Kings Heath ABC star Reuben Arrowsmith is ready to ‘go all the way’ after completing a deal that will see him team up with Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton.
Hatton will coach the 19-year-old, who has signed a contract with the former two-weight world champion.
Kings Heath have nurtured Arrowsmith’s talents since he was nine years old and he enjoyed a hugely successful amateur boxing career.
He won 45 of his 52 fights, claiming five English national championship titles, two GB championship titles and a European bronze medal.
Arrowsmith wore the vest of Kings Heath 39 times, boxing for England on 13 occasions.
And he can’t wait to link up with Hatton as he prepares to turn professional later in the year.
“I got the opportunity to come down and spar, I sparred really well and then got an opportunity to come and do some pads with Ricky,” Arrowsmith explained.
“He told me he was going to offer me a contract if I wanted to turn professional, which I was thinking about anyway, and I took it with both hands. Now I’m a professional boxer.
“Ricky is the best British boxer we’ve had, he’s got all the experience in the world and to train with him Monday to Friday the only way is up.
“Hopefully me and Ricky can get some good memories. I want the kind of memories he’s got.
“Every kid wants to be a world champion and I’m training with a world champion.
“Realistically, I want a British title, I want to win it outright, European, Commonwealth and then world title.
“With the team I’ve got behind me, my family and the team Ricky has provided for me I think I can go all the way.”
Arrowsmith had been getting increasingly frustrated with the lack of opportunity to compete after injuries set him back and bouts fell through.
Consequently, he felt it was the right time to explore new avenues.
Arrowsmith said: “I had a very good experience as an amateur but it is a bit funny. You train for six weeks for a fight and all of a sudden your opponent pulls out the day before because he’s hurt his thumb.
“There was so much messing. I was training six days a week for nothing.
“I wasn’t having fights and it just got to me a little bit.
“As a professional you train for it and if someone pulls out you get a new opponent.
“I’m 19 now and I want to kick on and make a name for myself.”
Kings Heath head coach Arthur Daly is disappointed to see Arrowsmith go, but wishes him well on his journey.
“The club wish Reuben all the best in times to come and look forward to supporting him,” Daly said.
“The next Reubens are already on the Kings Heath conveyor belt.
“The club hope to form a partnership with Ricky over the coming months and years as the club goes from strength to strength.”