After confirming their first card of the year, Prospect Boxing are pleased to confirm that light-middleweight Rhys Pagan will be competing for his first professional title on the February 28 show.

With a near perfect 7-1 record, Sanquhar-based Pagan takes on tough Bulgarian Valentin Stoychev for the International Masters Bronze title over eight rounds.

Pagan had a mixed year in 2013, picking up three wins and his first loss to the unbeaten Robert Dixon, however promoter Paul Graham feels that the setback will benefit the fighter in the long run.

"The loss to Dixon was a close one and it came after a good win over another undefeated fighter in Sam Omidi, so it didn't raise too much concern for me or his Team," Graham said.

"After the fight, we sat down and looked at what improvements could have been made, and in his next fight with Chris Jenkinson I could see he had worked on what had been discussed.

"Rhys is a model professional, and I only wish I could install his values in all my fighters! He trains every day and just wants to fight as regularly as he can and I do believe we haven't seen the best of him yet.

"He has been with me for a few years now and I am not just seeing progress in him, but I am seeing clear progress every time he steps through the ropes, and you have to remember he's only 20-years-old, so still has a lot of time on his side.

"Lock, Stock and Twelve Smoking Fights" takes place at the Ravenscraig Sports Facility on Friday February 28th 2014.

The show will also see the professional debuts of Lee Gallagher, Shaun McShane, JP McGuinness, Ryan Love and Shayan Rahmat. Returning to action is Iain Butcher, Scott Edgar, George Thomson and Billy Campbell.

David Drummond, Michael McGurk and Matthew McAllister also feature on the card, while the line-up is completed by former Commonwealth title challenger Mitch Prince.

20/01/2014 23:29:07