Rising Aberdeen lightweight Nathan Beattie was today confirmed to fight for a title in his first homecoming bout.
The 26-year-old will box for the Masters Novice lightweight belt at the Beach Ballroom on Saturday, June 3.
Beattie made his pro debut last November and all four of his fights have been on the road.
Now he will face an as yet unconfirmed opponent on the undercard of fellow Aberdonian Lee McAllister’s World Boxing Foundation world title shot.
McAllister will face Ghana’s Frank Dodsi.
Beattie is determined to lift the belt and make it the first of many.
He said: “It is my dream to win a belt and become a title holder.
“This is my first pro fight in Aberdeen. I am ready to showcase my talents in front of a home crowd and win the belt.
“After I win the Novice Masters title that will push me towards even bigger titles. I want more title fights in Aberdeen.
“Hopefully, both myself and Lee can win title belts and make Aberdeen proud.”
Beattie initially entered the paid ranks at welterweight but has dropped down weight divisions to go for belt glory. It is a decision he believes has added to his punching power.
He said: “I am fighting for the belt at a different weight category – as I will box at lightweight.
“Most of my fights had been at welterweight but my last one was at lightweight and I knocked out my opponent in the second round.
“I feel stronger and more confident at lightweight.
“This is my ideal weight and I am confident I can take the title.”
Beattie made his pro debut with a 39-37 points win over Marty Kayes in Bradford last November.
His next two fights ended in defeat before switching to lightweight and stopping Vladislavs Davidaitis two minutes 47 seconds into the second round of a fight in Ayr.
Beattie has also fought in Glasgow and Bradford (twice) and will be making a long-awaited home debut.
He said: “I have been training very hard for this.
“My friends and family are all coming along to the fight at the Beach Ballroom.
“My opponent has yet to be confirmed but I am ready to face anyone.
“Fighting away from Aberdeen has given me experience and what to expect in bouts.
“There is a huge difference now from when I first turned professional.
“To get to the higher level in boxing you have to put in the hard work and dedication and I do that.”