Reigning British, Commonwealth and European flyweight champion Kevin Satchell has his eyes firmly fixed on World title glory in 2015.
Satchell 13-0 (2KO’s) returns to action on the undercard of Frank Warren’s ‘Mersey Boys’, which includes Paul Butler’s chance to become a two weight World champion when he faces current IBF super flyweight champion Zolani Tete.
The unbeaten Liverpudlian – ranked no. 8 by the IBF – speaking to FKSports believes he is closing in on his dream opportunity and hopes to prove he is ready for World level on 6th March.
“I’m hoping in my next fight I will be ready, but I won’t know until then to be honest. If I’m poor my trainer will probably tell me I need a couple more fights. We will get a gauge after this fight, then my trainers will decide.” He said.
“But, I think I am ready and will definitely be looking for a World title in 2015.” Satchell added.
The 26-year-old – who has been sparring with super flyweight hot prospect Kal Yafai – is realistic when it comes to discussing where that fight would have to be held.
He operates in a division dominated by the Central American and East Asian fighters and is unfazed by the fact that he may have to travel for his opportunity.
“Of course I would travel, at the end of the day it’s just a ring in a different place. Nothing changes. It wouldn’t bother me, I would travel without a doubt.” He confirmed.
Current IBF champion Amnat Ruenroeng fights Chinese sensation Zou Shiming on 7th March, in a fight of interest to Satchell, given his exulted ranking. However, he is keen to point out that looking ahead is not is style, preferring to focus 100% on his next assignment.
Satchell deals with the here and now, focusing his energy on reality rather than concerning himself with possibility.
This step-by-step mindset is present with all the fighters (Inc. James ‘Jazza’ Dickens, Ryan Farrag and Courtney Fry) within the Everton Red Triangle boxing gym, which is buzzing under the calm and committed tutelage of Paul and Mick Stevenson.
It’s the Stevenson’s – who have looked after him since he first stepped foot in the gym 14 years ago – that Satchell credits for the calm influence in the gym that allows the fighters to focus on their next test and improve without heavy expectation.
“They are always calm, which makes us calm. We get calm and simple instructions in the gym and the corner that you’re able to follow and carry out.” He said.
“All the fighters in the gym will tell you, we can’t wait to get back to the corner after the first round. Because you know you’ll be getting information that will help you win the fight. We all want to hear what Paul and Mick have got to say.” He added.
Kevin Satchell has obviously been listening in what has been a steep learning curve for a young fighter who has contested 6 legitimate title fights in his first 13 contests, of which he has won every one.
Things won’t get any easier for Satchell as he moves up to World level, but he wouldn’t have it any other way. When the time comes, he will be calm, focused and above all ready to achieve his dream.