Whatever happened to Aaron Balmer ?
He was snapped up by top promoters Fight Factory, won his
debut, then disappeared.
Eight years on, Balmer is back in the gym and preparing to
box at Hove Town Hall on Saturday, June 22.
Balmer was introduced to promoter Kaz Evans at a big show in
Crawley in February and the 31 year-old laughed: "Kaz has talked me into
getting off the couch and back in the ring !"
Balmer explained his missing years.
"Everything was going well," he said. "I did
well sparring lads with good reputations, got a good deal, but picked up a hand
"I had a young family to feed, so had to go out and earn
"I'm in a better position now and it's time to get back
in the ring before it's too late.
"My kids don't even know I boxed and I want them to
know their dad was good at something.
"If all goes well, I think I can get back to a decent level and win something.
"I'm a young 31 year-old. I've always been a clean
liver. I've always been into keeping fit.
"There was a bit of hype about me a few years ago and
it's about time I lived up to it."
Balmer has been sharpening his skills sparring stable mates
Lee Jenman, Marcus Eaton and Ben Butler.
All are set to be matched in Hove and Balmer says he's
rediscovering the skills that made him such a hot prospect.
He had around 60 amateur bouts with Southwick ABC before
turning professional and said: "I started boxing when I was 12 years old
and it was a massive part of my life.
"It will take time for it all to fall back into place
"My footwork and timing is a bit off, but my power has
improved and my fitness is coming along. I'm running at six o'clock every
morning and going to the gym every night. I can't wait to get back in the
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