Elliott Matthews predicts another war
Elliott Matthews predicts another war when he defends his Southern Area middleweight title in front of the TV cameras on Friday night.
‘Boxing News’ rated his title-winning effort against Gary Boulden as one of the best fights they saw in 2013 – and fight fans across Europe will watch his defence against Diego Burton at the Camden Centre.
Eurosport’s cameras will be beaming the fight into homes in 109 countries – and the Watford southpaw reckons the clash will get fans out of their seats.
“I’ve got a reputation for having exciting fights and I always put everything into every fight,” he said.
“I’ve been watching Diego and he’s the same.
“He’s game, comes forward and takes a good shot.
“He’s done well to get where he’s got, but he’s not going any further.
“I know he’s going to put everything into this, but he hasn’t got what I’ve got.
“We can’t all be champions. He’s not winning the Southern Area title, that’s for sure.
“This is my chance to make a name for myself and show everyone that I’m a real contender.
“It’s a big occasion and I’m sure I can handle it.
“If I keep winning and keep learning I could get another title fight by the end of the year. I will definitely get my chances, it’s just a matter of then they come along.”
Burton has similar ambitions and has quit the kitchen to cook up a title-winning performance for the TV cameras.
To prepare for the big fight, the 27 year-old from Peckham has taken a break from his job baking cakes.
He works for family business Lucky Lips Bakery and said: “I’m always in the kitchen getting my hands dirty.
“Business is good.
“Once people taste my cakes, they usually come back for more !
“But I’ve had to take a break to train for this fight. I’ve been training like a mad man !”
Burton is being trained by James Cook MBE – and the Peckham fight guru is a former holder of the Southern Area middleweight title.
Cook captured the vacant belt with a nine-round stoppage of Tony Jenkins at the Royal Albert Hall back in June, 1984 – and went on to win British and European super-middleweight honours.
Also on the show are Irish super-middleweight champion JJ McDonagh and unbeatens Sam Cantwell, Tony Milch, Darryll Williams and Ben Day.
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