Aiden Metcalfe enters the pro ranks with good pedigree and a promise to entertain.
The Crumlin featherweight was a decorated underage boxer and competed well at Elite Senior level.
Now aged 22, Metcalfe enters the pros and is ready to put on a good show and stand out from the throngs of new additions to the paid ranks.
The Dubliner has linked up with Boxing Ireland Promotions and is likely to debut after Summer.
The move isn’t one of natural progression, indeed it has come somewhat out of nowhere.
Metcalfe, who competed at the 2016 Intermediates and saw a semi-pro fight in February fall through, has stepped away from boxing – however the opportunity to become a fully fledged professional was too good to turn down.
“I gave it [boxing] up for a few months,” Metcalfe told Irish-Boxing.com
“I just thought there was nothing left for me in the amateurs, so when I got the offer [to turn pro] I took it.”
“It was something I always wanted to do as a kid.”
In terms of what to expect, Metcalfe promised that “one thing is for sure – I’m never in a boring fight.”
“When you see me fight you’re always guaranteed a good show.”
Metcalfe has Irish title ambitions, however he doesn’t want to look past fight number one, whenever it may be.
“I just want to get my debut out of the way,” he stated. “That’s the focus at the minute.”
“Long-term I’m looking towards getting that Irish belt in 2018, but my debut is the main focus now.”
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