Super-welterweight Ricky Heavens is confident of building on the promising start to his professional career as he looks to make a step up in 2018.

The unbeaten prospect’s profile has risen considerably in the last few months thanks to connections with Brentford FC.

The 20-year-old has featured in the programme and built up a relationship with a number of big names including defender and Wales Under-21 captain Chris Mepham who was present at his last fight. 

And Heavens, who is an ever-present at Griffin Park, is hoping to perform on a big platform for his new-found fans this year.

“2017 was just the start in my eyes, I can’t put into words how much my family have been moved by the support of Bees fans,” said Heavens.

“Everyone knows in boxing it’s all about selling tickets at this level, to have fans that want to come and see you and bring the roof down is priceless.
 
My manager Steve Goodwin is working on a few things for me at the moment which would be amazing if they come off. “

The west London-based fighter was pleased with his 2017 but admits he is was a little annoyed at a niggling injury which kept him out of action for the last part of the year. 

“I couldn’t not be happy with 2017,” he said.
“To have three fights and three wins, you can’t complain at that. I picked up some amazing sponsors who have been a huge benefit on my career, too.

“I would have like one or two more fights, but I picked up a knock in my first fight of the year so it wasn’t meant to be. 

“This year though I just want to keep winning and keep improving just like 2017 – but this time on some bigger platforms.”