STAFFORD stalwart Rob Hunt is dreaming of becoming his town’s first ever British champion.
The 30-year-old returns to action against Atherton danger man William Warburton on Hatton Boxing’s ‘The Beginning’ event in Stoke on Saturday night (October 1).
And he’s hoping a top class performance will propel him into title contention.
“I’m at that stage of my career where I want to win something meaningful,” he said. “I’d like to win the Midlands title back and I’d love a shot at the English, but every boxer dreams of winning a British title.
“I don’t know if Stafford has ever had a British champion so it’d be huge if I can get there. I’m not trying to get ahead of myself because I know what it’ll take to get in contention, but if I was offered the change to fight for it I’d take it in a heartbeat.”
Hunt, who combines his training with working as a builder, was flying up the rankings in 2015 following victories over Amir Unsworth and Sullivan Mason. However, one punch meant the wheels came off in his clash with Karl Wiggins last October.
“It’s one of those things,” he said. “My career seemed to be really taking off and Wiggins caught me with a shot and that was that.
“I was gutted to have lost the Midlands belt, but that’s boxing. I can’t dwell on it, I just need to dust myself down and get on with putting my career back on the right track.
“I think this fight with Warburton has come at the right time for me. I’ve only fought once this year and he’s the sort of test I need.
“He’s a lot better than his record and he’s not one to be taken lightly. I know he’s not going to make the numbers up. He’s going to come and have a go, which is what I like because it brings the best out of me.”
‘The Beginning’ is the first in number of upcoming shows to be hosted by Hatton Boxing, the company founded by the two-weight world champion; Hatton Boxing also manufactures premium boxing equipment and trains thousands of fitness professionals each year through its Academy.
The card also features three title tussles as Nathan Gorman faces David Howe for the Central Area heavyweight crown, unbeaten welterweights Craig Morris and Nathan McIntosh clash for the Midlands Area crown, and Stoke’s own Kieron McLaren locks horns with Chris Adaway in a British Challenge title encounter.
Also featured are Hatton Promotions’ welterweight prospect Sam ‘Taffy’ Evans, flame-haired Irishman Chris Blaney, Ruskington’s Dan Cooper and hometown debutant Owen Jobburn.
Tickets to are priced at £30 for general admission and £60 for ringside and can be purchased HattonBoxing.com