Pat McAleese is determined to deliver a show stopping performance in front of his home fans next month when engaging in his final fight.
Four years on since his final fight as a professional, the 28-year-old from Newmarket will lace up the gloves one more time when making an appearance on his next white collar fight in the town on Saturday, March 7.
Despite his long absence from the ring, the personal trainer is confident he can give his career an explosive ending.
“I decided I wanted to do this as last year was pretty rubbish for me,” said McAleese. “I wanted to prove to myself that I could still do this as I am only 28 and I should be at my peak in terms of fitness.
“I am really putting the effort in now and doing things I think I should have been doing when I was a professional.
“I am doing a lot more strength and condition training this time.
“I have been doing lots of bench work and squats, along with doing circuits with sledge pulls and tyre flips, while I can lift double my body weight from a dead lift.
“You will see a different Pat McAleese this time around.”
Ensuring his final fight – which is to be contested over six three-minute rounds – is a true test, standing in the way of McAleese will be none other than former WBU, British and Commonwealth light-heavyweight champion Tony Oakey.
In his 36-fight career the Hampshire-based boxer recorded more than 20 wins, including seven by the way of knockout.
“I have got myself a tough opponent and I did it for a reason as if I had someone I could knock out in 30 seconds people would think it was some kind of fix,” said McAleese. “I have sparred with Tony before and we have similar styles.
“When we clashed then he pushed me about, but I don’t think he will do that this time as I am fighting off a weight 10 kilograms heavier than when I did professionally.
“I am really up for this and have not left anything unturned as I know Tony will come up all guns blazing.”
As a knock-on effect from his strength training, McAleese – who has been travelling down to train three times a week at Lansbury ABC in London, in addition to his sessions at Perfect U in Newmarket – has seen his power levels increase.
“Everyone I speak to has told me I am a lot stronger in my sparring,” said McAleese. “I had six rounds of sparring with a lad on Monday who is a come forward fighter and I was putting him all over the ring.”
Tickets for the show at Newmarket Leisure Centre cost £25 per person. Doors open at 6pm with boxing to start at 7pm. To book tickets, contact Pat on 07852 980593.