Elliott Matthews has been picking Billy-Joe Saunders’ brains in the countdown to his big title fight.
Matthews and Gary Boulden clash for the vacant Southern Area middleweight title on Mickey Helliet’s ‘Too Fast, Too Furious’ show at the Camden Centre on Friday night.
Boulden held the title before losing it to Saunders – and the British and Commonwealth champion has given Matthews valuable insight before the top-of-the-bill fight.
“Billy-Joe has given me some tips,” said the Watford southpaw. “I know Boulden is fit, fast and throws a lot of shots.
“He will fancy the job and it’s going to be a challenge for me. I have to go out there and dominate.”
Matthews says sparring Saunders can help him fulfil his British-title ambitions.
“Billy-Joe is a terrific fighter and I need to be sparring the best fighters in the country because I want to know how far away I am from boxing at that level,” he said.
“The British title is what I really want and it will come eventually if I work harder than everyone else does and don’t lose focus.
“When you make mistakes in this game, you lose and it hurts. It hurts when you win as well come to think of it.”
Ben Day has had the best training possible in the countdown to his fight on the show.
Earlier this month, the Euston-based lightweight headed to Las Vegas to train with the Mayweathers and his gym mates included three-weight world champion Adrien Broner.
Wayne Alwan-Arab has also been training with the stars.
He headed to Freddie Roach’s gym in los Angeles after winning the International Masters belt with a razor-thin points win over Ambrosi Sutidze in March and promises an improved performance at the Camden Centre.
Also on the bill, ‘Champagne’ Charlie Rice steps back into the spotlight after an impressive showing in ‘Prizefighter’ in July.
Ex-world champions Jim Watt and Glenn McCrory were both impressed with his showing at the York Hall and Rice pops down the road from his Islington home to continue his exciting career.
Bradley Watson, Guernsey’s only professional boxer, has British and Commonwealth flyweight champion Kevin Satchell in his sights and aims to close in on his target with a seventh straight win.
Craig Whyatt, Warren Fenn and Tony Milch are also in action and the show features the professional debut of Dempsey Fury, cousin of heavyweight contenders Tyson and Hughie, in a super-middleweight bout.