Craig Cunningham is confident of a repeat result when he steps in with fellow unbeaten prospect, Marcus Le Doux, at the Holiday Inn, Birmingham on Thursday evening.
The Birmingham middleweight (6-0) defeated his Stoke-based opponent (2-0) as an amateur and believes a similar outcome is on the cards when the pair go toe-to-toe, this time in the paid ranks.
“I beat him as an amateur and I’m confident of beating him as a pro,” Cunningham told www.uko-boxing.com. “I was very raw as an amateur and, under the guidance of Jon Pegg and a number of other coaches, I’ve improved massively since turning professional.
“Le Doux’s been spouting off on various social networking sites saying he’s going to do this and that to me. I can’t see it.
“I remember him from the amateurs and I’ve seen his two pro fights on Coldwell TV. I think I’ve got the style and guile to beat him, just like I did in the amateurs.”
It’s been a good year for Cunningham. Thursday’s clash with Le Doux will be his fourth of 2013 and he is determined to sign off the year by maintaining his unbeaten start to life in the paid ranks.
The 25 year-old has impressed in his victories over Simon Jenkinson, Gilson De Jesus (TKO) and Duane Green this year but has set his sights on a busier, belt-winning 2014.
“I’ve done well this year but I want to be more active next year,” he added.
“I’ve been on a couple of shows that have fallen through, which hasn’t helped.
“Next year I want to really kick on.
“I know I’ve only had six professional fights but I feel I’m improving at such a rate that I want to be challenging for belts – Area Titles – in the New Year.
“2014 is going to be good for me.”
The main event of Thursday’s Boxing Dinner Show, promoted by EJKO Promotions in association with Birmingham Boxing, sees Terry Carruthers take on Jason Welborn in a British Eliminator and Midlands Area Light Middleweight Title Fight.
Cunningham has known Welborn since his days as an amateur whilst Carruthers is a stablemate, fighting out of Jon Pegg’s Birmingham Gym. Like many boxing fans, Cunningham thinks the main event is too close to call. However, he is expecting fireworks.
“It’s going to be a great fight. I’ve known Jason a long time and I’m really close with Terry. I wouldn’t want to call this one but, like everybody else, I’m really looking forward to it. They’re both explosive fighters, so it will be a great battle.
“It’s a great show to be a part of.”
As well as Carruthers versus Welborn and Cunningham versus Le Doux, Halesowen Super Middleweight prospect, Lennox Clarke, takes on Jody Meikle and Birmingham’s Michael Rooney, steps in with ever-green Kristian Laight.
Dinner Show tickets for ‘Who Dares Wins’ have sold out. A limited number of £30 unreserved standard seating are still available. Call 07540 990 166 or 07450 458 293. Doors open at 6.30pm with dinner served at 7.00pm. Boxing commences at 9.00pm.
The weigh-in for Who Dares Wins takes place at 1.00pm tomorrow (Wednesday) at Wednesbury Boxing Academy, Wharfdale Street, Wednesbury, WS10 9AG. Terry Carruthers and Jason Welborn will be present.