Blackpool boxer Matty Askin has told his rival for the British and Commonwealth cruiserweight titles Ovill McKenzie: “It’s time for you to move over.”
The duo are on collision course at the Kingsway Leisure Centre in Widnes on Saturday week, and Askin is exuding optimism he puts the finishing touches to his preparations.
Askin, the current English champion at 200 pounds, said: “I have watched McKenzie on video and every time I watch him it just fills me with confidence.
“His time has gone and next week is the right stage for me to take over from him.
“My preparation has been brilliant, and all I am looking forward to now getting it over and done with.”
The 26-year-old from South Shore continued: “This is my last hard week and it will be a case of ticking over after that. “I have no problems with the weight – I always make it comfortably.
“If the best Matty Askin turns up on the night – and I am sure that will be the case – I believe I will win, probably by stoppage.”
Askin reckons that victory on March 14 will open many doors.
“This fight will give me a world ranking and give me a chance to box for a world title, just like Brian Rose did.”
Askin has had to make sacrifices to prepare for next week’s clash with McKenzie.
He has been living with his trainer Michael Jennings in Chorley to stay focused, keeping him apart from his partner and young son.
“I am fighting for them now,” said Askin, who was due to have spar with former British champion Jon-Lewis Dickinson and his brother Travis in the countdown to the big fight.
Jon-Lewis Dickinson has fought both Askin And McKenzie. He defeated Askin for the English title at Oldham three years ago, though the Blackpool boxer was still in the novice stage.
Dickinson went to become British cruiserweight champion later in 2012, losing that crown (and Commonwealth title) to McKenzie inside two rounds in Newcastle last June.