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Former Commonwealth featherweight champion Paul Truscott makes a ring return after over a year out, when he starts a new chapter of his career at Rainton Meadows Arena on Saturday night against Hungarian Sandor Racz.

The six-round contest is on the undercard of Jon Lewis Dickinson’s British cruiserweight title defence against Mike Stafford.

Truscott, 27, hasn’t fought in over a year since his unsuccessful British 9st title challenge against Gary Buckland last March and the Middlesbrough man says he is excited to be finally getting back into the ring after deciding to campaign at lightweight or higher from now on.

“It feels like I’m starting over again – I can’t wait to get in there, even talking about it gives me a warm feeling in my chest,” Truscott told Gazette Live.

“ I’ve been in the gym constantly and I’m feeling strong and explosive.

“I might be a bit rusty to begin with, but I’m looking to put on a good performance.”

Truscott (pictured) says he wont be taking his East European comeback opponent lightly and will be fully switched on against Racz who has a record of 4 wins, 2 defeats with 2KOs

“East Europeans are always tough,” said Truscott (18-3, 3KOs).

“One minute they’re doing nothing, the next they’re letting their hands go. You’ve got to stay switched on, because even non- punchers can turn lights out if they land on the perfect place.”