A TALENTED Renfrewshire boxer is preparing to return to the ring for his first fight in more than two years.

Callen McAulay will be in action at the Beach Ballroom, in Aberdeen, on Friday, November 12, for a welterweight contest against an as-yet-unnamed opponent.

And the 23-year-old pugilist, who is a former pupil at Trinity High School in Renfrew, has told fight fans to expect a bigger and better version of what they have seen from him before.

Callen said: “I haven’t boxed in over two years and I’ve grown a bit since then.

"Recently, I’ve been sparring with bigger guys, which has been different, but preparations are going well and I’m looking forward to it.

“My main strength is that I'm hard to hit. I’m good on my feet and I’m quite elusive.”

Callen, who has seven wins from seven professional bouts, takes inspiration from fellow Scottish boxers Josh Taylor and Kash Farooq, who have impressed during high-profile fights on major TV channels.

He said: “Josh Taylor has a similar style to myself and I’ve also been around Kash in the gym and he’s doing really well for himself.

“It’s all good news for Scottish boxing because it is bringing more eyes and attention to it.”

Ahead of his ring return, Callen has been boosted by new deals with streaming service Fightzone and kitchen and bathroom specialists Instyle.

He said: “There’s not a lot of TV money in Scottish boxing, so this gives me the revenue that comes in from the streaming platform.

“Without it, getting title fights is out of reach for a lot of Scottish boxers because of the fees.

“The main goal is to get a world title shot and that’s why it’s so good to be fighting with them [Fightzone] because they’ll be able to put the money behind me.

“It wouldn’t really be a possibility if I wasn’t signed with them.

“The support I've had from Instyle has been tremendous throughout my boxing career, from my amateur fights up until now in my pro career.”

Craig Douglas, managing director at Instyle, is convinced Callen has what it takes to take the sport by storm.

He said: “I think you're looking at the next big superstar in boxing."

You can see Callen’s return to the ring on Fightzone. For more information, search for 'Callen McAulay' on Facebook or follow callenmcaulay on Instagram.