Matty Parr has vowed to use his head, as well as his fists, when resuming his pro career tonight.
The Huntingdon puncher faces Andy Neylon in a cruiserweight contest on a bill at The Halls in Norwich.
Parr has been out of the ring since suffering defeat in his second outing last September – and the St Ives Boxing Academy man looks to have found an ideal opportunity to get back to his winning ways.
Hull-based opponent Neylon has lost 11 of his 12 fights in a professional career which only started 10 months ago.
Parr said: “I learned a big lesson in my last fight. I was winning it comfortably until I got too involved in a tear-up.
“I got careless as I tried to knock the guy’s head off and ended up getting put down myself.
“I’ve been guilty of losing my head when I hear the crowd cheering my name and that is something that has to stop. I will have it screwed on on Friday night and I can’t wait to get back in the ring.
“I’m feeling great and there is no chance of me taking my opponent lightly. He might have lost a lot of fights, but he will have gained plenty of experience during them.”
Parr has been troubled by a back problem since the painful defeat at the hands of old stager Iain Jackson.
But the construction worker is now back in top condition and aiming to build up a run of victories.
Parr added: “I suffered from sciatica after my last fight and that meant I had to take a bit of time out. I’ve been building my training up and gradually getting back into the swing of things.
“It’s now about putting wins on my record and proving I can box as well as brawl.”