BRIDGWATER’S Dean Mills has admitted he “can’t wait to get going again” as he prepares for his first professional bout in three years.

Mills, who fights in the lightweight division, takes on Lithuanian journeyman Simas Volosinas at the UWE Exhibition Centre in Bristol on Friday evening and is set to be backed by a good number of local supporters.

Looking ahead to the fight, he said: “I’m feeling good and I’m excited to get back into it.

“I always aim to put on a show for the fans and this is no different.”

Mills has seen his progress interrupted by injury since beating Floyd Moore in Portsmouth in September 2014, which has only increased his excitement ahead of his return.

“It has been a frustrating period with injuries, and I’ve had one show cancelled, so I am looking forward to making up for lost time,” he said.

“I’m under new management and I’ve been working on a few new things in the gym, so I’m feeling confident.”

Fighting closer to home is also a bonus for Mills, who competed in London, Sunderland and Liverpool earlier in his professional career.

“It’s only up the road really, so it’s much easier for people to come and support me,” he said.

“Thanks to everyone who has bought tickets so far, it’s much appreciated, and I’m really looking forward to getting in there.

“I get nervous ahead of every fight - I don’t believe anyone who says they don’t - but that’s mainly to do with the waiting around beforehand. Once I get in there, I’ll be fine.”

Mills, who is in search of his ninth professional victory, described his opponent Volosinas as a “tough, durable journeyman who likes to come forward and attack”.

Tickets are still available for Friday’s fight - contact Dean Mills on Facebook for more information.

Dean would like to thank his sponsors Growth Technology, the Inner Garden and Muscle 19 for their support.