Scarborough’s sporting hero Paul Ingle has told his cousin Jamie Scotter he can go all the way as a professional if he trains hard.
Scotter signed on the dotted line to join Scarborough featherweight Shaun Ireland in the growing stable of Doncaster promoter Bull, under the watchful eye of coach Mike Bromby, who is widely regarded as the man who brought through Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell.
The Scarborough man will make his debut in Hull on Saturday March 12, and will fight at super-middleweight and former IBF and IBO world featherweight champ Ingle was quick to offer some words of wisdom to his cousin Scotter, 27.
“Jamie can go all the way as a professional, he has all the ability in the world,” said Ingle.
“He has to realise what a big step up it is from the amateurs to the professional game though and put that extra 10% in in training.
“If he realises his potential and works hard, he’ll definitely be knocking on the door.
“He’s got a lot of experience from the amateurs and that will help him out a lot.”
Ingle is hoping that the people of Scarborough get behind Scotter as they did with him during his illustrious career.
He added: “I think the people of the town will come out and support him.
“It’s a great time for boxing in Scarborough with Shaun Ireland, George Rhodes and George Horner all fighting now too, so it can’t be long before they’re fighting in town.
Bull is excited about Scotter’s potential and is aiming to have him out in action by March.
Bull said: “I’m excited by Jamie, to have a legend like Paul Ingle to look up to is pretty awesome for him.
“To have someone like him for all the Scarborough lads to look up to and go to for advice is fantastic.
“Jamie will have grown up around Paul and will know what sacrifices and hard work it takes to be a success, so that will stand him in good stead going forward.”
Bull insists Scotter came highly recommended by Bromby and Paul Kershaw at St Paul’s ABC and is hoping to have him out in action as soon as possible.
“His coaches are telling me he’s ready to fight now and go straight into six-rounders,” added Bull.