STAFFORD’S professional boxer Grant Cunningham is back in ring action next month.
A job change saw the 30 year-old take a year out of competitive action but the undefeated super middleweight is ready to pick up where he left off.
Cunningham has won his opening eight fights since turning professional in 2011 and is now, able to fully commit to the sport once again.
Having not fought since a convincing points win over Kirill Psonko last May, he faces Welsh scrapper, Jamie Ambler, at Walsall Town Hall on July 11.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back in there. I changed jobs last year and it meant I was on the road a lot, so I couldn’t give boxing my full attention. I’m the kind of person who, if I’m doing something, I want to give it 100 per cent.
“I couldn’t, so I’ve kept myself ticking over and now my job has changed again and I’m not on the road all the time. I’m ready to get back in the ring.
“I’ve kept myself fit and have been doing everything other than fighting. I’ve kept up my fitness and technical work, so I’m in good shape.
“I don’t see it as making up for lost time. I’d rather have done it this way than to have tried to combine my work and boxing. Time out of the spotlight has given me a chance to re-assess my boxing career and I’m ready to kick on now.”
Cunningham had something of a baptism of fire on his return last month. The opportunity arose to spar with four-time world champion, Carl Froch, ahead of his Battle of Britain showdown with George Groves at Wembley Stadium.
“It was an awesome experience,” he added. “Carl is one of Britain’s greatest ever fighters. His fight with George Groves was the biggest boxing event I can remember, so to be a part of it was amazing.
“He’s obviously a class operator; Strong, durable, and technically excellent. It was a privilege to share a ring with him and it’s really focused my mind ahead of my return.”