Jason Welborn takes on Liam Smith on Saturday determined to grab the opportunity of a second shot at a British Title with both fists.
The Midlands Area Champion challenges the current British Light Middleweight Champion at the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester (26th July).
After Dereck Chisora pulled out of the main event against Tyson Fury, Welborn’s showdown with Smith has been catapulted to chief support to Billy Joe Saunders’ clash with Emanuele Blandamura for the Vacant European Middleweight Championship.
It is a massive opportunity for Welborn to prove himself on the big stage.
“I feel great,” Welborn told www.uko-boxing.com. “I just want to get in there now and soak up the atmosphere.
“It was a bit frustrating waiting for confirmation but I kept myself ticking over and, since the fight was confirmed a fortnight ago, I’ve used the time wisely and am in top shape.
“I’ve tweaked my routine a little and hopefully that will pay off. I need to prove that I belong at this level and that’s what I’m aiming to do against Smith on Saturday.”
Welborn took on Frankie Gavin for the Lord Lonsdale belt at welterweight back in January 2103. Losing on that occasion, he believes he is far more equipped to wrestle Smith’s belt from his grasp.
describing Smith as ‘not in Frankie Gavin’s league’ recently, Smith reacted
angrily by vowing ‘to wipe the floor’ with Welborn, who he also described as ‘sh*t’.
Rowley Regis fighter has taken it in his stride however and is looking forward
to an entertaining encounter on Saturday.
think he got the wrong end of the stick and since then he’s said a few silly
things. I said he’s not in Frankie’s league and he isn’t. If he believes he is,
good luck to him. I wasn’t being disrespectful because there aren’t many
fighters about as tricky and skilful as Frankie.
do respect Liam because of what he has achieved and he is the current Champion
so fair play. I think he’s beatable though.
said he’s had certain fights handpicked and then he responded by saying he
picked me because I’m sh*t! I’m ranked fifth in Britain, so we’ll see on
no bad blood, well just get in there and fight on Saturday night. My plan is to
take the belt and turn a few heads on the way. He’ll have other ideas so we’ll
see on Saturday.”
Welborn in search of British honours is stablemate, Martin Gethin. The Walsall
boxer faces Terry Flanagan for the now vacant British Lightweight Championship
after Derry Mathews, who beat Gethin to claim the title in May, was unable to
meet his commitment to face Flanagan due to injury.
that same night in January 2013 that Welborn faced Gavin for the British strap,
Gethin defeated Ben Murphy to be crowned British Lightweight King. Now, with
the pair once again competing for Lonsdale belts on the same show, Welborn is
hopeful that two belts will be travelling down the M6 to Errol Johnson’s
Wednesbury Boxing Academy.
would be amazing if we both won,” he added. “Me and Martin are good friends.
been through this before together and it does help to have someone there with
you who knows exactly what you’re going through.
we can both win and bring the belts back to the gym, it would be perfect.”
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