ISAAC Macleod will face Hungarian opposition when he makes his professional debut on Saturday night.
The exciting former amateur star will box Gyorgy Varga over four rounds in Sheffield.
Wearsider Macleod turned pro in September, after a stunning junior career, signing for Queensberry Promotions and training under top coach Anthony Farnell in Manchester.
The 20-year-old’s first step into the paid ranks is eagerly anticipated.
So much so that Sunderland star will be cheered on by an army of fans at Hillsborough Leisure Centre – 150 making the journey from Wearside.
“I’m over the moon with the support,” said Macleod. “To get 150 people turning out this close to Christmas is brilliant.”
Varga looks a reasonable first test – he has won one and lost one in his young career, both contests taking place in his native Budapest.
Macleod looks a brilliant prospect.
The former Sunderland ABC star had a glittering career, which included five English titles, three British championships and highlighted by European gold and World silver.
Fellow Sunderland boxer Jonson McClumpha is in action on the same “Nerves of Steel” bill, taking on Lewis Taylor in an English middleweight title eliminator.
Tommy Ward meets Chris Adaway over six rounds at featherweight.