‘Magic’ Matty Clarkson feels “the momentum” building ahead of his English title showdown with ‘Tasty’ Travis Dickinson at Leeds Town Hall on May 17, live on Channel 5.
The Central Area champion, Clarkson, defended his title to meet the newly crowned English champion, Dickinson, in the MaxiNutrition Knockout semi-finals and is “looking forward” to facing the tough Geordie.
“It was a brilliant feeling to defend my title in the quarter-final and one of the highlights of my career so far,” Clarkson said.
“My training has rolled straight from the last fight into this one so it keeps the momentum going – I know I need a performance, I know I need to up my game to get rid of Travis and I’m looking forward to it and showing that I’ve been on this level for a while.”
The 27-year-old Preston man, Clarkson, came through a tricky fight against Sheffield’s Lee Duncan on points in their MaxiNutrition Knockout quarter-final contest just last month and recognises he will be the underdog when he faces Dickinson, who knocked out former European champion Danny McIntosh in three rounds in his respective quarter-final.
“I have a lot of questions to answer, obviously a lot of people are going to write me off based on our last performances, I understand that,” Clarkson said.
“Travis boxed well, he got rid of an ex European champion in Danny McIntosh in three rounds, he didn’t mess about.
“But, I couldn’t care less what anyone else thinks because on the 17th of May I’ll answer all the questions.”
This fantastic night of championship boxing will also see Leeds fighter and newly crowned British light heavyweight champion Bob Ajisafe take on Swanley’s Southern Area champion Leon Senior in the second semi-final to decide who will compete for the first ever MaxiNutrition Knockout title.
The night will also feature a whole host of exciting talent on the undercard including former world heavyweight title contender and Wladimir Klitschko opponent ‘Fast’ Eddie Chambers, Bradford’s former WBC world light welterweight champion Junior Witter, as well as Leeds fighter Damon Jones, Bradford’s Darren Tetley, Hull fighter Samir Mouneimne and Morecambe’s Isaac Lowe.
Tickets for start from £35 and are available to purchase now from the Ticketline box office on 0844 888 9991 or online at www.ticketline.co.uk