Smithton fighter aims to show his magic in the ring in second professional fight
LUCA Micheletti is looking to show his magic in the boxing ring to win his second professional bout this weekend.
The Smithton fighter, nicknamed the Magician, will face Manchester fighter Scott Williams in Paisley on Saturday night.
The 22-year-old impressed in his first professional fight when he beat experienced Bristol fighter Lewis van Poetsch in October.
Micheletti says he has been working hard on things he can improve on from his first fight four months ago to deliver a more emphatic performance on Saturday.
“In October, I won every round against a man who has had 130 professional fights,” he said.
“It was good to get that first one out of the way and show that I have the skills to mix with these kind of boys.
“Having looked back at the previous fight, I was a bit nervous and came out like a train and was hitting lots of punches.
“I am looking to stay relaxed in this fight, show my skills and keep calm.”
Micheletti says he doesn’t know too much of his opponent Williams.
He is a newcomer to professionalism much like him.
But with an impressive background in amateur boxing Micheletti believes he will have enough to come out with a victory on Saturday night.
“I don’t really know much about him,” he said.
“He’s not experienced in the professional ranks, but either am I.
“But my amateur background should help me.”
He added: “I am not worried at all, my skills will show and it should not be a problem.”
Micheletti turned professional in May after signing with Kynoch Boxing Promotions.
He is coached by former European welterweight champion Gary Jacobs as well as his father Bobby Russell, who is head coach of Jacobite Boxing Club based in Nairn.
He says he has adapted from being an amateur to a professional fighter easily.
He said: “There is not much difference from the amateur lifestyle. It is more a transition in learning the different styles of fighting.”
On top of his boxing career, Micheletti is also balancing brains with brawn as he is in the final year of a master’s degree in electronics and mechanical engineering at the University of Strathclyde.
“It is my fifth year at university and the workload is a lot,” he said.
“But I am managing to balance it well with a social life as well as my boxing training.”