KIRKHAM boxer Adam Little has double reason to want to ‘get on his bike’ when he appears on tonight’s huge bill at Manchester Velodrome.
He wants to get his job in the ring done properly against veteran Dee Mitchell so he can settle down and turn from being a boxer to a fight-fan, and lap up the fascinating action that promises to unfold on the Ricky Hatton promotion, the last on Sky tv before that tie-up comes to an end.
Little, who has won all six contests as a pro, said: “There are so many interesting fights that I hope I get the chance to settle down and watch them all after I finish my fight.”
But it is first things first and Little’s priority is to dispose of Mitchell in his six-rounder, though he knows it won’t be straightforward.
“Mitchell does not get stopped very much – he will come forward and give me a run for my money.”
Little, who expects to weigh in at 10st 10lb for tonight’s bout, said: “That is three pounds above welterweight, but I will have no trouble getting down to 10st 7lb if I fight for a title.”
Little will have Ricky Hatton in his corner and so will another fighter on the bill, Sergey Rabchenko.
And the Belarussian believes that will spur him on to European light-middleweight glory.
Rabchenko, 26, meets Sheffield’s former champion Ryan Rhodes on the Road To Glory promotion tonight.
Rabchenko who has won all 20 fights, 15 by knockout said: “I have had more than nine weeks’ training with Ricky at the Hatton gym, and it has allowed to me into get into the best shape of my career.
“Ricky was always one of my favourite fighters, so it has been a fantastic experience getting his expertise.
“We have also been running together, and he has taught me some English words, although I am not sure how many I should repeat.
“I have got a lot of respect for Ryan Rhodes previous achievement’s as a professional boxer, but now it’s my time, and I am going to be the new European champion.
There are three other major contests on the bill.
Scott Quigg and Rendall Munroe square up for the vacant interim WBA super-bantamweight title.
Rhodes fellow steel city slugger Richard Towers challenges France’s Gregory Tony for the vacant EU heavyweight title.
And in a special attraction, highly-rated British middleweight champion Martin Murray meets French title holder Karim Achour ahead of a big September fight, that will be announced later this month.
Other fights: Craig Watson v Tomasz Mazurciewicz, Lucas Browne v Hastings Rasani, Adam Etches v Ferenc Zold, Scott Jenkins v Kristian Laight, Kallum De’Ath v Anwar Alfadi, Louis Norman v Brett Fido.