NEWPORT super-featherweight Craig Woodruff is ready to take the professional boxing world by storm after giving up on the amateur ranks.
The 19-year-old takes on Swansea’s Liam Ellis at the Newport Centre tomorrow in his second fight as a pro.
On his debut last month he upset the odds to beat highly-rated Polish fighter Konrad Dabrowski on points at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.
Now he wants to show fight fans in his hometown what he can do on tomorrow’s Inner Core Promotions show.
“I’m excited to be fighting for the first time in front of my home fans as a professional,” said Woodruff.
“I always wanted to go pro as they stop the fights too soon in the amateurs.
“I had a good win last time out. I was going up there as an underdog to get beat but I shocked a few people.
“Everyone thought I was going get battered but it was a good win.”
Woodruff trains with former British featherweight champion Steve Sims at his Alway gym and the youngster believes they make a good team.
“Steve was happy with me after that fight,” he said. “He works me hard and I’ve got to just keep on working hard and hopefully I can achieve what he did and win a British title eventually.”
Sims is proud of Woodruff’s progression.
“Craig has been with us since he was 12 and has come through the ranks,” he said.
“He could have gone to the Olympics but he’s turned pro and proved himself by beating European junior champion Konrad Dabrowski.
“He destroyed him and he’s not scared of anyone – he’d fight Gary Buckland tomorrow. He is tall and very tough. His punching power is awesome.”
Woodruff’s Alway stablemate Jerome Samuels makes his pro debut tomorrow against Aberystwyth’s Sean Gorman.
“Jerome has got a good background with his dad Paul Samuels,” said Sims. “He’s got a lot of talent. We’re all looking forward to his first fight as a pro.”
The show starts at 8pm, tickets are available on the door.