Askin: I can rise to new heights

McKenzie - takes on Askin

McKenzie - takes on Askin

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Blackpool cruiserweight star Matty Askin has promised to end Ovill McKenzie’s run of knockouts when the duo clash at the Liverpool Echo Arena on October 25.

Askin, the current English champion, challenges hard-punching McKenzie for his British and Commonwealth titles on the title-stacked show, headlined by Paul Butler’s record breaking challenge for the International Boxing Federation world super-flyweight title against Zolani Tete.

The 25-year-old steps up to his biggest challenge yet against McKenzie who’s had a career resurgence since moving up to cruiserweight from light-heavy, with stunning knock-out wins over Tony Conquest and Jon-Lewis Dickinson (previous conqureror of Askin) in his last two fights.

But Askin, who’s stopped rivals in 10 of his 17 wins, is relishing the test and says he can raise his game to another level to claim the titles.

He insisted: “I can’t take nothing away from McKenzie - he’s a tremendous warrior and I’m going to have to produce one hell of a performance to beat him, but I know I can do it

“McKenzie’s had great career at light-heavyweight with wars against Enzo Maccarinelli and Tony Bellew and recently he’s found a new lease of life at cruiserweight with knockouts of Conquest and Dickinson - now it’s my time for me to prove that I’m the best,”

“I’ve waited for the opportunity to fight for the British and Commonwealth titles for a long time and now I’ve got it so it’s down to me to take it to McKenzie and rip the titles from him,”

“I need the big test to push me to the next level and McKenzie will make me do that.

“It’s going to be an exciting fight for the fans and with so many other great fights on the show, I’ll be looking to make my mark with a top performance.”