MATTY Askin is in a rush to challenge new British cruiserweight champion Leon Williams.
The unbeaten Blackpool boxer has hammered Williams verbally since watching his rival take the title from Robert Norton last month.
Askin, 22, will send a message to the rest of Britain’s cruisers when he boxes a non-title ten-rounder against Czech star Roman Kracic at Oldham Sport Centre a week tomorrow.
South Shore-based Matty, who stands 6ft 4” and has won all 11 professional fights, pledged: “I will beat Williams inside the distance ... if he dares face me.
“The Norton fight was a shocker but Williams still didn’t do enough to win. I thought he was pathetic.”
It is little surprise that Askin fancies his chances against Williams, who was knocked out inside two rounds by Blackpool’s Richard Turba this year.
Williams won his next three fights, including the defeat of Norton.
Askin makes a three-hour round trip daily from his hometown to Hatton Health and Fitness in Hyde, where he trains under Bob Shannon.
Hatton Promotions chief Ricky Hatton regularly watches his sessions and added: “The cruiserweight division is wide open at domestic, European and world level.
“Matty will reach the highest level in time but I certainly envisage a British title fight next year.
“There are a lot of fighters who will fancy their chances against Leon, and Matty should certainly be considered in any eliminators that are arranged.”
Kracic has won 33 of his 41 contests. Denton Vassell tops the Sky-televised bill at Oldham, where makes the second defence of his Commonwealth welterweight crown against Cameroon-born Australian Samuel Colomban.
The bill will also include Kirkham’s Adam Little as well as Kieran Farrell, Jazza Dickens, Dezzie Higginson and Kieran Maher.
Boxing starts at 6.15pm and tickets priced £35, £55 and £75 (VIP ringside) are available by calling 01925 755222, 0844 8472500 (Ticketmaster) or 0844 888 9991 (Ticketline), or online www.hattonboxing.com.
n ADAM Little has been preparing for the Oldham bill with workouts at Weeton Barracks, alongside stablemate Martin Murray.
Murray will have the Army fighting his corner when he challenges WBA super world middleweight champion Felix Sturm next month.
The British, Commonwealth and WBA inter-continental champion meets the German in Mannheim on December 2.
And when Murray makes his ring walk at the SAP Arena, he will be accompanied by drummers from The Duke of Lancaster regiment, who are based at Weeton.
Murray accepted an invitation to visit their Weeton barracks from Captain Phil Sweeney, ahead of his big clash against Sturm.
The St Helens fighter, 29, was accompanied by three-year-old son Archie and fellow Hatton Promotions fighters Little and Scott Quigg.
Murray’s friend Andy Reid lost both legs in combat and the unbeaten boxer is helping to raise funds for the Army Benevolent Fund.
He said: “The ABF doesn’t get the attention Help for Heroes does, so I am trying to raise awareness and the drummers being part of my ring walk will play a part.
“The day we spent with the regiment was a real eye-opener. I did some of the tests and they were mentally tiring. I may be fighting for a world title but those guys are in the biggest fight of all.”