Liverpudlian Thomas Stalker keen to put London 2012 pain behind him
Thomas Stalker hopes to ease his Olympic heartache as he continues his professional career in Liverpool this weekend.
Last Updated: 29/03/13 5:15pm
The London 2012 Team GB captain found it hard to contain his emotions after a controversial defeat in the Olympic quarter-finals, but he is now pursuing titles in the professional ranks.
Stalker started his paid career with a points win over Kristian Laight in February and his second outing will be against Andrew Harris on the big Echo Arena bill, on Sky Sports, in his hometown of Liverpool.
The 28-year-old light-welterweight is still haunted by last summer's defeat, but he hopes to put this result behind him by securing some major belts.
"Turning professional has brought some closure to what happened in London," he said.
"Being captain of the British Olympic team will stay with me until the day I die, but to not get a medal was heartbreaking.
"Now I'm a professional it is a new chapter in my life and I can see a bigger picture. It's not just about the Olympics now, it's about becoming a champion as a professional."
Stalker has sold over 1,000 tickets for his fight, but he insists his fans are keen to support all the local fighters on a night topped off by Bellew's world title eliminator.
"I've done a lot of tickets but it's not just for me, it's people buying tickets from me to watch all the Liverpool lads who are fighting," he said.
"I'm obviously made up that they got them off me but the Liverpool boxing scene is the place to be at the moment.
"Tony Bellew's going to come through this weekend and hopefully it's the start of a massive new era for Liverpool boxing."
Watch Tom Stalker continue his professional career against Andrew Harris live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 9pm, and on the red button from 7pm.