A FORMER Midlands heavyweight champion boxer from Oswestry is making a return to the ring.

Bobby Sudlow, who recently took a year out of the sport, is set to return to action in March, and will look to extend his unbeaten record, after winning four times in four bouts.

The former semi-professional champion is also hoping he can make a prolonged return to the sport, saying he is confident he can fight into his mid-forties, granted he suffers no injuries.

“You see people fighting into their mid-40s these days,” he said.

“And as long as I stay fit and healthy, there’s no reason why I can’t.”

After a lay-off because of other commitments, Bobby is itching to get the gloves back on and working alongside former world title challenger Roddy Doran as he prepares for his return.

He said: “I bought a cottage that needed renovating, so I have been busy sorting that out every night and at weekends.

“I haven’t been able to get to the gym, but now everything’s sorted and I’m ready to go again.

“I want to get the cobwebs off in this next fight and then see what’s out there. I’ve defended the Midlands title three times and might need to defend it again or maybe I will move on.

“I’ll see what Roddy says.”

Bobby’s first fight was to raise funds for the Linden Davies Unit at Shrewsbury Hospital as his father Ricky battled cancer, and the father of four has since won three of his four bouts in the opening round.

“I take about a minute to weigh them up – and then I go for them,” he said.

“I like to get them out of there as quickly as possible. They are all big lads at my weight, so I try to get them before they get me.”

The show takes place at Unit 32 in Shrewsbury on Friday, March 1.

As well as Bobby’s return, it also features a four-man heavyweight ‘Prizefighter’ tournament. Tickets can be purchased by calling 07562 120079.