A wrestler from Market Rasen is preparing for the biggest fight of his life as he hopes to become the British heavyweight champion.
Former De Aston School pupil Will Jackson will fight current Real Deal Wrestling champion Paul Grint, known as ‘the heavyweight house of pain’, in a showdown at Market Rasen Festival Hall next Saturday.
Will, who works as an installation technician by day, became interested in wrestling at a young age but never thought he would one day take to the ring himself.
The 24-year-old, who moved to Brigg two years ago, said: “When I was young I said ‘I’m going to be a wrestler when I grow up’ but I never really thought it could happen.
“I’ve always been a fan and just decided to start training a few years ago.
“At first I got a lot of stick about it because people didn’t understand it.”
Will’s skills have gone from strength to strength and he became classed as a professional wrestler in 2012.
He said: “It’s my dream to become a full-time wrestler in Britain, then one day travel Europe and America.
“If you don’t have ambitions, you’re wasting your time.”
Will has travelled all around the country competing in various competitions and is looking forward to the match at Festival Hall.
Market Rasen was deliberately chosen to host the championship fight because it is Will’s home town.
Head coach at Grimsby Wrestling Academy, where Will trained, Steve Cartwright said: “Will has been training for a couple of years and has done very well.
“It’s got a lot to do with technique and speed as well as strength and power.”
The match takes place next Saturday, July 20. To book tickets call 07771 618288.