Toon boxer to show “no mercy” in first professional fight

Artur will make his professional debut later this year,
Artur will make his professional debut later this year,

A Peterhead boxer has promised that “there will be no mercy” as he takes on his first professional fight in Aberdeen next month.

Artur Selivanovs, Peterhead Boxing Club’s first Pro-fighter, will compete in the showcase event at Aberdeen’s Beach Ballroom on March 25 in a bill that includes Darren “Trayn-Wreck” Traynor and Matty “The Hawk” McAllister.

Artur, whose opponent has still to be confirmed, said: “As long as I’m fit and concentrating, I don’t care who I fight.

“There will be no mercy.”

The 21-year-old, who also works as a mechanical engineer, is putting himself through a tough training regime as he makes the step up into the professional scene, sacrificing sleep for his sport.

He said: “I’m training at Peterhead Boxing Club, at the arena gym and at Granite City Boxing Club in Aberdeen.

“I wake up at 4am or 5am and I go for a run, then I go to work for however many hours and then I train again after work. “

The young boxer sometimes goes on less than four hours sleep a night but he believes it’s worth it.

Artur also says he finds the professional training tougher compared to amateur boxing.

He said: “You’re sparring with the tougher boys, and if you’re sparring you’re trading big shots and they don’t let you away with mistakes.”

James Price, Artur’s amateur coach at Peterhead Boxing Club, said: “He has always been a fit lad anyway.

“A lot of the time we focus working on the skill and technical side.”

Artur, who started boxing at 14 because he was getting picked on, says his goals have changed as he’s progressed.

He said: ““I’m aiming to show a younger generation that if you work hard you can reach the top.

“I started because I was getting picked on more than normal because I was small, it was never about being in competitions.

“Now I’m aiming for everything. I want to be a world champion and move through multiple weight classes one day, but that’s just what I’m aiming for.”