LOCHGELLY boxer Emma McCulloch says she's "put in more training than ever" in preparation for her debut as a professional this weekend.

And, while she admits that some nerves are building, the Glenrothes Boxing Club star says she feels ready to put on a show for her supporters when she steps into the ring in Glenrothes on Saturday.

Emma, who last year was shortlisted for the Sporting Champion of the Year accolade at the Times Community Champion of the Year Awards, told Times Sport last month that she had decided to leave the amateur ranks and pursue a career in the professional arena.

Last June, the four-time Boxing Scotland Elite Championship women's light flyweight 48kg champion said that she was weighing up her future in the sport after missing out on a gold medal at the Haringey Box Cup on a split decision.

That came on the back of not being chosen by Boxing Scotland for the Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast in April and, after thinking over what she said was a "tough decision", she turned pro in November.

She is one of the star names featuring on the card, presented by Fife Sporting Club, at the Gilvenbank Hotel, which also features John McCallum – who will be fighting for the Celtic Light Heavyweight title – Elaine Greenan and Eftychia Kathopouli.

Emma, 27, is excited for the new challenges turning professional will bring and, as she builds up to the big night, told Times Sport: "I am really excited for next Saturday.

"I've put in more training than ever for my professional debut and I'm feeling good about it. I'm ready to go!

"I'm a little nervous because I have been out of the ring since June, and my family and friends will be there to watch on, so I'm keen to do well. Also, it will be the first time I've fought with a headguard, but I'm certain I won't even think about it once I'm in there and the first bell goes."

Although her full focus is on winning her first bout, Emma has her sights set on a title fight in the future, but said she'll choose a path that suits her.

"There are so many opportunities but I'm going to make my journey to suit me," she added.

"I'm looking to get some professional experience under my belt and, after enough contests, I'll be looking at bigger fights such as a title fight.

"There appears to be some good opponents in the professional ranks so I'm sure I'll get my chance in due course."

Tickets for the event, which starts at 7pm, are still available and cost £60. The price includes a four-course meal and four contests – three professional female bouts and a Celtic title fight.

For tickets and more information, contact Emma on 07837118564.