KICKBOXER Ryan Czarnocki is determined to make an immediate impact after deciding to turn professional.
The former Motherwell man, who now lives in Wishaw, has teamed up with former world champion Jan Cree and ex-professional boxer Charlie Parvin at Impact Kickboxing in Holytown.
Veteran Czarnocki (38) enjoyed an unbeaten amateur career with Stephen Mair at Team Glah-Hahn in Craigneuk and believes the experience will stand him in good stead for this next chapter.
He said: “Jan and Charlie see something in me that they want to develop into a professional career.
“I felt I had a lot more to give in the sport and with the coaching Jan has given me I feel stronger and fitter, both physically and mentally.
“I’m a hard and strong fighter, but I use my head as well, so look forward to showing off my skills and entertaining the crowds.”
Cree believes Czarnocki can reach the level of former protege Gary McLeary who became a world champion last year before parting company with the gym.
He said: “Ryan is probably one of the toughest guys we’ve had. He has a lot of strength and power, and is not scared to fight anyone.
“He has plenty of experience as an amateur and I can see him progressing to the same level that Gary McLeary reached.
“Ryan is joining a gym of champions as we have Jamie McGinnis, Ryan McCluskey and Jamie McLelland, who all hold titles, while Jamie’s brother Mark is fighting for a British title. He’ll be surrounded by people who have been there and are still looking to progress.”
Meanwhile, McGinnis aims to remove the one black mark from his record, a controversial defeat to Sam Shambley in November.
A rematch will take place in March with the details currently being negotiated.
Cree said: “I offered the fight to Sam on my next show, but his people turned it down and we couldn’t offer cash because it’s an amateur fight.
“For whatever reason there has been a turnaround and it will now happen in March provided there is an independent referee and independent judges.
“I truly believe Jamie won the last time but didn’t get the decision. This time I want to ensure there will be no ifs, buts or maybes.”
Prior to the rematch McGinnis faces Dan Casey, from Lincoln, in Cleland on February 16.
Cree said: “Casey has competed at quite a high level so this is another step up for Jamie. By the time my next show comes around in June it is my aim to have him fighting for the amateur world title.”
McGinnis is delighted to be given another opportunity at Shambley, saying: “I’m over the moon it’s back on. When I was told a rematch wouldn’t happen I was disappointed, but I’m pleased that things are getting sorted out.
“It’s a bit short notice, coming just three weeks after my big fight in February, but I am determined to set the record straight and get back to winning ways.”