Matthew Macklin finally "comes home" tonight when he has his first professional bout in his native Birmingham.
The 24-year-old has longed to fight in his home town and finally, after four-and-a-half years in the professional ranks, he takes on Poland's Marcin Piatkowski over eight rounds at the Aston Villa Leisure Centre. He says he simply can't wait.
"I'm absolutely buzzing for this fight," said Macklin. "Since I've turned pro, the question I'm constantly asked in Birmingham is when am I going to fight back here, so it's great that it's finally happening now."
It will be his first bout for his new manager Brian Peters and the Irish businessman is promising that Mack-lin's next outing in a Birmingham ring will see him topping the bill.
Peters said: "This fight should give Matthew a nice little workout ahead of his British title fight with Jamie Moore in July. Once he's taken the title from Moore, he'll be back in Birmingham for his first defence. I've done a promotional deal with Barry Hearn which will see Matthew fight in Birmingham on a regular basis and there's no doubt that Matthew has the talent and the personality to revive boxing in the city."
Macklin is proving a big attraction in Birmingham and expects about 1,000 tickets to be sold. "It's been crazy," he said. "The phone hasn't stopped ringing and the demand for tickets has been huge."
He is on a four-fight knockout streak, picking up two wins in America, claiming the Irish middleweight title in Dublin and beating Russian middleweight champion Alexey Chirkov in the first round.
Peters says: "I think the sky's the limit and once he's secured the British title, we'll be setting our sights on the European title."