BEN Day reckons anything Darren Hamilton can do, he can do as well.
Hamilton hauled himself off the streets to become British light-welterweight champion – and Day hopes to have a similar story to tell.
He looks to extend his winning record to six fights at the Camden Centre on Friday, September 27 – and the Teignmouth lightweight says Hamilton is his inspiration.
"Three years ago, we both slept in a cupboard in the gym because we had nowhere else to go," said Day. "Darren is now the British champion and an inspiration.
"He couldn't do two rounds of sparring when we were at Rooney's Gym – and now look at him.
"People can't understand how a man of 35 can do what he does, but all he's done is change his mind set."
Day quit the day job to fulfil his boxing ambitions.
He runs the Ringtone Gym in central London – and said: "I'm 34 years old and maybe I haven't got that long left. I want to give boxing everything.
"The gym is buzzing, money is coming in, so now I can take a step back and concentrate on boxing.
"I was doing too much. I was working all hours at the gym and going into fights feeling tired.
"I've got five wins and I'm not sure how I've done it !
"I've had it tough. My opponents look at my age, find out I haven't had any amateur experience and they all try to nick a win.
"I feel I've proved myself and if I get my head down there's no reason why I can't fight for titles."
From the start of his pro career, Day has trained himself – but will have John Patterson in his corner at the Camden Centre next month.
"Everything I've learned about boxing before was from watching videos," he admitted. "John has been in boxing for 30 years and I'm learning so much."
Day could take the 'Prizefighter' path to glory.
He had a ringside seat when eight light-welterweights battled it out for £32,000 at the York Hall last month and hopes to get his chance in a lightweight event.
"I watched 'Prizefighter' and thought: 'I can beat these guys' – apart from Chris Jenkins," said the 34 year-old.
"Even (Southern Area champion) Danny Connor said my awkwardness gives me a chance.
"The three-round distance would definitely suit me. I'm awkward and by the time my opponents have figured me out the fight will be over and I will have won !"