Askin is Fylde's Wigan warrior

UNDEFEATED Blackpool cruiserweight Matty Askin returns to the ring at Robin Park Arena, Wigan, on Friday night.

He will protect his 100 per cent record in his fourth contest, when he takes on Nottingham boxer Mark Lewis in a cruiserweight match-up.

It will be a huge setback if Askin fails to overcome Lewis, who has had six bouts and lost them all.

Askin, the former ABA champion, figures on the undercard of a televised bill that is topped by the British and Commonwealth light-middleweight title fight between the holder Anthony Small and Wigan boxer Tommy McDonagh.

Askin says he is ready for the challenge and is in fine shape. He said: "I am not sure yet whether it is over four rounds or six but I will be ready, however long it is.

"I have done a lot of sparring and pad-work. I have gone brilliantly in training and have put on five pounds since my last fight," added Askin, a member of the Ricky Hatton boxing promotional arm who are putting on Friday's show.

"I will be very strong for this fight. I was a bit disappointed with the way I fought last time (against Mark Nilsen at Altrincham).

"I won it in four rounds but I was not as good as I would like. People will see a different fighter in the ring on Friday.

"There is not a lot around in the cruiserweight division and I will be looking to win some kind of title in 2010."

The Wigan bill, to be screened by Sky Sports, has an outstanding support card, featuring Michael Brodie, Anthony Crolla and Martin Murray.

Askin is trained by Brian Hughes, who steered Robin Reid to the world super-middleweight title, and Pat Barrett, the former British and European light-welterweight title.

The Blackpool boxer added: "It is good to get advice from someone like Pat, who has performed at such a high level and you can only learn from his experience."