I have been away from the ring for far too long – it was last April that I beat Adam Grabiec to pick up my 20th professional boxing career win in Tolworth Recreation Centre in Surrey.
After that last fight in April, I’ve been in the gym non-stop, really. I did have a holiday for a week afterwards and, when I came back, I went straight into a 10-week training camp for the next fight on June 16 in Brighton.
Unfortunately, five weeks into the camp and the show was cancelled. It was frustrating; however, I carried on training right up until the end of July whilst my manager Scott Welch was still looking to get me another fight. I was fight-fit and ready to go so we searched and searched but no one would take it.
I even made the shortlist to fight former World title challenger Frankie Gavin on a Matchroom Boxing show in July but it didn’t materialise, unfortunately.
So, I had another break in July for a week and then came straight back into the gym once again to prepare for the new season.
I’m now back under the guidance of ‘The Brighton Rock’ himself – Scott Welch – at his Brighton & Hove Boxing Club along Kings Esplanade.
What Scott doesn’t know about boxing, isn’t worth knowing. He was a British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion and challenged for the World heavyweight title over in the States, fighting on some of the biggest shows of all-time. Plus, he knocked out Brad Pitt’s ‘Mickey O’Neil’ character at the end of Guy Ritchie’s film Snatch – another noteworthy achievement!
I have been sparring with Chris Eubank Jr., helping him to prepare for his British middleweight title defence against Tommy Langford on October 22 in Cardiff.
I’m very pleased to announce that I have finally got my own fight date on November 12 at the Brighton Metropole Hotel.
I haven’t said too much about it just yet because we are hopefully going to secure a title shot but, regardless of that, it will be a 10-round fight against a top opponent, so I need everyone to come out in support.
I plan to make this season count, starting with the November 12 fight in Brighton. I’m on the hunt for titles and big fights only. Every fight from now on is going to be a big fight with a major title on the line.
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