WITHAM boxer Tom Ansell knows he has a fantastic opportunity to "put on a show" when he steps into the ring for his second professional fight at the O2 indigo later this month.

The 24-year-old personal trainer admitted that he took a cautious approach when making his pro debut in beating Sheffield's Liam Wright in June, but having got himself a fight on a high profile show for his second outing, he has vowed to come out all guns blazing this time.

Ansell will be boxing on the undercard of the fight between Rio Olympics silver medalist Joe Joyce and Ian Lewison and with the show being promoted by former World heavyweight champion David Haye and screened on the Dave TV channel, he knows plenty of eyes will be cast his way.

The Witham boxer said it was a great chance to showcase himself and while he is still waiting to find out his opponent, he wants to make an impact against whoever he faces.

"I can't wait for it to be honest - I've been looking forward to it since I had my first pro fight," said Ansell.

"I only had one week off after that fight so I'm in good shape and the fact that it's on such a big show is excellent.

"I'm not too sure who I'll be fighting yet, but I leave all that to my coach anyway and I just concentrate on what I have to do.

"I feel as though I can take a lot from my last fight.

"I have more maturity after that as I worked well off my jab and felt unlucky not to have knocked him out, so for this next one, I want to make a statement and knock him out as quickly as possible.

"I believe I can do that and I can put on a show to show people the exciting fighter that I am.

"I'm intending my start to be electric."

Ansell is trained by Mark Massow at MI-GYM in Chelmsford and has been working hard in preparation for his fight, including a sparring session at former British and European champion Pat Barrett's gym in Manchester.

He added: "It was a great session and I learned a lot from going there and having the chance to spar with some really good people."

The fight at the O2 will also see Ansell, who works at Witham Leisure Centre, dropping down from middleweight to super-welterweight, but it is a move that he feels comfortable with.

"I was 11 stone for the last fight, but it feels the right decision to drop down to super welterweight," he said.

"I'm comfortable at that weight and it just feels right with the fitness, strength and energy that I have."

Ansell also thanked his sponsors Complete Physio and Fitness Witham, Goodness Food Company, Food One Consultancy, BD Electrical Contractors, Hermit at Red Coats pub, Red Lift Hire, Nick Ansell PT, Simcotts Building Contractors, BTG Management and Top Guard UK for their help in his big fight preparations.

Anyone who would like tickets for the O2 show can contact Ansell on 07854 115766.