Pat McCormack will take step up in class when he faces Dimitri Trenel next weekend.
The Olympic silver medallist needed less than half a round to dismantle Justin Menzie on his professional debut at Probellum Throwdown, in March.
McCormack announced his arrival on the pro stage with a sickening left hook to the body, from which Menzie had no answer.
But France’s Trenel is expected to offer McCormack a sterner test when the 27-year-old fights for the second time as a pro on Saturday, July 30 at the Vertu Motors Arena, as part of the Wasserman Boxing card.
Trenel carries an 8-1 record with him to Newcastle and was beaten for the first time, in May, when McCormack’s old amateur gym-mate Cyrus Pattinson forced his stoppage in the third round.
McCormack, one of the hottest prospects in world boxing, wants to make a statement on the Channel 5 show but knows Trenel, who has four stoppage wins to his name, threatens to be a tougher nut to crack, in a fight that is scheduled for six rounds.
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