MARK HOULDEN is backing Alan Harper to make a big impression on his Queensbury Boxing League debut next month.
The 28-year-old Dorking fighter is on the bill for the Queensbury show at the Effingham Park Hotel in Copthorne, on Saturday, February 8, where he will fight Anthony Ayinde in the welterweight division.
Harper will become the sixth fighter from the Ultimate Fitness gym to appear on a Queensbury Boxing League show, and his trainer Houlden is backing the 5ft 11ins former kickboxer for success.
He said: "It will be the first time he has fought without his headguard and it should be good for him.
"It is exciting for him and I know he is looking forward to it.
"But he is a good boxer and he is ready. It should be a good fight."
Houlden added that with his Epsom opponent being a southpaw, it could make life difficult for Harper, but he is confident that his man, who has been training with him for about two years, has the skills to trouble Ayinde.
He said: "He performed well in his last fight and he will be up for the match.
"It will be about tactics against a southpaw. Ayinde is more experienced too, but Alan has some good defensive skills and he is in good shape."
Meanwhile, Houlden says Harper will also feature on the Ultimate Fitness gym's next show in March, alongside the likes of fellow welterweight fighter Naethan Hutcheon and Ian Garwood.