Stamford boxer Craig Brewin has joined the professional ranks with Vicious Promotions
Newly-turned professional Craig Brewin is hoping to put Stamford on the boxing map after taking the next step in his promising career.
The 27-year-old has signed for Vicious Promotions and is hoping to make his professional debut in the next couple of months.
The welterweight has enjoyed a strong amateur career and has decided to turn professional under the guidance of trainer Tommy Martin and Stamford Boxing Club's head coach Mark Atherton.
Brewin explained: "I have been in the amateur game for about 10 years so decided that it was time that I turned professional.
"I'm at the perfect age to turn over to the professional game. I spoke to several people who all said that I should go for it.
"I had a chat with Tommy Martin who said he would be happy to take it on so it's gone from there.
"I have boxed against Team England and Team GB lads so I have got past experience and I have been in with some really tough kids in the amateur game.
"I know that I can take that massively into the professional game."
Brewin first started boxing as a nine-year-old and began the early stages of his schoolboy career six years later while a pupil at the then Queen Eleanor Techology College (now Welland Academy) before moving into the amateur ranks.
He has a meeting lined up this week with the British Board of Control over his boxing license which, when granted, will give him the green light to start his professional career.
Brewin added: "I have had massive support from people in the town since it was announced that I was turning professional.
"People have been messaging me asking when my first fight is because they want to come and watch.
"They are prepared to travel to watch me which I was quite surprised about. It's great that people want to get behind a local lad.
"I'm not sure there are many other boxers from Stamford who have turned professional so it's big thing for me.
"I just want to put Stamford on the boxing map because I have never really known much professional boxing in the town."
Brewin will have plenty of experience in his ranks as he starts out on his professional journey as trainer Martin is a former Commonwealth super lightweight title challenger.
The Vicious Promotions team are also run by a former professional in unbeaten lightweight Kieran Farrell.
Both Farrell and Martin saw their careers cut short by serious head injuries after sustaining a bleed on the brain during bouts.
And Brewin is hoping that the duo's influence, along with that of Stamford head coach Atherton, will help him make further progress in the sport.
He added: "I am hoping to make my debut as soon as possible and then get a couple more fights in before the end of the year.
"I then want to be looking at getting a Southern Area title fight before progressing further after getting more fights in.
"We have got a little plan and I do want to progress pretty quickly because, at the age of 27, I don't want to be hanging around.
"I want to push myself as far as I can go. I have proved I can mix it with the top lads in the amateur game and it's now about doing it in the pro ranks.
"Tommy has done wonders for me. I have been with him since October and he has completely changed my style from the amateur to the pro game in the click of a finger.
"I am sparring the likes of Kieron Conway and Eithan James and I am matching and mixing in with these guys really well.
"That just proves how much Tommy has done for me and shows how far I have come since the amateurs.
"Kieran is also massively inspiring after what happened to him in the ring.
"Tommy and Kieran both had to come out of the sport due to a bleed on the brain and this is kind of like that it's meant to be for all of us.
"Kieran is a great guy and a promoter who really looks after his boxers.
"He wants the best for us so will get the right fights and is a real up-and-coming promoter."
Brewin has already secured the services of three vital sponsors - J Wilson Plumbing and Heating, Khaki Developments and Cromwell Boxing - to help support his professional career.
He is also looking for further backers and anyone interested can email Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or message him on Instagram @craigcbrewin