CAM SHAW believes that boxing in York is “starting to thrive” as he prepares for his second professional contest next month.

The York boxer kicked off his professional career with a dominant points win over Edward Bjorklund back in June, winning a 40-36 decision from the scoring referee Jamie Kirkpatrick.

Now, Shaw has a date set for his next contest as he will compete in another four-round bout at the Doncaster Dome on October 4.

The former England international and twice Yorkshire champion amateur is amongst a trio of newly emerged professionals from the city, alongside the 4-0 light heavyweight Michael Fafera and super welterweight George Davey, who turns to the paid ranks next month.

Shaw says he’d love to compete on a show alongside his fellow York prospects one day.

“The sport of boxing is starting to thrive here in York,” said Shaw.

“It’s great that there’s so many professionals now, with myself, Michael Fafera and George Davey.

“And, you’ve got amateurs too like Paris Smith up at the Legions Gym.”

Shaw’s manager Glenn Banks scheduled a show at the York Railway Institute sports centre for July featuring upcoming fighters from around the area - but was forced to cancel the show due to injuries to those competing.

“For me, I think it would be great if we could get a show on here in York, with the three professionals in myself, Mikey (Fafera) and George (Davey),” added Shaw.

“But obviously, it’s not myself who makes those decisions.”

“I’m working with Ashley Martin up at Legions now as well for my strength and conditioning.

“I’m still doing a lot with my coach (Billy Dawson) too.

“I’ve known Ashley for a long time, he’s a very good coach and he’s doing some really good stuff with the amateurs, as you saw with Paris Smith winning a gold medal.

“It’s good that the boxing people in York can work together to try and grow the sport in this area.”

Heading into his contest on October 4, Shaw detailed the specifics of the improvements he’s looking to make.

“I think I learned a lot about how to control an opponent in the ring,” added the featherweight. “Knowing when to slow the pace and the tempo of the fight through my timing.

“Making sure that the punches that I threw weren’t wasted and that my performance was calculated.

“In regards to training, I feel like I’m a lot more dedicated now. I’ve sorted my running out, so I’m doing the correct amount of runs.

“It’s all about getting the right ratio and making sure that the weight comes off right.

Looking further ahead in his career, Shaw said he’d ideally look for another fight, provided he wins his bout on October 4.

“Hopefully, I can win this fight on October 4th and then compete in another fight around late November or early December,” Shaw said.

“That would be ideal. But, I don’t want to start rushing things of course.

“I want to take each fight as it comes and make sure I’m as ready as I can be.”

To contact Cam for tickets for his fight on October 4th or in regards to sponsorship then give him a call at 07879 733166 or contact him via his Instagram (@cambo_the_kid).