"Action" Jackson England will make his return to the ring next month after overcoming a serious case of appendicitis.
The Mandurah-based boxer and current Australian featherweight title holder missed his last scheduled fight at Thunderdome 29 after the illness sidelined him for the first time in his career.
England underwent a pair of surgeries with the illness, after doctors described his appendix as being "wrapped around his liver".
"I've never missed a fight through injury before so to sit the last one out with something quite serious, it was tough," he said.
"I was telling the doctor 'just give me the antibiotics and let me fight', but time off was the advice from the professionals so we took that and sat out.
"If anything, it taught me a few lessons about patience and I was able to just spend days in the hospital watching film and studying boxing."
But now, with his illness in the rear view, England is poised for his return to the ring as he's set to take on Rivo Rengkung at Thunderdome 30.
For England, coming back off injury presents a significant milestone in his young career, with the bout offering him another opportunity to take a step forward in the boxing ranks.
"I'm just stoked to be back in the ring, but it's also a chance to show people I haven't lost a step," he said.
"I'm extremely confident heading into this fight. [Rengkung] is a really experienced fighter, he's tough, but I feel like I've got enough power that if I can hit him with certain shots he's going to drop.
"Really I think I'm just excited to get back in the ring, in front of the crowd and putting on a show.
"I thrive off that environment so I'm itching to get back there."
England will take on Rengkung at Metro City in Perth on Friday, May 17.
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