FORMER Australian amateur title holder Alistair Lardner has turned pro.
The Kempsey boxer is training for his next professional bout in Perth, Western Australia set for Friday, September 20.
Lardner will have a four-rounder against Perth’s Jake McBride in the 59.5kg catchweight category.
It is one of six fights preluding the main event, the World Boxing Foundation (WBF) Junior-Middleweight Title fight.
Five-time National Boxing Champion and seven-time World Champion Kick boxer, Daniel ‘The Rock’ Dawson will take on tough American Alex Bunema for the world title.
Larnder trains under George Ptolemy in Kempsey, with the help of Shaun McNamara, and is keen for his second professional fight.
His first was a close contest in Moree, which he was just beaten on points.
However, boxing authorities like what they saw and approached him to fight in Perth.
The 21-year-old has been boxing since he was 12 and has only recently made a return to the sport. Training twice a day, five days a week has helped him shed some excess weight and trim up as he weighed about 75kg at the start of the year.
Boxing is in his blood, as Lardner’s uncles Alwyn and Mark Roberts were ranked number one in their respective amateur categories during their career.