KAAN Hawes says being included on the Ultimate Boxxer show is a superb opportunity for him to showcase himself in front of a nationwide television audience.

The 32-year-old, who is a former Witham Cricket Club captain and Witham Town Football Club player, will return to the ring after being selected to fight at the special high-profile show at the Indigo O2 in London on May 10.

Hawes will come into the show, which will be screened live to a national television audience by BT Sport, with an unbeaten professional record after claiming his fifth victory in the pro ranks when he gained a points win against Chris Jenkinson at the Brentwood Centre earlier this month.

It means he has now won five and drawn one of his six professional bouts, but is excited about the prospect of appearing on such a high-profile show as the third instalment of Ultimate Boxxer.

Hawes said: "It's brilliant to be on that show.

"I've known about it for a while and had to wait for it to be formally announced, but now it's been made public, I can't wait.

"Being in small hall shows is quite hard to keep your profile high with sponsors, so to get on this in front of the TV cameras is a really great opportunity.

"In general for my career and for ranking points as well, it's a great chance for me.

"This is the third time that it has been held, but it's the first time that BT Sport have been involved and having people like Paulie Malignaggi and Dave Caldwell involved in the promotion shows how big it is.

"I will be able to showcase myself to people in boxing and also a wider audience."

The format of the Ultimate Boxxer show, which has a £50,000 prize purse, is that eight middleweight fighters will be paired off against each other over three rounds in an opening stage, with the four winners of those bouts then battling to be in the final two, who will square up against each other in the evening's final bout.

It is set to be a gruelling event but Hawes is looking forward to a chance to show off what he can do.

He said he wouldn't find out who his first opponent would be for a while, but would be focusing on his own preparations in the weeks before the show.

"I feel I have settled into it as a professional fighter now as I've been a pro for a couple of years and I've learned how to get the balance right," added Hawes.

"I understand what is required and this seemed like a logical step when I was given the chance.

"I won't know who I have got until the draw is made , but if I'm honest, I leave all that to my coach as I have throughout my career.

"It's going to be quite a hectic night and I just have to get myself ready.

"It's going to be all about imposing my own game plan on them."