The famous fighting town of Bognor Regis may have another professional fighter as boxer Callum Ide looks to join the paid ranks. The 24-year-old has signed a three-year professional contract with former British title challenger Kieran Farrell, after boxing on his Manchester show and impressing the fighter-turned-manager. He will not be officially confirmed a full professional until he passes his medical, attends a board meeting and has a trial bout to take place next month. But the ex-Bognor Boxing club and Ockley ABC stylist is relishing the challenge ahead after being given the confidence of manager Farrell’s backing. “Faz took us up to Farrell’s Gym in Manchester for sparring last year, with Ockley ABC. A couple of months later I was up there again boxing on Farrell’s boxing clubs amateur show,” recalls the apprentice carpenter. “He got in touch with me after, through Facebook and asked if I would turn pro. I was over the moon. We’ve still got the medicals, trial bout and board meeting to take care of so fingers crossed it all comes together.” Having sparred many rounds with Callum since he started boxing at 18, I can testify that the sheer size of him makes him an awkward customer to box. His 6’4″ frame coupled with his long straight lead jab should be the foundation of which he bases his style. He added: “I just want to test myself against the best and see how far I can go. I know it won’t be easy but I’m willing to travel and train overtime. I just want to keep improving and be the best I can be.” It’s great to see another one of our own crossing over into the pro ranks. I’m sure I’m speaking for everyone in the local boxing community in wishing Callum all the very best with his pending pro career.