Originally Posted by Kevlar
Thank you for your advice I've been told by some locals I'm too old to start in the amateurs ill look into it,
You are not too old - Plenty of time yet. You have till you turn 34 for standard senior bouts (i.e. 17 to 34) and you can box as an amateur in the masters category until you turn 40 (34-40).
If you are serious about improving, join a good amateur gym. You should be able to get plenty of fair bouts and have plenty of good quality sparring (obviously depending on which club you join).