Black Country prospect Ryan Aston will now meet Harry Matthews in the top-of-the-bill fight at Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Saturday night. Matthews steps in at a couple of days’ notice to box for the vacant British Masters middleweight championship – and will be determined to claim the belt after failing in five previous title bids.
‘The Pocklington Rocket’ is perhaps best known for extending Chris Eubank jnr the six-round distance last May – and also lost a savage scrap with Nick Blackwell for the vacant English strap.
Aston has also suffered big-fight heartbreak.
He was bombed out inside two rounds by Curtis Valentine when they clashed for the vacant Midlands Area belt last July – and says he’s a different fighter now.
As an amateur, Aston won four national titles, was part of the Great Britain Development squad and the 22 year-old southpaw said: “Boxing is what got me places in the amateurs and I have gone back to that.
“I’m not just looking for the KO punch all the time.
“I’ve had lots of good sparring and I’m feeling sharp.”
Aston has rebuilt since that setback with a technical draw against Ingles’ danger man Tyan Booth and back-to-back points wins over Kirill Psonko and Gilson DeJesus.
The domestic middleweight ratings is packed with talent. At the top are Martin Murray, Matthew Macklin and Darren Barker and Aston is among the division’s rising stars.
He said: “It’s great that there are so many good middleweights out there. If you get to the top you have earned it. There are a lot of big fights out there for me.”
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