BOXERS Sam Ball and Grant Quigley are being tipped for title tilts in the very near future after stunning starts to their professional careers.

The Inverclyde duo have made a big impression since joining the paid ranks earlier this year and their manager, respected promoter and coach Colin Bellshaw from Saltire Boxing, predicts big things for the young fighters.

They will be back in action on Friday for ‘The Future’ fight night in Greenock Town Hall, which includes Grant’s older brother James, who also turned pro in 2015.

It was at the same venue in May — the first professional show in Inverclyde for more than 40 years — where local boy Sam, 20, made his debut with a win on home soil and he’s gone on to notch up four victories in as many bouts.

Port Glasgow man Grant, 21, has been in equally impressive form since making his pro bow in March. He has gone on to notch up three back-to-back victories during the course of the year, including a superb knockout win over Hull fighter Andy Neylon in Glasgow two months ago.

The ease to which they’ve adapted from ace amateurs to polished professionals has left their manager in no doubt that they are destined for the top and title fights in the very near future.

Colin told the Tele: “They have taken to the professional game really quickly, a seamless transition from the amateurs.

“Both have been very, very impressive and there’s a lot of people talking about them.

“Most of this year has been four-round fights and they will then move up to six then eight.

“I reckon they’ll be competing for domestic titles within a year from now then Scottish national titles — that’s the next step — then towards British the year after that.

“I think they have a massive future — they are two of the best prospects we have seen in Scotland and I’m not being biased.”

Among those singing their praises was boxing legend Barry McGuigan in an exclusive interview with the Tele recently.

The Clones Cyclone booked the pair to appear on his Edinburgh show — although Grant was forced to pull out at the last minute because of injury — and said they are ‘guys we’re very excited about’.

Friday night will also feature Grant’s older brother James, 29, who stepped up to the paid ranks last month when he too got his pro career off to the best possible start.

Despite five years passing since his last fight, James recorded a solid points victory at St Andrew’s Sporting Club in Glasgow.

James, who is an electrical fitter by trade, has been boxing since he was 15 and is the longest-serving member of Port Glasgow Victoria Club, where he trains with his sibling.

Friday’s show in Greenock also features Aberdeen fighter Darren Trainor and Steven Rae from Barrhead.

Tickets are available from all of the boxers or by calling 0141 8105700.