Dumbarton boxer Martin Harkin faces a defining month in the sport this September, according to his trainer Danny Lee.

Harkin has two fights in 13 days as he looks to continue his unbeaten start to life in professional boxing.

The 25-year-old faces Paisley’s Craig Kelly first on Friday, September 9 at the Lagoon Centre, before a second fight on September 21, with his opponent still to be confirmed.

Having won his first four fights, only losing one round on route, Lee says if he can make it through these contests unscathed, he’s on course for a Scottish title challenge in the not too distant future.

He said: “It’s an important month for him, it could define his future in the sport.

“His next fight, he’s [Kelly] has been about a bit and he’s boxed for a Scottish title in March.

“Martin won’t want to look too far ahead, but if he gets the two wins here then by the end of the year we could be looking for a challenge at the Scottish belt.”

Kelly’s record sits at nine wins, 11 losses and one draw.

The 34-year-old challenged Port Glasgow’s Sam Ball for the Scottish title back in March, but was caught several times before Ball walked away the winner.

He then fought Paddy Gallagher, who is ranked eighth in the UK at welterweight level, but was knocked down once in the second round and three times from body shots in the third.

It’ll be Harkin’s toughest fight yet, and hopefully his last six round contest before moving on to eight rounds in his second fight of the month.

And Lee is hoping to get his fighter at least two more fights before the end of the year, if all goes to plan.

He added: “Between now and December, we’ve got the two in September and maybe another two before the end of the year. That’s very busy.

“We usually box about 5-6 times a year, anything over that is a bonus.

“It’s about keeping injury free, not getting cuts and then what they’ll do in the gym.”

Tickets are available for both fights, contact Martin directly or via St Andrew’s Sporting Club.