YORK boxer Cam Shaw says he’s relishing the opportunity to make his professional debut when he features on the undercard to a world title fight next week.

Shaw was originally set to feature on a show at the York RI sports hall on June 29, but a number of injuries to other fighters on the show forced its cancellation.

However, manager Glenn Banks secured him a spot on next Friday’s card at the Magna Centre in Rotherham, which is headlined by Terri Harper’s shot at the IBO world super featherweight title.

Having signed his professional contract back in January, the 21-year-old says he’s more than ready for his first professional outing.

“I’ve really fallen on my feet in terms of the setting for my professional debut with it coming on a card which features a world title fight,” he told The Press.

“My original debut was meant to be in York, which would have been a great experience, to be able to box in front of my hometown fans.”

“But, fortunately Glenn has managed to get on a bigger show which should be a great night of action.”

“I can’t wait to get in there and show what I can do. Things are going really well at the minute.

“I’ve been in proper training since April, so it’s been a long camp, having signed my professional contract back in January.

“It’s been a little bit of a wait to make my debut, so I can’t wait for the chance to do so.”

Shaw heads into the paid ranks on the back of a successful amateur career which saw him represent England at two international tournaments, twice reaching the final.

He also claimed two ABA Yorkshire titles, an accomplishment made even more impressive by the fact that he won them above his natural weight class.

“Those two Yorkshire titles and the proudest achievements of my amateur career,” Shaw continued.

“I won the titles at 60kgs, in the lightweight division. I’m a natural featherweight, but as they didn’t have that division in the tournament I had to move up a weight division to win the belt.

"Despite not being on the national squad, I boxed for England at a well-known boxing tournament in Eindhoven in 2017, losing in the final to Jason McGivern, who has won several international medals.

“It was a great experience, regardless. I came up against some real quality amateurs and boxing people of that calibre can only help me in my professional career.”

Alongside manager Banks, trainer Billy Dawson makes up the other half of Shaw’s team.

“I train with Billy Dawson over in Hull at the moment, having known him since the amateurs,” said Shaw of his training situation.

“We train out of Tommy Coyle’s gym, which is a really good set up and a great facility to train out of.

“I train six times a week, doing three sessions a week in Hull and three in York. I’m a full-time engineer as well, so my life is pretty full on at the minute.

"It’s nice to have the ability to train out of two gyms, which is something that other professionals don’t get to do.

"I do most of my fitness and strength and conditioning work in York and then the technical side of things and my sparring I focus on over in Hull.

“Of course, my main focus is to be a successful professional boxer, starting next week.”

Shaw is currently appealing for sponsors to come on board to support his professional journey.

“If any companies want to jump on board with me on my professional journey, then that would be massively appreciated,” he added.

“I can help promote their businesses on my social media and fight shorts and any investment is tax deductible.

“It would be great for a boxer and business from York to work together on my professional journey.”

To contact Cam to discuss sponsorship or for tickets to his fight on July 19, phone him at: 07879 733166.