European Super-Lightweight Title challenger Lenny Daws has backed Sutton United to do an FA Cup giant-killing this Sunday when they face Leeds United and has offered his services to the team ahead of the crucial match.
The British fight hero, who hails from nearby Carshalton, faces his own big fight against undefeated Swede Anthony Yigit for the European crown on Saturday 11th February at the Westcroft Leisure Centre, but is throwing full support behind his local team.
Non-league Sutton caused a huge upset when they dumped near neighbours and Premier League hopefuls AFC Wimbledon out of the FA Cup after they were behind and fired back with two late goals to earn a place in the glamorous fourth-round tie.
“Lightning” Lenny is deep in training and sparring with a few weeks’ to go until his showdown against Yigit and said the team are welcome to come to his gym between now and the match.
“Sutton coming from behind against AFC Wimbledon to bin them out of the FA Cup shows that the team have the fighting heart and can rise to the challenge when the chips are down,” Said Daws.
“The team are fighters and just like boxers in a fight, sometimes you’re behind on the scorecards or under fire and you just have to grit your teeth and fire back and get yourself back on top and that’s what these players are like,”
“I’m sure the win against AFC Wimbledon has given the team a tremendous lift and boost in confidence and shown them that they can go on and claim the big scalps in the FA Cup, that’s what the glamour of the tournament is with the underdogs coming through and winning,”
“I like to go into a fight as the underdog because that gives me the fire and hunger to prove everyone wrong and upset the odds and that is what they need to do against Leeds and I believe they will come through the winner again,”
“The manager Paul Doswell and the lads’ are more than welcome to come to my boxing gym with my trainer Ian Burbedge and we’d be delighted to help the team anyway possible with motivational fight talk or boxing training, anything that I can do would be a pleasure to see them win,”
“The one thing I can’t do for them, though, is play on Sunday as I’ve got two left feet when it comes to football, that’s why I’ve always been much better with my hands!”
The European Lightweight Championship between Daws v Yigit headlines an action-packed card that also features Morden super-lightweight Craig Whyatt, unbeaten Wraysbury super-welterweight prospect Tony Bange and Guildford undefeated super-bantamweight talent Thomas Kindon.
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DAWS EYES DOUBLE WITH SUTTON UTD
British fight favourite Lenny Daws is targeting an incredible joint-double with football heroes Sutton United to win the European title and FA Cup.
Daws, was a guest of the club at Gander Green Lane yesterday to watch their amazing FA Cup 4th Round win to knock Championship side Leeds out of the competition with a 1-0 win.
Sensing a huge upset, the Carshalton fighter was so confident of a Sutton victory that he boldly predicted the correct score line in a live interview on radio station TalkSport just before the match.
He celebrated wildly with the fans’ as the whistle blew to end the match and record the non-league club’s greatest ever triumph, that surpasses their last FA Cup giant-killing in 1989 over then top-flight Coventry in the third round.
It was a big inspiration for Daws ahead of his European title challenge on Saturday 11th February at the Carshalton Leisure Centre when he takes on the dangerous and undefeated Swede Anthony Yigit.
This will be Daws’ third shot at the prestigious blue belt and like Sutton he aims to make it a memorable victory on home turf.
“That was an unbelievable win on Sunday and I’m so happy for the players’, the manager and the club and now in years to come I can say ‘I was there’,” Said Daws.
“When you get the big clubs coming down to play against the non-league team everyone assumes it’s going to be a roll over for them, but this is one of the magical FA cup stories of the underdogs biting back,”
“It’s a fantastic success story from our area and shows that you don’t need millions of pound to succeed, you need heart, desire and plenty of hard work and the Sutton team have that in abundance,”
“Now that Sutton have got through to the fifth round of the FA Cup, I’m predicting that they can go all the way and win it. People will say I’m crazy, but who would have thought Leicester would have ever won the Premiership,”
“I’ve got my European title fight in just a couple of weeks’ time and I’m inviting everyone at the club down to watch my fight and give me their support to win that title, it would mean the world to me.”
The European Lightweight Championship between Daws v Yigit headlines an action-packed card that also features Morden super-lightweight Craig Whyatt, Irish Welterweight Champion Peter McDonagh, unbeaten Wraysbury super-welterweight prospect Tony Bange, plus many more.