Little’s ready for the big-time

Pictures Martin Bostock'Preparing for a major boxing event at Blackpool Tower on August the 19th are L-R Adam Little, Matty Askin, Ricky Hatton, Matthew Hatton, Tom Scott, Rik Turba,
Pictures Martin Bostock'Preparing for a major boxing event at Blackpool Tower on August the 19th are L-R Adam Little, Matty Askin, Ricky Hatton, Matthew Hatton, Tom Scott, Rik Turba,
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KIRKHAM boxer Adam Little will face novice professional Liam Griffiths on the undercard of the big show at Blackpool Tower Circus on Friday week.

Griffiths, from the Portsmouth area, has never boxed as a licensed pro but has fought extensively on the semi-pro circuit.

Little, a university student, has big ambitions and wants to make up for lost time.

He has won his two fights to date and should have boxed at Wigan earlier in the summer but was laid low by illness.

Little said: “I was disappointed. I wasn’t feeling right in training and I was ill the day before the fight, so I had to pull out. But now I am back and getting ready.

“I want to keep busy and maybe go for an area title next year. I want to get some confidence and experience, then go for the British title after eight or nine more fights – I don’t see why I can’t.”

Next week’s fight will be Little’s first at ‘home’ after bouts in Wigan and Manchester, where he was the last on the bill both times. On the latter occasion, the arena lights had to be switched back on before he climbed into the ring after midnight.

He is hoping he will not be kept waiting next week: “I have been told I will be on relatively early, and I don’t want all my fans to be waiting right to the end. I want to get things over and done with, said Little (above).

“With Matthew Hatton fighting in Blackpool it should be a really good bill.

“I will have all my mates and supporters at the Tower, and although I have not actually seen the venue I have heard it is brilliant.”

Little says that being part of the Ricky Hatton management team can only help his fledgling fight career.

“When I go over to Ricky’s gym in Hyde, he guides you through stuff and tells you new things. He is always there in the background. It is nice to be around Ricky. He has been there and done it, and he’s seen everything. “With the whole Hatton family involved, you get a lot of the banter and it is a lot different to being an amateur.

“I had a good record and beat a lot of good people in the amateurs, but the pros suit me so much better,” he said.

“There is a big difference in the gloves and (wearing) no head-guard makes you more aware, You slip the punches more.”

Tickets for the show are available via (01772) 682368.