LYNDEN Watt looks to turn a new page in his boxing story by winning in Hartlepool tonight against Haidar Sadik.
The 23-year-old has a short journey to the Borough Hall from his home in Castle Eden, but he says he has come along way already with new coach David Binns.
Watt had started his professional career with two wins, but his world fell apart last time out when he was felled twice and stopped by Eastern European fighter Roman Glowocz at Houghton last November.
The super-middleweight, who hails from Newbottle, decided to change camp and left Paul Hamilton to join Binns at the East Durham Academy in Peterlee.
“What happened in my last fight happened, that’s boxing,” Watt told the Echo. “I don’t want to make excuses, but the weight changed a couple of times and so did my opponent.
“All this affected me mentally as well as physically and I ended up on a crash diet to make the weight.
“It all took its toll on my durability, I have taken better shots in sparring, and I ended up being stopped. I joined Binnsy and it has gone brilliant so far. Dave gives me everything I need and more.
“Whether people see it tonight we’ll have to wait and see, I hope so.
“He’s made me more fully equipped for boxing and I’m hoping I can now fulfil my potential.”
First test for the new Watt is Sadik, who is still searching for his first pro victory.
Watt is looking to bounce back from that second-round stoppage to Glowocz.
“That’s the first time I’ve lost and I want that off my record,” he said.