Iain Weaver granted Spanish fight licence for pro debut

Iain Weaver (right)

Iain Weaver could make his professional debut next month after being granted a licence to fight in Spain.

Weaver, from Ferndown in Dorset, had his licence application turned down by the British Boxing Board of Control due to a cyst on the brain.

But two independent specialists cleared the 23-year-old to box and Jay Weaver has confirmed that his son is now looking at making his bow in April.

"It might be Barcelona for Iain's debut," he told BBC Radio Solent.

"Iain will not be able to box in England or Northern Ireland, but he can box anywhere else in the world."

Weaver, who will fight at super-featherweight, has also ended his association with promoters Matchroom Sport, with whom he signed in July last year.

A featherweight silver medallist at the 2010 European Championships in Moscow, Weaver's medical problems began when a routine scan revealed the cyst on his brain.

However, two independent neurosurgeons subsequently said they were happy for him to fight, which led to him contemplating legal action against the BBBC and having to pursue a licence abroad.

"We were scratching our heads trying to find out what to do next because the British Board of Boxing Control would not grant a licence because of Iain's cyst," said his father.

"I spoke to Iain's manager Gary Hyde over in Ireland and it was either get a licence in Ireland or Spain.

"With the Spanish licence, Iain can still train in England and just travel out for there fights.

"If we'd have gone down the Irish route, Iain would have to have either Irish heritage, which he has got but it's very distant, or he would have to have taken up residency over there.

"Iain didn't want to do that because of the good team he has got around him, so the Spanish licence suited him better."