An Epsom boxer will fight in his third professional fight later this year.

Daniel Morley, 21, has been amateur boxing since the age of 14. After a few years at the amateur level, he made the foray into professional boxing, winning his first fight in the welterweight division.

A postman by trade Daniel initially used boxing to learn some self-defence, he said: “I don’t really have a family history of boxing, my grandad had one professional fight but apart from that no one in my family has boxed.

“I wasn’t pushed into it. I was never in a physical fight, but growing up in Mitcham, it was kind of an unsafe area, so I saw it as a way of defending myself.

“When I moved to Epsom, I heard about the Epsom and Ewell amateur boxing club and mustered up the courage to go there when I was 14.

“It turned out that I wasn’t bad at it and just kept boxing. I had 16 amateur fights there before moving to a club in Mitcham.

On Saturday, September 29, Daniel will fight in his third professional bout at York Hall in Bethnal Green. After winning is first two he is hoping to carry on the good form in his third fight.

While he doesn’t know his opponent yet, Daniel has reiterated the importance of training hard for every fight. He said: “I won my first fights on points, they were extremely tough.

“I did get a knockdown in my second fight, but both the fighters were tough opposition. I don’t really look much into my opposition, I just train my hardest and leave everything in the ring and go in expecting a hard fight.

“While the fundamentals are the same, amateur boxing and professional boxing are two very different sports. I guess they can be compared to the differences in Rugby League and Union.

“In amateur boxing, you fight three rounds, wear a headguard and softer cloves. Its more based on points than trying to get a knockout. The gloves are a bit thinner, you feel the punches more and you fight to 12 rounds.

“The training is very different for both, but professional boxing suits my aggressive style more. If I compared myself to a fighter, it would be Gennady Golovkin. People have said they see some of him in my fighting.

“He is a lovely guy out of the ring but an extremely aggressive fighter, who entertains. I’m not saying I am at his level, but he is someone I look at. I am much more of an aggressive fighter rather than a tactical fighter.”

The jump from amateur level to professional level in any sport is a difficult one but Daniel can draw inspiration from Antony Joshua, who has made the transition with relative ease.

Daniel described AJ as the ‘perfect role model,’ but he also said he has the belief in his ability to box full-time, as long as he trains hard and pushes himself.

Daniel said: “One of the biggest challenges for me is losing a fight and being able to get back in the ring. I lost my last amateur fight quite badly, I had just lost my granddad and other personal issues affected my game.

“Losing the fight, the way I did affected my not only physically but mentally. I managed to get back in the ring. It is also important to eat and live right.

“I am still young and of course enjoy beer and junk food but when I’m in training I focus solely on that and make sure my diet is correct. I have a good team behind me and my sponsors, UK Homes for Heroes and The Dylan Howell Foundation, have been extremely helpful.”

Daniels third professional fight takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green on Saturday, September 29. To enquire about tickets, contact Daniel on @danielmorley97.