Scott fights back after body blow

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LYTHAM boxer Scott Cardle intends to put the bitter disappointment of missing out on the Olympics behind him as he starts a new chapter in his fight career in Sheffield on Saturday night.

Cardle makes his professional debut at lightweight against trial horse Johnny Greaves, with failure to get to London 2012 as an amateur furthest from his thoughts as he enters the ring at the Motorpoint Arena.

And he says he is glad the restrictions of fighting as an amateur will be removed.

Cardle said: “I don’t have to please anybody but myself. I’m doing it the way I want to, so I think everything has worked out well.

“I think it (missing the Olympics) was a bit of a blessing in disguise really and I’m happy about it all now.

“There are only bigger things to come and I’ve forgotten about the disappointment.

“My ambition of the last five years was to go to the London Olympics and represent my country.

“I was in the podium squad for three years and the development squad for the two years before that. “So for five years I was under the umbrella of Team GB and that was all I was thinking about.”

“Obviously I knew that going pro would come but that hadn’t entered my mind because I was thinking only about the Games.

“It was a big kick in the teeth not to make it. It took me a good few months to get over it and now I’m starting to realise that I should be excited about my future.”