By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
THOMAS Stalker aims to make up for lost time by muscling his way into the domestic title scene by the end of this year.
The captain of the Great Britain team at the London Olympics makes his sixth professional appearance a week tonight.
His has not fought since closing out his fifth straight win with a first round KO of Gyula Vajda last June because of a pectoral injury sustained in the gym.
But now he is raring to go and said: “That injury was very frustrating and set me back. But now it’s all systems go and I can’t wait.”
The 29-year-old fights at London’s Copper Box Arena next Saturday in a contest that will be screened live on BoxNation in his first fight under new promoter Frank Warren.
He said: “The plan is for me to have more fights this year and I already have one lined up at Aintree in Liverpool for March 8.
“I aim to be busy this year and end it by being right there looking at titles on the home front like the England or British.
“I do feel I have to make up for lost time because, although I have been a pro now for one year, it feels less because of being injured.
“The way I am feeling, once I have got these fights and more rounds under my belt, I will be ready for anyone in Britain.
“I am not daft enough to start calling out the big names in the division because that’s just not my style. I am not a big head in any way.
“It’s no good shouting my mouth off if I haven’t done the rounds. Now I am just looking forward to pushing on.
“I haven’t reached the stage of getting into ten-round fights yet but once I do, I know that I will be ready to move even further.”
Promoter Warren certainly has high hopes of Stalker and said: “He’s a great talent as his impeccable amateur career states with big plans ahead of him.
“This is his first fight with me at the Copper Box Arena and then he’s out again at Aintree, so he’s keeping busy and is on track for a domestic title tilt by the end of the year.”