Ronnie is getting back in business

Ronnie Nailen celebrates winning the EBF Celtic title
Ronnie Nailen celebrates winning the EBF Celtic title

Bellshill boxer Ronnie Nailen hopes being successful at semi-professional level will help put him ‘in the shop window’.

The light-middleweight had a professional record of three wins and one defeat when he was forced to step away from the sport in 2003 for personal reasons.

More than 10 years later he’s back in the ring after he began training at Fighting Scots Gym in Mossend and in his second semi-professional fight last month won the European Boxing Federation (EBF) Celtic title.

Nailen said: “I am enjoying being back in the ring again and both guys I’ve fought have been pretty tough.

“I approach my training the same way I did as a pro. I’m my own biggest critic and always give my opponent total respect so there’s no slacking off.

“Last time against Josh Groombridge it was due to go six two-minute rounds, but I trained for 12 rounds and could even have gone another minute in each round as you always want to have plenty in the tank.

“I was pleased to win the belt as it’s nice to be able to show the kids and should any grandchildren come along it’ll be good to be able to prove to them what grandad used to be able to do.”

Nailen has fought at the Kelvin Hall and Braehead Arena in the past, but was impressed with the set up on the Mayhem Promotions card at Strathclyde Park’s Alona Hotel for his last outing.

He said: “The event was really well run and everything was done properly which is a credit to everyone involved.

“The next card is coming up in June and I hope to be involved, probably going for a British or European title this time as I want to take another step forward.

“I have been involved in boxing for 17 or 18 years so people know what I can do, but I had a 10-year lay-off so it’s about putting myself in the shop window as I continue to get better.”