HYNDBURN hunk Kieran Bartlett has quit the fire service to concentrate on his professional boxing career.
The dad-of-one plans to spend more time in the gym improving his fitness and techniques.
Kieran, 24, of Canal Street, Church has worked as a retained firefighter at Hyndburn for the past four years, but finished last Tuesday.
He said: "I was on call for 120 hours each week with the fire service and struggled to fit it in with my training.
"I plan to train full time and become a professional middleweight fighter. I have just been taken on by Oliver Harrison who used to train Amir Khan.
"I have been boxing quite a lot at home. I have got some videos on YouTube and Facebook and have had quite a good response from them.
"Bobbie Jo, a man who fought Joe Calzaghe, contacted me through Facebook and said I’m going to do really well and I have unbelievable talent. He described me as a very unfit Amir Khan and he suggested that I improve my fitness.
"I met with him last week so he could see what my power was like.
"Now I’m going to see him once a week and get my fitness up with him as my trainer.
"Hopefully I’ll be able to get a title and have a championship fight and get on the big screen."
Although the 24-year-old is quite old to be turning professional, he said he’s not worried and is willing to put in the training.
Kieran has previously spent six months training once a week with Khan, focusing on his speed and fitness.. He also trained three times a week with Amir’s brother Haroon and Amir’s former trainer Mick Jelley.
Kieran added: "That training really helped and has helped me get to where I am.
"I’m gutted to be leaving the fire service. It’s a very good job but I was struggling to fit my training in because I was always on call.
"Now I’m going to be training at least four times a week with Oliver in Stockport and at Flex and Fitness in Accrington the rest of the week.
"I’m hoping to get my licence in January."
Until he starts getting paid for fights, Kieran plans to find a part-time job which will allow him to fit in his demanding training schedule.
Kieran’s partner of six years, Carrie and their five-year-old daughter Summer are backing the fighter.
Kieran added: "She’s gutted about the fire service as well but all the comments I have had have reassured her. I’m going to make it."