Pook is determined to make the most of his return to the ring
TORQUAY fighter Torryn Pook believes he will be better prepared for his second professional clash after signing up for a show in Swindon in March.
Pook's opponent has yet to be confirmed for the fight at the Oasis Leisure Centre on Saturday, March 9, but he could face promising Plymouth lightweight Ben Zacharkiw.
Zacharkiw, from the city's Cosmo Gym, turned pro before Christmas and has yet to make his debut.
Pook's debut bout came almost exactly a year ago, when he beat Shaun Tribble at Plymouth's Guildhall in a three-round clash.
The 26-year-old came out punching against Tribble, but admitted the pre-fight adrenaline left him drained for the final round. He ducked and dodged some heavy shots from Tribble to hang on for a points decision.
"I did come out punching, but that's just the kind of fighter I am," said Pook.
"I've had harder sparring sessions than that, but it was draining fighting in front of the crowd for the first time.
"I did what I needed to do, but I think the whole occasion got to me.
"My stamina was there for the fight – I've done seven or eight rounds of sparring – but doing it in the ring is just part of learning your trade, learning how to hold that up and adapt."
Pook's second pro bout will be on the undercard of Kelvin Young's Southern Area super middleweight title defence, and features a number of boxers from Swindon's Horseshoe Gym.
In preparation for the bout, Pook has been sparring with English title contender Jamie Speight which he believes has shown him where improvement is needed.
"I've got seven weeks of training in front of me now – I've been sparring a lot with Jamie, and I think it's been beneficial for both of us," he said.
"Obviously Jamie has a lot more experience and has been in with some pretty good boys so it showed me where I'm at as well."
He added: "I should feel a lot better this time to be honest. Everyone says that the first one is the hardest one, and we will soon find out whether that's true.
"There's always room for improvement on everything – it's just a case of working away and getting better at everything.
"I know my strengths and my weaknesses."
Pook also said his first year as a professional has opened up his eyes to aspects outside of the ring.
He is already supported by Paignton firm 100 per cent Health who supply his nutritional requirements, but is looking for more sponsors to cover costs elsewhere.
Pook said the high expectation of ticket sales had put him off getting back in the ring earlier, and said he now faces a bill of £600 for a pre-fight medical. He added: "I'm disappointed to only have had one fight in the past year, but I've learned that it's all about ticket sales, as you have to be prepared to sell tickets for whatever show you are in."
"It's a nightmare that the fight is so far away, but that's the way it is.
"You need to have a few fights to break even – it's what I'm learning about now, that it's all about money."
Tickets for the show at Swindon's Oasis Leisure Centre cost £35, or £60 VIP, and are available on 07557 363840.