TOMORROW night can’t come quickly enough for Lloyd Germain as the welterweight gears up to make a long-awaited pro debut.

The Tony Borg-trained 28-year-old fights for the first time since turning professional earlier this year when he takes on Yorkshireman Danny Little (8-57-2) at Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre.

And while obviously eager to kick-off his tenure in the paid ranks with a win, Germain has a couple of extra reasons for wanting to start with a bang.

“I’m looking forward to Saturday,” said the Cardiff-born St Joseph’s ace. “The hard work has been done in the gym, so it’s just about turning up, performing and getting the win.

“No doubt on Saturday I will have nerves because it’s obviously a big occasion for me, I’m making my pro debut and a lot of time and effort has gone into it.

“There will be about 80 family and friends coming up from Cardiff and I’ve got one thing in my mind, and that’s winning.

“I’m feeling better than I ever have been and I’m raring to go. I’ll peak come Saturday night and all the hard work will show when I get the victory and my hand is raised.

“I’ve got a lot of expectation on my shoulders, but that just fuels me to make me better.

“I lost my brother Kyran last year and since that I’ve put all my energy into boxing.

“A year down the line I’m going to be making my pro debut and I’ve used the sadness of losing him to better myself for me and my family.

“I’ve got 28 on my shorts, which was the date he died, and I know when I put them on he’s going to be with me each second of every round and looking down on me.

“He’s a big influence on me doing well and it means so much to me to make a success of my boxing career.”

He added: “My little girl Romaya is going to be eight on Sunday, so I really want to give her a win for her birthday.

“In years to come I’ll be able to say that’s where it all started, the day before her birthday.

“It means so much to me. You set little goals in your life and my one goal this year was to turn professional and that has been ticked off. My other goal was to get a win on debut and perform well, and that will be coming on Saturday.”

Opponent Little may not have the greatest of records to his name, but Newport-based Germain knows he will be going up against a fighter with plenty of experience.

“Danny Little is very experienced, he’s shared a ring with lots of up and coming boxers,” said the father-of-two, who also has the support of son Rome.

“He won last Friday but we’ve been making sure I’m in the best shape possible and I won’t worry too much about what he can do.

“I’m sure it will be a tough fight, but I think I’ll be able to showcase my skills.

“We’ve got a game plan and that’s for me to keep it long and box behind my jab.

“I’m not going in there to knock him out, but if the opportunity presents itself then I will take it with both hands.

“If I was to stop him it will look good, but if I outbox him over four rounds then that looks good as well.”

Germain will be joined on the Sanigar Events show by St Joes stablemates Gavin Gwynne (10-0) and Robbie Vernon (2-0).

Unfortunately, Joshua John won’t be making his debut following the results of a routine brain scan.

Trainer Borg is hopeful the Port Talbot fighter will be able to make his professional bow later in the year.

Like Vernon, Risca’s Gavin Rees-trained Jake Tinklin is also bidding for a third straight win.

Other Welsh boxers Kristian Touze, Angelo Dragone and Jake Anthony make up the rest of the bill in Merthyr.