Fleetwood boxer says he can ‘go all the way to the top’

Catlin in his one of his professional bout

Lancashire boxer Dan Catlin says he feels ‘world’s apart’ from his last fight and believes he can only build on his current 4-0 professional record.

After a difficult 2019 which saw him overcome a family tragedy and a health scare, the 20-year-old has been training harder than ever and says he is feeling ‘fitter and stronger’ in preparation for his upcoming middleweight bout.

Catlin fights Zygimantas Butkevicius at the Colne Municipal Hall on March 14 nearly seven months after his last fight.

The Fylde coast pro says it will be a tough challenge but his opponent “leaves himself open as he comes in to throw” which he says could be the Lithuanian’s downfall.

The young Fleetwood boxer said how he was left frustrated after having had a full training camp for a fight that didn’t happen last October.

Catlins last bout vs Victor Egagha (victory on points)

Nicknamed ‘Dangerous’, Catlin says despite this setback he feels he has ‘become better at executing a game plan and boxing to instruction’ which he says will help him in this fight.

Catlin currently has four professional wins with one technical knock-out and has aspirations of reaching the very top.

He said: “Don’t get me wrong there is a lot of work to be done but there is no reason why it can’t happen.”

The middleweight boxer has been coached by former pro Jeff Thomas who fought at the highest level against the likes of three-time world champion Ricky Burns.

Thomas has also coached another Fylde coast boxer Alex McCloy who will also be on the March 14 card when he fights Manchester’s Scott Williams in his 14th professional bout.

Catlin, who studied at Sport and PE at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston before dropping out to pursue a career in the ring, added: “The end goal, like for most, is a world title and I believe it can be done and I will continue to strive for it until it happens.”