BLACKPOOL cruiserweight Matty Askin got some unexpected advice in the build-up to his Central Area cruiserweight title clash against Neil Dawson in Wigan tomorrow night.
But at first he didn’t realise the well-wisher’s intentions – quite the opposite by fact!
Out of the blue, he met one of Dawson’s former opponents, Eamonn Glennon, while filling his car up at Tesco’s supermarket early in the morning.
South Shore-based Askin said: “It was weird – I saw this guy staring at me.
“The way he was looking at me I thought he wanted to try and beat me up!
“It was Eamonn Glennon, who I had never met before. He called me over and said he recognised me.
“He told me he had boxed Dawson and told me what to expect and how Dawson had fought.
“He gave me some good advice and thought I would have a good chance of beating him.”
Askin boxes at the Robin Park Arena for his first title as a professional.
He figures on the under-card of Denton Vassell’s defence of the Commonwealth welterweight title against Bethuel Ushona.
The fight card includes the professional debut of Kirkham’s Adam Little, who takes on Tom Bowen, winner of his one and only contest to date.
Askin is happy with his preparation in the run-up to this afternoon’s official weigh-in.
“I was 14-stone at the check weigh-in,” he added. “The sparring has gone well and there is nothing I can moan about in the build-up. Hopefully the performance on the night will show it.
“I can see Dawson coming at me in the early rounds, but after around the fourth I will be loading up with my power shots and I am looking to stop him around the seventh or eighth rounds.”