YORK boxer Michael Fafera vowed that he’s more than ready to return to the ring next month following an extended absence out of action.

Fafera has racked up four wins from as many professional fights since turning professional in September last year, winning two of those via first-round knockouts.

The light heavyweight is back in action at the Elland Road Pavilion in Leeds on September 6 following the cancellation of a show scheduled for July 13 at the same venue.

With a longer camp under his belt, Fafera believes he’s in peak condition heading into the bout.

“My last fight was scheduled for July and I’ve not stopped training since I started my camp for that fight,” said Fafera.

“I’ve been training all year really, keeping myself fit and keeping to the right weight all the time.

“It has been an extra long camp but I don’t really feel that drained from it. I thought doing a long camp would be horrible, but it’s been good.

“Sparring has been going really well throughout the camp, I’ve sparred some really good kids from across the UK.

“I’ve sparred guys who are in the top ten light heavyweights in the country. I’ve sparred Lyndon Arthur, who’s boxing for the Commonwealth title in his next fight. I feel as if I’m compete with these guys in sparring and hopefully I’ll be able to show that in the ring.

“I’m more than ready to go now even though there’s only a few weeks to go. I’m just keeping ready at the gym.”

The contest will be the 24-year-old’s fifth since moving to the paid ranks. He believes it’s a perfect number of bouts to have over the course of 12 months.

“The amount of fights that I’ve had so far has been ideal,” he added.

“I want to have around four to five fights a year. To have had five fights in just over a year is a good amount to get in at the start of my career.

“I’m happy with the work that my manager Mark Bateson is getting me. I’m happy with how things are going.

“I’m never waiting for a date and that’s something that drew me to Mark Bateson (manager) straightaway.

“I’ve had experiences with other managers where fights would be pulled out the day before the fight.

“I thought that by signing with Mark I was making sure that nothing like that would happen. It’s really reassuring that as soon as one fight finishes I’ve got a date for another.

“It keeps me focused and working hard towards that next fight date.”

Fafera began his career as a professional with two quick-fire first round stoppages before recording points wins in his last two fights. He feels he’s learned a lot in his most recent couple of contests.

“The first one of the last two wins which were on points, that was a tough fight,” he said of his fight with Latvian Edgars Sniedze.

“I was in against a tough opponent, who was recently in against (the former British champion) Hosea Burton and gave him a tough test.

“That made me feel a little bit better about that fight because I was very down about my performance that night.

“I learned an important lesson about how not every fight is going to be that easy. It’s made me train harder and I feel like I’ve learned a lot from it.”