AFTER an initial spell in the spotlight, Liam O'Reilly has enjoyed his taste and wants more.

The Riddlesden-based fighter, nicknamed 'Lights Out', made a belated professional boxing debut and is now gearing up for his second stint inside the ring.

The 31-year-old was scheduled to make his welterweight division debut in June, but small issues with his medical meant he had to postpone his bow for a couple of months.

But it was worth the wait as he claimed an unanimous points win in his four-round battle with experienced Fonz Alexander, 31, from Newark.

O'Reilly's victory at the Municipal Hall, Colne, in front of a huge following of his family and friends, was even more impressive considering he was facing a fighter with more than 100 professional bouts under his belt.

Now he has resumed training for his next bout, believed to be against Glasgow super lightweight Gary McGuire, 25, at Blackburn's King George's Hall on Saturday, November 2.

But O'Reilly has first taken some time to reflect on the unforgettable night he enjoyed on his debut in Colne on August 31.

He said: "It was the best feeling ever, it was amazing, everybody cheering you on.

"It was a great feeling, nothing beats that. I want more, it was unbelievable. It was a really good night, a good show.

"I've just go to see how I get on and just keep fighting whoever.

"My first fight went the distance, it was 4xthree-minute rounds. I won every round.

"The guy I faced in my first fight knew his way around the ring. It was very tough going.

"I took a coach load of people over. Everything worked out how we planned. I boxed to the best of my ability. I came out on top. The training went great."

The father-of-three juggles his full-time job as an engineer for Keighley company Escalutions with a 90-minute round trip to training at his gym in Accrington most days. He is guided by his trainer Jason Curtis at Kokoro Gym in the Lancashire town and promoter Kevin Maree.

The orthodox right-hander is also laid back about his future in the sport, but wants to fill his coming years with a number of bouts.

O'Reilly added: "I don't know when I will be fighting for titles, I'm just starting out. I will just keep moving up the rankings now. I want to box for titles in the future.

"I work full-time and work around the boxing as well.

"I had a few days out after my first fight. I was back training on Monday, back in the training weeks, I have six or seven weeks until my next fight.

"I'm hoping to get four or five fights a year in, maybe more. As many as possible.

"At my age, I don't have too many years left. I want to say a massive thank you to my partner, Mandy Davies, who has supported me massively building up to this fight. She has helped me so much, making sure I have everything I need.

"Thanks you to my family and friends for their continued support and their following.

"I've got six or seven years yet. That will do."

O'Reilly has previously said boxing taught him self-discipline, especially during his teens when he fought as an amateur and, after a 10-year break from action, the sport also saw him lose seven stone, after he got up to 17-and-a-half stone.

He previously told the Keighley News: "I boxed as an amateur when I was 15 and my last amateur fight was when I was 19. I stopped for 10 years. I had four knock-out fights when I came back and my last one was in November last year.

"Back in the day, I got in a lot of trouble. Boxing saved me. It really sorted me out. Boxing put me back on the straight and narrow."