Kokoro star Luke Robinson has turned his life around thanks to kickboxing.
The 20-year-old walked into the Dale Street gym after spending two years a in young offender’s prison but now he is a professional fighter with a big future ahead of him.
Coach Jason Curtis, a former British kickboxing champion, explained: "Luke is a success story really.
"He came through the doors of my gym just two years ago and, at just 18, had just spent the last two years in young offender’s prison.
"Luke had become involved in petty crime but came out determined to change his life.
"When he was younger Luke, who did live in Clitheroe, had trained under the now famous UFC star Michael Bisping, from Clitheroe, and wanted to compete seriously.
"He moved to Accrington and, after just four weeks of training for his first fight, Luke lost on a close points decision. Since then he has never looked back, training twice a day and following the loss with 24 victories in just two years.
"Luke has had much support from family and friends since his change around, a big part of that has been his stepfather, Stephen Molyneaux, who has paid for Luke training throughout.
"Luke turned professional in November last year and, in his first fight in Wigan, he stopped his opponent in the fifth round. His performance was outstanding and due to that has been ranked 45th in the British rankings after just one fight."
Curtis added: "The future is bright for Luke. He is tremendously dedicated and is a strong fighter who was 13st 8lb walking in the gym at 18, and now at 20, he is just 12 stone and in the super middleweight rankings."
Meanwhile fellow Kokoro gym star Stevie Taylor will make his professional debut at Colne Municipal Hall on March 4, and is relishing the chance to fight on a bigger stage.
Taylor, who fights at cruiserweight, has remained unbeaten during his four years as an amateur but has decided to take the big step up. He currently trains under Curtis at the Dale Street gym, a place he feels is ideal for him to develop as a pro.
He said: "It’s a big step to go professional, but I’m loving every minute, I’m trying to get a couple of sessions in every day and become as strong as I can for the big night.
"The Municipal Hall is a venue I’ve heard a lot about and it’s exactly the kind of place I want to be fighting now.
"I’ll be matched up against my opponent next week but it doesn’t make a lot of difference to me, I’m an aggressive fighter and I’ll be working on my own strengths, ready to go on the attack and show people what I’m about."
He added: "It’s a fantastic gym and a great place to be, I’ve been here for three years working with Jason and I feel I’ve improved a lot in that time.
"Three years ago I came down to give it a try and three years later I’m still here. As for the future, I don’t know, we’ll see how this first fight goes and take it from there."
Curtis added: "Stevie is a natural athlete and a big puncher; he will be a force to be reckoned with."