Memory of grandad is driving Matty on to win

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Blackpool’s Matty Askin, who boxes on the under-card of the Rose versus Alcine bill tomorrow night at the Winter Gardens. wants to win a British title in memory of his late grandfather.

But first it is the English title on the agenda tomorrow when he fights China Clarke, of Leeds.

The victor has been ordered by the British Boxing Board of Control to defend against unbeaten Walsall man Chris Keane, but Askin believes it’s only a matter of time before he gets a shot at the Lonsdale belt and he’s got more determination than ever.

His grandfather, Terry Halpin, a respected professional boxer during the 1960s and long-time amateur trainer, died last year and he is serving as the inspiration for Matty’s hopes.

Askin said: “My grandad fought Ken Buchanan and did a lot for boxing.

“Sadly he passed away so it’d be nice to win a British title for him.

“He did well out of boxing but he never had it easy and it would be nice to dedicate it to him for all his hard work and everything he did for the sport.

“The British title would mean the world to me and anything I win afterwards would be a bonus.

“This fight is for the English title, which is nice to have, but it’s all about performing, showing people what I can do again and getting a rematch with Jon-Lewis Dickinson.

“I think another fight between me and him is what the cruiserweight division needs.”

Askin has taken on a sports psychologist and says he has felt the benefit of it since the link-up.