Cardle aims to win Lonsdale Belt outright
The waiting game is over for Lytham boxer Scott Cardle - he will defend his British lightweight title against English champion Robbie Barrett at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow next month.
The stakes could hardly be higher for Cardle on April 15 - if he wins, it will be the third defence of his Lonsdale Belt and he gets to keep it in perpetuity.
Barrett defeated Kevin Hooper in his first defence of the English title last Saturday.
Cardle previously sopped Hooper, who was seriously out-classed by the 27-year-old Lytham boxer, who is unbeaten as a professional.
Cardle said: “I’m over the moon to be getting the chance to win the belt outright.
“I’ve defended it many times now but with the draw I need one more to get my hands on it - and that’s always been the aim, it’s something special and what I’ve always dreamed of.
“The last time I boxed in Glasgow (against Hooper) I thought that was the one for me to win it outright, but it’s no stress to fight for it again as I’m proud to be British champion and I love defending it, and to do it in Glasgow is special for me and my family.
“I’d sparred a few times with Kevin but that’s all I had to go on to prepare for the fight, and he got the better of me in those spars to be honest so I was a bit nervous. I knew I had to be at my best and luckily enough I was, I felt great and I’m hoping to produce the same clinical performance as that.
“I haven’t seen much of Robbie, but Kevin has told me a bit about him.
“He’s a southpaw and a good boxer coming off two strong wins, so we’ll look back to my performances against southpaws like Maxi Hughes and Craig Evans and make sure I’m on that kind of form.
“I don’t want to stand still and once I’ve got the Lonsdale Belt for keeps I want to move on through the stages.I really want the European title next, I’d love to fight Edis Tatli and I’d be more than happy to go to Finland to take it from him