As a youngster Lincoln-born Nathan Decastro is the first to admit he was a bit of a tearaway at school.
He needed a way to let off steam and channel his energy into a sport that would keep him out of trouble.
That sport was boxing and from the age of nine years old under the guidance of his father Frank, Nathan began training hard in his new-found interest.
He had his first official Schoolboy fight two years’ later and moved up to the Junior ranks when he was 13.
Training took place at the Bracebridge Boxing Club, as it does now, under the watchful eyes of owner Denny Oliver and his son Kelly.
By the time he was 17 Nathan was ready for his first Senior fight.
It was a tough baptism into the senior ranks but Nathan defeated his 34-year-old experienced opponent, Todd Reeves from Droitwich, on points.
By this time the Bardney-based boxer’s confidence was growing and following a controversial decision Nathan went down to Chris Eubank Junior on points.
At the age of 23 years Nathan turned professional and since then he has gone on to win seven out of seven bouts at this level.
He said: “I am an aggressive fighter who likes to move forward. My ambition is to become world champion at super middleweight level.
“Boxing has put me on the right path and given me a sense of direction. It’s taught me to respect other people and has given me self-discipline as a person.
There was disappointment for Decastro when his fight at Nottingham was called off a couple of weeks’ ago but he is now looking to make up for that at The Arena UK in Grantham in early July when he hopes to box a high-ranking opponent.
He said: “It’s never easy getting the right fights. People tend to avoid me in the ring because they know what I am capable of doing.
“It’s possible I may even have to go overseas for fights.”
Nathan readily admits his success so far is down to a number of other people in addition to those already mentioned. They include his strength and conditioning coach Sam Vickers and his sponsors The Electric Company run by Aiden Gaughan, SMT2U managed by Dale Hibberd and Lindum Fire Services run by Tom Brookes.
Nathan would like to thank everyone who has helped him so far in his career.