By James Eley
Akeem Ennis-Brown is hoping his next fight on ‘There’s a Storm Coming’ in Tewkesbury on July 23rd will be the one that will allow the Gloucestershire fighter to step up to the next level writes James Eley.
The unbeaten super lightweight has five wins under his belt and he has been taking inspiration from Lee Selby by training at the current IBF Featherweight Champion’s gym ahead of his appearance o Western Country Boxing’s July show.
“Everything is going good and I am feeling in great shape right now,” he told www.uko-boxing.com. “I have got a few weeks to go from now and I feel on top of my game.
“I was in good fitness coming out my last camp so I am just keeping that up. I have been going up to Saint Joseph’s in Wales which is where Lee Selby trains and sparring up with those guys and that has been top notch and it has put me in a good place ready for my fight.
“I think I have had a decent start to my career. We have took it at a good pace and not rushed into anything. I have been learning the game and building slowly but I want to step it up after this fight. I want to start looking for some bigger fights and start making a proper name for myself.”
The 20-year-old is looking forward to fighting close to his home town. Ennis-Brown, who goes by the nickname ‘Riiddy’, has fought in Gloucestershire twice before and he is adamant that the sport will soon take over the area.
“I don’t know a lot about the Tewkesbury venue, I just know it is an Errol Johnson promotion show and he always does good shows so I am looking forward to it. It is only a twenty minute drive from where I live so I am hoping to get a lot of family and fans there. It puts a bit of pressure on me fighting at home but I enjoy that and I thrive under the pressure. I know I will have a lot of fans watching me and it will be fantastic if I can put on a good performance for them and get the result.
“Boxing is definitely on the rise in Gloucestershire. Coming from a rugby town usually all you ever hear about is rugby or football. I think we are putting boxing on the map here right now and whether it is professional or amateur people are now talking about it. A lot of gyms are opening around here, give it five years and this will be a boxing town.”
Tewskbury middleweight, Adam Harper ,top the ‘There’s A Storm Coming’ bill which also features unbeaten Old Hill lightweight, Manny Zaber, and Gloucester lightweight, Andy Harris.
Tickets, priced at £50 VIP and £30 unreserved standard, are available by calling 07772 466 790.