Askin buoyant ahead of title bid

Askin - bidding to be best of British
Askin - bidding to be best of British
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Matty Askin is exuding confidence ahead of Friday night’s challenge for the British and Commonwealth cruiserweight titles, proclaiming: “I don’t see how Ovill McKenzie can possibly beat me.”

The bout was postponed for the best part of a fortnight and re-scheduled for tomorrow at York Hall, Bethnal Green, but the delay has not fazed title challenger Askin.

In fact, Askin says it has helped rather than hindered him as he bids to join the likes of fellow Blackpool fighters Ronnie Clayton, Brian London and Brian Rose in getting a coveted Lonsdale Belt strapped around his waist.

Askin said: “People are going to see the best of me on Friday night and everything has gone brilliantly in my preparation - I have got the work done and all the sparring.

“I am convinced I am going to bring those belts back to Blackpool.

“It feels like I have watched McKenzie a million times on video and I don’t see how he can beat me.

“I know that if I am at my best - which is what I think I will be - then there is only one outcome.”

Askin continued: “The change in venue and date hasn’t affected me - if anything it has given me more confidence because I got in some extra sparring with the Dickinson brothers (Jon-Lewis and Travis() up in Newcastle.”