.
He has signed a deal with promoter Russ Brown and his opening fight is on Saturday, July 2 at the Allington Leisure Complex, in Grantham.
Robinson said: “I’ve had a good record over the years and I’ve beaten some good fighters, but I’ve not made anything out of it.
“I thought it was time to have a go at the professional game before I’m too old to do it.
“I’ve signed a really good deal and I’m confident I can do well.”
The father-of-one has been training hard with experienced instructor Mark Barlow at his Assassins Muay Thai Boxing Gym in Melton.
Robinson also has a good record as a Thai boxer, and as a boxer he reached the finals of the Novice ABA Championships when he fought for Melton Amateur Boxing Club.
But he knows a big step-up awaits him in the professional boxing ranks.
“You’ve got to be fit when you work with someone like Mark and I will be stepping up my training in the build-up to my first pro fight,” he said.
“Mark’s the best in my opinion and I’ve been with him for years. I also had great times with Melton ABC.
“There are some good strong kids out there and most of them will be a lot younger than me.
“But I’m a very, very fit 38-year-old and I believe I can do really well.
“I’ve only signed for a year because of my age and it may only last a year, but at least I can then say I’ve had a go.”