BOXING - First pro title would 'mean the world' to O'Toole - The Droitwich Standard

BOXING - First pro title would 'mean the world' to O'Toole

Aaron Sutcliffe 13th Dec, 2023 Updated: 13th Dec, 2023   0

SIAN O’Toole admitted it would ‘mean the world’ to win a title in just her third fight in the pro ranks.

O’Toole (2-0) has won her first two fights as a professional, winning 60-54 on points in both bouts, after also winning three national titles in the amateur ranks.

And the Droitwich fighter is now looking to win her first belt as a professional as she returns to the ring against Beccy Ferguson (5-9) fighting for the vacant BBBofC Midlands Area featherweight title.

The fight will take place at The Eastside Rooms in Birmingham on Wednesday, December 20.

O’Toole said: “It would mean the world [to win the title], I’ve always said it’s going to be a long journey, to fight for a title in my third fight is a massive achievement.

“It’s a massive step up, she’s won her last three fights and she’s a lot higher than me in the rankings, she’s never really been hurt, it’s definitely going to be a challenge.

“It’s something I’m going to thrive on [headlining the card], I want to make a name for myself in this game, there’s no point hiding in the background having easy fights and being on undercard after undercard, it’s exactly what I wanted.

“I don’t really get nervous until the day of the fight, it all becomes real when I get in the changing room.”

O’Toole won her first pro fight against Amy Greatorex in September before then overcoming Polish boxer Karina Szmalenberg the following month.

And after dominating her previous opponents over six rounds, O’Toole is now ready to test herself over 10 rounds for the first time.

O’Toole added: “I feel really good, I’ve been so busy since my first fight, I’ve had a week inbetween each camp, it’s been good to keep that momentum going.

“I’ve just gone from strength to strength and keep improving, I’ve just carried on getting better, this is a 10-rounder so I knew I needed to step up.

“I’m trying to slow myself down a bit and not go in for the kill in the first two rounds, it’s a 10-round fight, I want to pace myself and wear her down a little bit.

“I don’t want to rush myself, I’ve been working on picking my shots and really trying to hurt them rather than being busy for the sake of it, every shot I throw needs to hurt her.”

Upcoming opponent Ferguson comes into the bout on a three-fight win streak and also went the distance with the European welterweight champion.

The undercard features former world champion David Avanesyan (29-4-1) who counts wins against American Shane Moseley and British fighter Josh Kelly on his record.

A number of British prospects will also feature on the undercard.

Featherweight O’Toole fights out of Black Country Boxing, under the guidance of her coach Errol Johnson, while former British and Commonwealth welterweight champion and partner Frankie Gavin acts as a mentor.

O’Toole teaches maths at Bishop Perowne CofE College in Worcester alongside her pro career and is open to sponsorship opportunities.

Sponsorship would help O’Toole with her kit, training, travel and medical costs.

A number of sponsorship packages are available.

To contact Sian with regards to sponsorship, email: [email protected] or call: 07767 412445

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