Blackpool cruiserweight Matt Askin says he is in terrific shape for his English title clash with China Clarke in his hometown on Saturday night, insisting: “I have put my body to hell and back.”
And Askin has reiterated that if the worst happens and he is vanquished at the Winter Gardens, he will pack in the sport at the age of 24.
Askin said: “If it comes up bad for me, then it’s retirement. I can’t handle another loss. I didn’t come into this game to be beaten.”
Askin has lost two of his last three fights, one against Jon-Lewis Dickinson for the English title. In his last outing in Poland, Askin lost to Krzysztof Glowacki for the WBO inter-continental title.
Askin said: “I have to give credit to Dickinson but I was immature and bad. I just wasn’t there on the night.
“I only had two of three weeks to prepare for the fight in Poland and I probably shouldn’t have taken it, but I have trained and dieted properly for eight weeks for the fight on Saturday, giving all my focus to winning this belt.
“I am the best I’ve ever been and this division is there to be taken.”
Askin is one of three Fylde boxers on the Winter Gardens bill topped by Brian Rose’s WBO inter-continental title clash with Joachim Alcine.
In addition, Lytham’s Scott Cardle boxes for the Central Area light-welterweight title against Maxi Hughes.
Having such a threesome in action shows that the Blackpool scene is booming. Askin said: “The town is full of talent – it’s madness. It is the best show Blackpool will ever see.”