A Leyland boxer hopes to have put his injury problems behind him as he bids to win more belts.
Reece Fowler, 20, from Farington, has been training hard with fellow Leyland boxer Chris Johnson in Bolton to get in peak shape for a tilt at the English Championship.
The cruiserweight has been out of action for 18 months recovering from a shoulder injury.
The setback followed a successful start to his fledgling career, including picking up the North West title and the English Championships in 2009.
He said: “I cannot wait to get back. The weigh-in for the competition is later this week and then my first bout could be on October 23.
“It has been a really tough time and I started putting on the weight when I was not fighting.
“I think that I was 95kg which was 10kg heavier than usual.
“Anyway I have been working really hard, including going to Ricky Hatton’s gym in Manchester for some sparring.
“I am a better fighter now because I have worked on my power and can pack a bigger punch,
“When I won it last time I was only 19, but now I am nearly 21 and it is time to show how good I am.”
The ex-Worden Sports College pupil faces a busy few months as he tries to win back the English title.
If the cruiserweight is successful, then he would represent his country at the Great British competition in March next year.
He said: “I have to box every week until the finals in December and then I want to arrange to win the NW Cruiserweight title again.
“I had to give that belt up because of my injury so I never actually lost a fight.
“If I win one more fight for it, then I will be retain it and get to keep the belt.”