BLACKPOOL boxer Matty Askin is to venture to Poland next month to contest his first international title fight.
And it will be a case of entering the lion’s den as he takes on home hero Kryzysztof Glowacki for the World Boxing Organisation inter-continental cruiserweight title in Warsaw on November 17.
It is the biggest test of Askin’s career for the Pole is unbeaten as a professional and boasts an impressive amateur record where he registered over 100 wins.
However, Askin, beaten only once as a professional is far from fazed by the formidable challenge - in fact, he is spurred by the prospect of a win catapulting him up the world ratings and making him known on the international scene.
Askin said: “I know I am only taking the fight at short notice, but I am fit and it is an opportunity that I can’t turn down.
“It is a win-win situation for me.
“If I don’t beat him, I can put it down to not having long enough to prepare, but if I win – which I intend to do – then it will put me up the ratings and, who knows, maybe a world title next year.”
Askin says he will not be daunted by taking on the big Pole in his own back-yard.
He said: “If anything, there will be less pressure than if I was fighting in front of my own crowd because no-one expects anything of me. I can beat him in his own back-yard.”
Askin returned to the ring at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool earlier in the month with a routine four-round win over Preston’s Paul Morris - it was his first contest since losing his English title fight against Jon-Lewis Dickinson at Oldham.
Dickinson has since gone on to annexe the British title with a win over Shane McPhilbin in Liverpool earlier in the month. Askin said: “Things seem to have been happening for me since I lost to Dickinson.
“I have got a new trainer (Mathew Ellis) and now I get this big chance in Poland.
“Maybe I will get the chance to box Dickinson again for the title, but I may have bigger things to think about than him if I win in Poland.”
Askin has been catching up with footage of Glowacki on YouTube and will be travelling to Poland with his family, trainer Ellis and other members of his team, as well as a number of supporters and friends.
He said: “Some of the lads I know have booked their flights already, and they will be there to celebrate with me when I win.”
Askin won the ABA cruiserweight title as an amateur, which was the pinnacle of his career in that sphere.
Glowacki was Polish junior champion as amateur in 2003, 2004 and 2005 before progressing to the professional ranks in 2008.
As a pro, he has a 100 per cent record with 17 wins, 11 of them by way of knockout.
LYTHAM’S Scott Cardle will make the step-up to an eight-round bout for the first time on November 17.
The unbeaten light-welterweight will box on Carl Froch’s ‘True Brit’ bill in Nottingham, and will put his perfect professional record on the line against Joe Elfidh.
“I am learning every time I fight,” said Cardle.
“I went the distance in Sheffield and I think I needed those full six rounds just to test my fitness.
“When I am facing six rounds I train for eight and now that I am fighting eight rounds I am training for 10.”
Elfidh, who hails from Nottingham, has had nine fights, winning seven of them and losing two.
One of those losses was against troubled former world WBO champion Scott Harrison at Glasgow’s SECC in September this year.