Ronnie Nailen makes his return to professional boxing on Saturday, nearly 12 years since his last fight in the paid ranks.
Nailen from Bellshill takes on Matt Scriven at Rivals Gym in Wishaw, having got back into the sport through the semi-professional cards organised by Fighting Scots Gym in Mossend.
The 34-year-old super-welterweight admits it was tough deciding to take the next step.
Nailen said: “It was a big decision to make, I took January and February off and when I thought about it I reckoned I still had a lot to offer.
“I am definitely grateful to Bobby Colins and all the guys at Fighting Scots Gym for what they have done for me in getting me back into the sport.”
Nailen is now training at Elite Kickboxing and Fitness Gym in New Stevenston with Jamie McGinnis and Charlie Parvin and says he has never felt fitter as he prepares to take on 41-year-old Scriven.
He said: “I realise at my age I don’t have time to hang around. I need to be as busy as possible so I’m totally dedicating myself to this.
“I ran 10 miles on Sunday and I didn’t even feel it, I could have run 20, even though I am 34 it’s not like I’ve had 30 hard fights behind so I still feel fresh and totally up for this.
“Matt has been fighting for a very long time and while his record isn’t great he is well capable of beating an unwary opponent so as I always do I will give him the upmost respect.
“All being well I honestly don’t see a European or Commonwealth title being out of the question.
“I’ve signed a three-year contract with Stuart Allan and hopefully it goes well, but will just need to wait and see how this first fight goes.”
Nailen would like to thank his sponsors The Joker Bar, All Out Haulage and Maximum Strength Nutrition.