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Boxing: Weaver wants to put Dorset on the map
IAIN Weaver is aiming to put Dorset on the boxing map when he makes his professional debut next month.
The Ferndown super-featherweight will make his bow on the undercard of Matchroom Boxing’s ‘London Calling’ event on September 8.
The bill at London’s Alexandra Palace is topped by middleweight Darren Barker’s IBF intercontinental title fight against Italian Simone Rotolo and Tony Bellow’s clash with former super-middleweight world title contender Edison Miranda.
Weaver turned professional after being controversially omitted from Team GB’s Olympic squad for the London 2012 Games.
Poole and Bournemouth boasts a former world champion in the shape of the late Freddie Mills, the legendary light-heavyweight king, but the area is not known for its boxing. Weaver is hoping to change that.
He said: “To be honest, I wasn’t sure how many tickets I would sell because I had always been boxing abroad and hadn’t been able to box in England to build up a fan-base.
“But the demand for ringside tickets has been great and it is good to see that I have that support and I want to make sure it can only get better.
“I have boxed internationally around the world and have been used to not having anybody there supporting me, so having the support there will certainly be better for me and it will definitely make me up my game.
“Where I am from isn’t renowned for having any big-name boxers, so it will give them something to look forward to and, hopefully, the area will have a prospect who can do well in the sport.”
Weaver won gold at the Commonwealth Boxing Championships in 2010 and claimed a silver medal at the European Boxing Championships the same year after being picked ahead of recently-crowned bantamweight Olympic champion Luke Campbell.
Weaver added: “Watching the Olympics was quite hard for me because I still believe I should have been there.
“I have boxed against a lot of those boxers before and I know I am up to that standard, too. I know I could have gone there and done just as well as they did.
“But we did really well as a team and I was delighted for them all because I have seen first-hand how hard they have worked to get there.
“I was happy for everyone, even though I was disappointed not to be there myself.”
Meanwhile, Matchroom Sport is set to make a major announcement for British boxing at a media day on August 28.
Weaver will join the likes of Carl Froch, Barker and Gavin Rees at the press call.