Chris Truman (9-4-1) is ready to prove himself as a contender now he is fighting at what he believes is his optimum weight.
The Erdington-born boxer has stepped up to welterweright from light welterweight and faces Sean Lewis (4-1) for a Bronze International Masters title over 8 rounds on It’s-A-Bout-Boxing’s ‘Friday 13th’ Show tomorrow evening in Birmingham.
Truman and Lewis weighed-in at the Ramada Hotel, Oldbury earlier today. Lewis weighed-in at 10 st 5 lb 12 oz whilst Truman weighed-in, initially, at 10 st 7lb 3oz before a second weigh-in weight of 10 st 7lb.
“I’m ready for this,” Truman told www.uko-boxing.com. “I know I’m not the tallest (5’ 5”) but I feel comfortable at this weight. I always eat clean and I was still struggling to make weight at light welter. I’m a fitness fanatic and never carry any weight, so when I had to lose weight to make light welter, I would struggle and lose muscle mass. I’m a stocky lad and welterweight is where I se myself fighting.
“I’ve trained very hard for this one. I’ve sparred with British Welterweight Champion, Frankie Gavin, and he said some really nice things about me. That’s given me confidence that I can make an impact at this weight.
“I don’t know too much about Sean Lewis. He’s only had five fights and lost one, so he’ll be a bit of an unknown quantity. That said, I’m feeling sharp. I’ve had a good camp and, thanks to my sponsors MVM Promotions and MacHughes Scaffolding, I’ve had the last two weeks off work. I did my last bit of pad work on Monday and have relaxed the last few days, so I’ll be full of energy for the fight.”
Lewis meanwhile has other ideas and is ready to give Truman a baptism of fire at welterweight. The 24 year-old Scouser believes he will be too strong for his opponent and is convinced he will be lifting the International Masters strap in only his sixth professional fight.
“I’ve had a great camp,” he told www.uko-boxing.com. “I’ve had about six weeks training and it’s gone well. I’m really looking forward to the fight. I enjoy fighting out of my hometown. It’s great to be on the road and stepping in for titles.
“Truman is a decent fighter but I think I’ll have the edge on him. This is the first rung on the ladder for me.”
The rest of It’s-A-Bout-Boxing’s ‘Friday 13th’ Bill is as follows:
Welsh light-middleweight, Warren Sinden, who wowed the packed Birmingham crowd last time out with a convincing points victory over previously unbeaten Disney Huni, is also in action. ‘Big Rig’ takes on tough southpaw Rick Boulter over 4 x 3’s.
Dudley’s Ryan Aston, fresh from his British Masters Super Middleweight Title victory, steps in with Czech Josef Obeslo over 6 x 3’s.
Worcester’s Michael ‘Mad Man’ Mooney takes on Amadur Rahman at light welterweight whilst Chelmsley Wood’s Ainsley Seivwright faces off against Harvey Hemsley at super featherweight.
Unbeaten super middleweight, Andrew ‘D’Animal’ Robinson will be looking to make it 8 in a row. The Brummie boxer takes on Graham Tirrell over 6 x 3’s
Coventry’s unbeaten heavyweight, Mike O’Hagan, young prospect Samson ‘Slick’ Sykes and youngster Mikey Boyles also feature on what is sure to be a fiendishly good night of boxing. O’Hagan’s opponent is yet to be confirmed whilst Sykes takes on Czech Miroslav Prochazka at bantamweight and Boyles takes on experienced Keiron Gray at light middleweight.
R&B, grime and hip hop star DJ Ironik, will be performing throughout the evening and in between bouts. The critically acclaimed DJ will be spinning a host of tracks including his UK top 10 hits; ‘Stay With Me’, ‘Tiny Dancer (Hold Me Closer)’ and ‘I Got Soul’. If that wasn’t enough, renowned Glamour and Lingerie mode, Natalie Law, will be trying her hand at Mc’ing as It’s-A-Bout-Boxing build on their growing reputation as innovators not imitators in the world of pro boxing.
A host of celebrities including TOWIE’s Nicola Goodger, Ricky and Jay from Geordie Shore, Jethro Sheeran, the X-Factor’s Chris Maloney, Big Brother’s Thomas O’Connell and Alex Rose Lee will all be in attendance along with Big Joe Egan and Vas Blackwood – the new faces of It’s-A-Bout-Boxing.
Tickets are just £25 General, £50 Ringside and £75 VIP Ringside. They are by calling the Box Office on 0845 467 3930 or 07888 870 650.
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