FORMER jockey Ian Clyde has vowed to learn from painful mistakes as he prepares for his third professional bout.
The Crewe fighter experienced the highs and lows of boxing in his first two professional bouts in May. After a glorious debut win over veteran Peter Buckley, he suffered a first-round stoppage at the hands of Stafford's Rob Hunt.
Now the 33-year-old light-welterweight, who quit riding horses to concentrate on his favourite sport, is working even harder to get ready for his clash with Chris Sanigar at Newport on September 15.
He said: 'I got carried away against Rob Hunt. I caught him with a sweet shot very early on and got a bit excited by the crowd's reaction. The advice that my corner gave me went straight out of my head and I ignored the game plan.
'With hindsight, this played straight into Hunt's hands and I paid the price. I won't make the same mistake again.
'I don't know a lot about Steve Anning so I consider him to be a threat. I am stepping up my training and will be ready for him. He will have to be on form if he's going to have a chance of beating me.'
Clyde had more than 150 rides during his professional jump-racing career, and was connected with the Sir Michael Stout-trained horse Imperial Stride which the Gadolfin stable recently purchased for around £5m. But he suffered fewer injuries during six years of amateur boxing.
Clyde spent four years under the tutelage of Crewe ABC's former Lonsdale Belt holder Joey Singleton, and had a record of 11 wins and 10 losses in his amateur career.
He will be the first of Impact Boxing's burgeoning stable of fighters to take to the ring when the new season starts next month.
Anning has also fought twice, losing one bout and drawing the other. But he has home advantage and the out-come is difficult to predict.
For tickets to the boxing show at Newport call Impact Boxing on 07971824337.