Unbeaten middleweight Troy Williamson is ready to take on all-comers as he looks to establish himself as one of the leading lights of the division.
‘Trojan’ (8-0-1-KO5) rounded off 2018 with a comfortable victory over 50-win Rafael Jackiewicz in Manchester and is determined for 2019 to become his breakthrough year in terms of exposure.
Williamson was held to a controversial draw by former amateur rival Jack Flatley in June but in addition to hunting the big names, the Darlington man is happy to settle that particular score.
Williamson said: “If there was a title opportunity in the pipeline before the Flatley rematch then I’d jump at it and grab it with both hands. If Flatley was offered first, I’d grab that with both hands too. I just want to start climbing the rankings and looking for the titles.
“I’ll be keeping a close eye on the other middleweights on there. In some ways, I’m just a novice but when the time comes, I’ll snap up any kind of title fights as soon as I’m offered them.
“I don’t stop improving. You never stop learning. Once you do, it’s time to get out of the game. I’ve been tightening up my defence and punching in bunches. I’m looking to show how hungry I am on Saturday night.
“My perfect 2019 would be to end it unbeaten with a title to my name. Titles open doors and earn opportunities. I want everybody to know who ‘The Trojan’ is by the end of next year.”
News of Williamson’s next assignment will be coming soon.
Paddy Barnes is ready to return fitter and stronger as he bids to take the first step towards a second world title shot on Saturday.
The popular Belfast star – a two-time Olympic medallist – was defeated by Cristofer Rosales at Windsor Park back in August but is ready to bounce back on the Josh Warrington vs. Carl Frampton card, live on BT Sport.
Barnes (5-1-KO1) said: “I’m really excited to get back in there and get back to winning ways. I want to forget about my last fight and push on to a bigger and better 2019. It’s a massive card.
“I’ve been working on a lot of strength since the Rosales fight. I felt that maybe he was a bit stronger than me so I’ve been working on that more than anything.
“There’s a big Belfast contingent on the card with Frampton fighting for a world title and Michael Conlan also in action, so it’s very, very exciting for us.
“I’m focused on my job and this fight on Saturday falls perfectly for me for Christmas because the last 15 years as an amateur or professional, I’ve always had January and February fights.
“This time, I won’t feel guilty about indulging over the festive period because my fight is so close before Christmas. It’s really the perfect timing for me!
“I hope for maybe two more fights after this and then hopefully I’ll have another shot at a world title. Then I’ll simply take it from there…”
Alongside the return of Barnes and Frampton’s world title shot, the card sees MTK Global team-mates Billy Joe Saunders, Martin Murray, Michael Conlan, Liam Williams, Sam Maxwell and Troy Williamson in action.
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