Walsall’s Luke Paddock believes his championship experience will give him the edge over rival Joshua McLaren when the pair clash for the vacant Midlands Area Light Welterweight Title next month.
The Bloxwich boxer recently claimed the International Masters light welterweight title at the Wolverhampton Civic with a points victory over Lithuanian Simas Volosinas , adding to the British Bronze Masters title he collected earlier this year .
Paddock and McLaren are both undefeated. The Walsall man has won his opening eight contests whilst Stoke’s McLaren is undefeated in six outings. However, ‘Cool Hand’ Luke believes that his eight and ten round experience will prove to be the difference when the pair meet on Saturday, 6th December at the Queens Theatre, Burslem.
“I’ve been waiting for this title shot since I’ve turned pro,” explained the 22 year-old. “This is a fantastic opportunity and one I have got to take. It should be a good little tear-up because McLaren has had a similar number of fights to me. It should be a good tussle.
“I’ve had a few good tests and each fighter I’ve faced has been a step up in level – it hasn’t just been eight journeymen.
“I had my first ten-rounder at the Civic recently and to be honest before the fight I was worried I wasn’t going to be fit enough to last but I absolutely breezed it.
“I don’t think McLaren has done a 10-rounder so hopefully that will stand me in good stead. I’ve also taken part in a couple of eight rounders and, although one of those ended earlier, I’ve got a few more rounds under my belt than McLaren who has only experienced four round fights up until this point.
“Let the best man win on December 6 – and I’m confident that man will be me.”
Paddock, who will be showing off his belts at hometown football club Walsall FC tomorrow afternoon, has agreed to step into McLaren’s backyard for this fight. The pair will lock horns in Burslem, a suburb of Stoke. Paddock insists though that he isn’t fazed by the challenge of fighting on his opponent’s turf to fight for the belt vacated by Birmingham’s Calum Cooper, who announced his retirement after initially being slated to take on Paddock last month.
“I will fight anyone anywhere,” he added. “I won’t duck or dive anyone. Home advantage can always play a part but I’m not going to give him the chance to hit me with the sort of shot that can make the crowd erupt and affect the judges.
“I am more than confident I will beat him. Being in his backyard is only going to spur me on even more.”
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‘Christmas Cracker’ also features Stafford’s British Bronze Masters Super Middleweight Champion, Grant Cunningham, against Dudley’s Jamie ‘Danger’ Gelder whilst Stoke’s Kieran McLaren steps in with Tamworth’s Matt Seawright at light welterweight.
Chester light welterweight, Nathan Clarke, faces Plymouth debutant Jamie Ingleby and Stoke lightweight, Kevin Hanks, features against Swindon’s Dean Evans.
Wolverhampton super featherweight, Des Bowater, and Stoke lightweight, Andy Keates, complete the card at Queens Theatre, Burslem, on Saturday, 6th December.
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