Tom Stokes can’t wait for his first fight of 2014 when he appears on the undercard of EJKO Promotions’ March Mayhem at Walsall Town Hall on Saturday, 1st March.
The youngster has made a solid start to life as a professional boxer, recording a hat-trick of victories in his debut year. The West-Bromwich light middleweight defeated Bheki Moyo, Matt Seawright, Danny Donchev in 2013 and next up is Bognor Regis’ Liam Griffiths.
Stokes is confident of recording a fourth straight victory.
“Training is going well,” he told www.uko-boxing.com. “I’ve had a decent camp and have had some great sparring recently. I’ve done a lot of rounds with (super middleweight) Lennox Clarke, who is also fighting on the bill.
“Len is a big, powerful lad who is a lot heavier than me. I’ve handled his shots well though and have been working on my movement.
“I’ve seen a bit of Griffiths on the internet. He seems like a bit of a ‘runner’ so I’ll have to hunt him down. I’ve already been in with a couple of experienced, awkward fighters, so I’ve got my game plan.”
The former Wednesbury ABC and Wodensborough ABC fighter has been relatively pleased with the start he has made in the paid ranks but is looking to push on in the coming months.
At just 19, Stokes has time on his side but he is hoping to step up to six rounds in the near future and box for a title by the end of the year.
“I think I’m ready to step it up now,” he added. “I train hard and life the life so I’ve got no problem with moving up to six rounds. I’d like a shot at a title soon too, a Masters, just to start building my name and getting some momentum.”
Stokes versus Griffith is one of ten fights at Walsall Town Hall next month.
‘March Mayhem’ is headlined by a British Masters Title fight and an International Bronze Masters showdown. Stourbridge’s International Masters Welterweight Champion, Steven Pearce, takes on Sheffield’s Ryan Hardy whilst Walsall’s Luke Paddock goes in search of Bronze Masters honours when he steps in with Stoke’s Kevin Hanks at light welterweight.
Dudley light middleweight, Kyle Spencer, takes on Exeter’s Faheem Khan whilst Halesowen super middleweight prospect, Lennox Clarke, faces Croydon’s Joe Walsh.
Wolverhampton super featherweight, Des Bowater, is in action whilst Stoke welterweight, Josh McLaren, faces Tamworth’s Matt Seawright.
Leicester welterweight, Ryandeep Nandha, steps in with Birmingham’s, Jason Nesbitt and Coventry’s Midlands Area Super Featherweight Champion, Troy James, completes the line-up. James Montgomery and Ollie Lambert no longer feature.
Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900. Grosvenor G Casino Walsall will be staging a fun casino on the night and the aftershow party takes place at the Pitch Sports Bar and Grill on Bridge Street, Walsall.