John Hedges says he is gaining more confidence with each fight, ahead of his fourth professional bout on Saturday night.
Hedges (3-0) clashes with Ben Thomas (2-7-3, 1 KO) at the O2 Arena on the undercard of the super lightweight unification between WBC champion, Chantelle Cameron and IBF titlist, Mary McGee, live on DAZN.
‘The Gentleman’ who collected four national titles as an amateur, moved up from super middleweight to light heavyweight after his debut last April and says he is growing with each fight, as well as living his dream.
“My pro career so far has been eventful,” Hedges told proboxing-fans.com at Thursday’s press conference.
“I was a baby turning pro, I still am a baby, I’m still young I’m only 19.
“It’s been good, I’ve had the best platform, I’ve had the best management, I can’t ask for no better.
“I honestly am living the dream, I don’t just try and say that.
“Even if I got beat 10 times after today, it would not matter.
“Being on that stage with them fighters, I’ve got [promoter] Eddie [Hearn] looking behind me, I feel comfortable.
“It’s where I feel that is my calling, I feel like that’s where I’m really going to go with boxing. It’s going to be hard and I know that it’s hard at the top, but otherwise everyone would do it.
“I’m just maturing, I’m becoming a man, my confidence is growing and I feel good at the weight and I’m looking forward to it, that’s the main thing and I’m excited myself to get in there and showcase what I’m about.”
The Essex man, who is trained by Mark Tibbs and promoted by Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, made it three straight victories with a unanimous decision win over Frane Radnic in Austria last month.
Thomas has been stopped in five of his seven defeats, including in his last fight against Isaac Chamberlain, but Hedges is expecting a tough challenge.
“He’s a good fighter,” Hedges added.
“He’s not a person to be a mug and he comes to win, so it’s going to be an exciting fight and I’m sure there’s going to be fireworks.
“He’s boxed some good boys and he’s game, that’s the main thing. I come to fight at the end of the day and I hope he’s going to meet me there.”
Watch the full interview with John Hedges below: