I’ve been working harder than ever in the gym with former undisputed world champion Lloyd Honeyghan.
He’s been in Brighton for a short while now, I don’t know how long he’s going to stay for but his experience and knowledge has given me real lift.
A lot of the sessions that he does are non-stop work with no or very little rest. His philosophy is that you are in the gym to work, so he gets us shadow boxing for an hour straight then onto the bags for three or four rounds with no breaks!
It’s a lot more intense but it’s good and adds a bit more to my game. I definitely feel the benefits already in my fitness and engine, and even mentally it helps; I know what I’ve got to do and how to go about my work in the ring.
My next fight is scheduled for November 12 at the Hilton Brighton Metropole for the WBC International Silver welterweight title.
It’ll be a ten-rounder so it’s good for me to get ready in that way for those championship rounds. I have done it before against Gary Cooper for the British Masters title back in March 2014.
He was more of a middleweight and didn’t even make the weight limit for the fight! He stopped super-welterweight prospect Sonny Upton just a few months after our fight, he was a big middleweight with heavy hands and it was a fast-paced ten-rounder, plus I’ve done plenty of eight-rounders before so I’m more than confident.
I’m guessing my opponent will be a world ranked boxer with the World Boxing Council. Regardless of who is put in front of me, I’ll be treating it as the biggest fight of my life.
This belt will be the platform I need for me to get a big fight against the winner of Frankie Gavin v Sam Eggington, who are fighting for the full WBC International welterweight title on October 22.
I’m on the cusp of getting the big fights that I want and this belt will be a springboard onto that. But, it’s not just a stepping stone, this belt is prestigious in its own right and former World champion Junior Witter once challenged for this title but came up short against Canadian champion Victor Lupo Puiu.
The current holder is former English champion Shayne Singleton who will be vacating the title to challenge my former stable mate Bradley Skeete for his British welterweight title on October 22.
So, it’s an illustrious title and will be my biggest achievement in boxing so far, but, more importantly, it will be the start of things to come.