Brymbo boxer Aron Canning says he is in ‘great shape’ ahead of his first competitive fight in more than a year.

In only his fourth professional bout to date, the 31-year-old light heavyweight will face Derbyshire’s Elvis Dube in Stoke on Saturday night.

Canning is out to preserve his 100 per cent record after recording two TKO victories and one points success previously.

Explaining his 13-month absence from the ring since defeating Czech opponent Jindrich Velecky last May, Canning said: “It’s been frustrating.

“It’s been a stop-start year for me and have had a few issues outside of boxing which have kept me out of action.

“I had been due to fight in April and was just a couple of days away from the fight, but had to pull out because of an infection in my leg.

“I’d been doing sprints and just felt that something wasn’t right, so I had it checked out and was told not to fight.

“It’s taken a while to get back in shape, but training’s been brilliant. I feel good and now I’m in great shape for what will be a tough fight.”

With a fight record dating back to 2004, Dube has contested 84 bouts and has predominantly faced quicker and more youthful opponents.

Canning admits that facing the 40-year-old will be among his biggest challenges yet and is wary of his opponent’s punching power.

“He’s got a lot of experience, obviously and is a bit of a a journeyman after being around for so long”, added Canning.

“This is a step up for me, because he’s a hard hitter and could be a dangerous fighter on his night.

“He’s gone up against some up and coming young fighters in the past and has produced a few upsets along the way, so I can’t take him lightly.

“I’m looking forward to it though and am raring to go and show everyone what I can do again.

“It’s been a long time coming, but I’ve put the work in and want to get back on track with another victory on Saturday night.”