Undefeated Stafford boxer, Grant Cunningham, believes his ability to stay cool under pressure will serve him well as he prepare for the biggest fight of his professional career.
The 30 year-old tops Black Country Boxing’s ‘Heir To The Throne’ bill in Cannock next month as he steps down a weight to take on Damon Jones in an English Middleweight Title Eliminator.
Cunningham has won his opening ten encounters whilst Jones is undefeated from 13 pro fights to date. Someone’s ‘0’ will have to go on 28th February and Cunningham believes his methodical manner could be key.
“It takes quite a lot to get me flustered,” he told www.uko-boxing.com. “It takes a lot to get me to do something I haven’t thought about and I like to think about everything I do both in and out of the ring.
“It will be a raucous, frenzied atmosphere. It’s a big show with plenty of ‘top of the bill’ fighters on it. I know I can keep my cool in there and that will serve me well.
“If I’m fit and ready, that’s the most important thing. Damon is a southpaw so I’m working on southpaw sparring and, closer to the time, I will start looking at him and working on a specific game plan. If you look at someone too much though, you start seeing things that aren’t there. I focus on myself first and foremost.
“I have no concerns about the weight. I was 11st 8lb for my last fight. I’m taking my boxing a lot more seriously now. I can see doors opening up for me now.
The show takes place at Chase Leisure Centre, Stafford Road, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS11 4AL.
Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available by calling 01543 504065
Walsall’s Luke Paddock makes a maiden defence of his Midlands Area Light Welterweight Title against Newark’s Fergus Taylor whilst Stafford’s Rob Hunt also goes in search of title honours when he competes for a British Bronze Masters Welterweight Title against Swanwick’s Steve Jevons.
Coventry’s British super featherweight title hopeful, Troy James, is chief support alongside Stourbridge’s former Midlands Area Welterweight Champion, Steven Pearce, and Birmingham super featherweight prospect, Sean ‘Showtime’ Davis.
Stoke lightweight, Andy Keates, and Leeds’ Stevi Mennell are also in action.
Completing the bill is Stoke light welterweight, Josh McLaren, who will be hoping to bounce back from his recent defeat to Paddock when he replaces Chester light welterweight Nathan Clarke.
Ryan Aston no longer features.