Undefeated super-featherweight Billy Stuart today he is thriving after opting to turn professional at only 19-years-old.
Stuart maintained his 100% record since entering the paid ranks in defeating Kamil Jaworek 40-34 at the Hilton Treetops, Aberdeen.
Comfortably overcoming Poland’s Jaworek made it three wins from three fights for the Commonwealth youth games silver medallist.
Having signed for Aberdeen based promoters Northern Sporting Club Stuart is targeting title glory as a professional.
He said: “Being a professional boxer has always been my dream and now I am living it.
“It was always my intention to turn professional but thought I would do it in my twenties.
“However turning pro so young doesn’t faze me as it means I have I have more time to adjust to that level and see what it is like fighting there.
“I am undefeated and turning professional was the best decision I ever made.”
Stuart is one of Scotland’s hottest young prospects and completely dominated his division at national level throughout multiple age groups before turning professional.
He is a seven time Scottish champion and also secured the British title twice.
Stuart also secured Commonwealth youth gold at 56kg in Samoa in September 2015. There had initially been hopes of competing at the senior games at the Gold Coast, Australia next summer.
However the Macduff based fighter, who trains at Aberdeen’s Granite City Boxing Club, opted to enter the professional ranks.
He said: “I won the Scottish championships every year consecutively until I turned pro.
“I went to the youth commonwealth games and returned with a silver.
“There will be no regrets as I am thriving as a professional but I began to feel I was staying at the same level and becoming stale.
“Now that I have turned pro I am improving all the time and learning so much new things.
“Boxing professionally is completely different from amateur and I enjoy it far more.
“There are more rounds at professional level which is better for me as I get stronger as the rounds progress.
“When competing in the amateurs three rounds were not enough for me.
“By the end of the second round I was only starting to get going at amateur and was really getting into it by the third, but then the fight was finished.
“As a professional by the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds I am absolutely flying.”
Stuart recently sparred with two-weight world champion Carl Frampton ahead of the Belfast featherweight’s proposed clash with Mexican Andres Gutierrez on July 29.
That contest was postponed at the 11th hour as Gutierrez’s Mexican opponent was injured after slipping in the shower.
Stuart went three rounds with the former WBA Super World Featherweight champion and IBF super bantamweight champion Frampton and even landed a few telling blows.
His boxing heroes are from the lighter weight divisions that he operates in.
Stuart said: “I love the Mexican boxers like Barrera, Morales and Chavez – they are fighters that excite me.”