By Daniel Mole: Former Midlands Area Welterweight Champion, Steven Pearce, insists he has learnt from defeat and is ready to return to winning ways when he faces Rob Hunt for a British Masters Welterweight Strap next month.
The 28-year old will be entering the ring for the first time since losing the Midlands Area title to Sam Eggington in April when he appears at Walsall Town Hall on Saturday, 16th November.
“After the Eggington fight I needed that little bit of a break to find out what I wanted,” Pearce told www.uko-boxing.com. “I’ve learnt a lot from that loss.
“The fights and training camps were too close together and I put my body through an intense regime which took a lot out of me.
“A lot of people don’t think you’ll come back after defeat but I lost to Glenn Foot in January and came back to win the Midlands Title.
“I answered everyone’s questions then and I believe I’m ready to do that again by winning another title. I’m excited to be back and to have my fan base behind me.”
Pearce’s ring return should have taken place last month but a scheduled six-rounder with Andrew Patterson, who has since retired, was postponed. However, the Stourbridge fighter believes that the preparation for that fight, coupled with the intensive training regime he is currently undertaking, will stand him in good stead ahead of his showdown with Hunt.
“A lot of people say I’ve wasted six weeks training for the Patterson fight but I see plenty of positives from it,” he added. “That fight was called off three-days before it was due to take place, so I’m six-round fit anyway.
“All I’m doing now is building on those six-weeks going into this fight. I’m building myself up to be ten or twelve rounds fit. I feel great and I’ve still got a few weeks to go.”
Pearce and Hunt clash on EJKO Promotions’ ‘Double Trouble 2’. Tickets are priced at £30 and £60 Ringside and are available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900.
Double Trouble 2 also features Cradley’s Chris Male who takes on Coventry’s Troy James in a British Super Featherweight Title Eliminator.
Walsall’s Chris Keane is chief support whilst West Bromwich welterweight prospect, Tom Stokes, takes on the evergreen Danny Donchev and ‘Tipton Slasher’ Lee Glover steps in with Igor Tsujev at super featherweight.
Stafford’s Grant Cunningham is also in action as he takes on the Pocklington Rocket, Harry Matthews.
Stoke lightweight, Andy Keates, features against the vastly experienced Bheki Moyo whilst Halesowen super middleweight Lennox Clarke debuts against Congo-born Didier Blanch. Tipton flyweight, Ainsley Ratcliffe, completes the line-up against an as yet unnamed opponent.
Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900. The aftershow party will take place at The Pitch Sports Bar and Grill, Bridge Street, Walsall.