On Friday evening at the Doncaster Dome former British & European Champion Gavin McDonnell emerged victorious over Nathan Kirk from Stapleford who entered the ring with a record of 12-4 and an unsuccessful challenge for the Midlands Area Championship.
A fair amount of people would just shrug their shoulders and say that the victory for McDonnell was to be expected, however the real story is that Nathan Kirk earned the right to be in that ring without him having any amateur background.
Nathan competed in Muay Thai, MMA and Kickboxing before deciding to embark on a professional boxing career under the management of boxing impresario Scott Calow and following him proving to the British Boxing Board of Control that he was of the standard to be granted a professional boxing licence he made an inauspicious start to his career when losing on his debut to Alex Phillips.
Following this mishap Nathan made steady progress with Scott Calow resisting the possibility of him being used as “the opponent” on several high profile bills to reach a position where the Midlands Area Council of the Board approved him to fight for their Area Championship and although he came up short it was a feather in his cap that he was considered good enough to contest such a prestigious title with Nathan admitting that Charlie Williams fully deserved his victory.
There are two standout factors in the story of Nathan Kirk, one being that sheer hard work and dedication does pay off and secondly that a lack of an amateur background does not preclude you from gaining a professional boxing licence so if there any men and women who are currently competing in other combat disciplines or dabbling in other boxing activities there are opportunities to be had with licensed Board of Control managers Scott Calow & Joe Elfidh happy to sit down and chat in an open and honest manner about the possibilities available.