By James Eley
Cristian Hoskin-Gomez is hoping to trick Tom Duff and treat his home fans by securing the British Challenge Middleweight Title on Western Country Boxing’s ‘Fright Night’ show, at the Plymouth Guildhall, on Saturday 29th October.
The Middleweight has been waiting patiently for a chance at a title and believes he will get the better of unbeaten Duff in his twenty-fifth bout next weekend on a show sponsored by Grosvenor Casino Plymouth.
“I have been wanting this belt for a long time,” he told www.uko-boxing.com. “I haven’t been given the opportunity before but now I have got it I am going to grasp it and make sure I get my hands on the belt in Plymouth.
“I know he is good with his feet but I don’t think he has much power so I think I can get the job done. It will be a good fight and I know it will be a test for me. He will want to keep his unbeaten record so I know he will be game. But I am determined to get the result so it should be a great watch.”
The 21-year old is nearly half the age of the 37-year-old veteran but Hoskin-Gomez was keen not to overlook the fighter from Guernsey as he prepares to fight in his hometown for only the second time.
“I know his age but that could be a disadvantage as well as an advantage,” he added. “At his age you are supposed to have the ‘man strength’ and all that but he has never done more than six rounds I don’t think so we will see if he can last the eight rounds with me.
“I have been put in the deep end in all my fights. I haven’t been going up against journeymen and getting easy fights in so I know I am good enough to get the win. I have now got a strength and conditioning coach who is a former marine and he has been putting me through rigorous training regimes to make sure I am in the best shape possible for this fight. Everything is going well. I have been sparring with a few local
boxers from around here like Jamie Speight so I have been getting some solid rounds in.
“It’s fantastic to be back fighting in my home town again. Coming in the ring to cheers gives you a buzz and it gives you that extra edge to be able to perform on the night. I am hoping to take a load of fans with me and I am desperate to get a win in front of them again. I will be nervous being in front of my fans and that will help me perform and keep me sharp. I don’t want to let them down so I will give everything I have got to get the win.”
Plymouth trio – welterweight, Jack ‘The Ripper’ Bellingham, lightweight pair Des ‘The Destroyer’ Newton and Chris Adaway – all feature on Fright Night at Plymouth Guildhall over the Halloween weekend.
Exeter welterweight, Faheem Khan, and Launceston duo Marcus Hodgson and Wes Smith (debut), complete the card.
Tickets for Fright Night are £30 or £50 Ringside and are available by calling:. Doors open at 6:30pm with boxing commencing at 7:30pm at Plymouth Guildhall, Armada Way, Plymouth, PL1 2AA.
The weigh-in and Aftershow Party (over 18’s only) take place at Grosvenor Casino Plymouth, Derry’s Cross, Plymouth, PL1 2SW (just a two-minute walk from the Guildhall). Grosvenor Casino Plymouth will have a presence at the Town Hall on the evening.
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