He used to train with Chris Pyatt, Leicester’s only world boxing champion and said: “Chris was always interested in me boxing and it has always been in the back of my mind, but the avenue I chose was MMA.
“My style was a Western boxing style.
“I was known for my hands. I would throw my kicks at the end of my punches.
“I’ve always enjoyed boxing and I know I’m in good hands with ‘Hudge.’
“I wanted to have a few amateur bouts, but they told me I had too much combat experience so it looks like I’m going to have to take the pro route.
“I have done everything I wanted to do in MMA and if something comes up that pays well, I’m still an MMA fighter.
“But it does look like I’m going to do boxing.
“I’ve probably got a couple of years in boxing, but I’m a young 35.