By Jon Sidaway, UKO Boxing
Black Country boxing aces Jason Welborn and Ryan Aston have been helping each other prepare for their upcoming fights.
Welborn takes on Max Maxwell for the vacant British Masters Light Middleweight Title at Walsall Town Hall on Saturday, 7th September whilst middleweight Aston is in action a week later on Friday, 13th September at The Institute in Digbeth, Birmingham.
The pair have enjoyed a number of sparring sessions together in the build-up to their respective fights.
“Sparring has been a real test of preparation for me going into this fight and I have Ryan to thank for that,” Welborn told www.uko-boxing.com. “Sparring Ryan has been a good test for me. He’s highly thought of and he has a huge future in the game.
“He’s a bit heavier than me but I’m holding my own with him and I feel prepared and ready for this fight with Maxwell.”
Welborn made an impressive start to life at light middleweight by convincingly beating Poland’s Tomasz Mazurkiewicz back in June. September’s title match with Maxwell will be the 27 year-old’s first shot at a belt since losing the British Welterweight Title to Frankie Gavin back in January.
That contest was also fought out at Walsall’s Town Hall and the Rowley Regis boxer will be looking to bounce back to winning ways in front of a red hot local crowd on EJKO Promotions’ ‘Boys From The Black Country: The Aftermath’ show.
“It will be nice to get back to the Town Hall and win the title,” he added. “The Frankie Gavin fight has passed me now and I can’t wait to get going on the seventh.
“Everything’s new compared to January. I’m a new weight and I’m a lot stronger both mentally and physically.
“The crowd should be loud and electric and I’ll be looking to do the business at. Hopefully then I can fight for other titles.”
Aston on the other hand goes into It’s-A-Bout-Boxing’s ‘Friday 13th’ bill on the back of an impressive stoppage win over Yorkshire’s Harry Matthews to bag his first belt – a British Masters Title at Super-Middleweight.
The 22-year old is hoping for further title glory in the future but isn’t looking past his next fight.
“I always prepare and take each fight as it comes,” Aston told www.uko-boxing.com. “Hopefully I can be in contention for another title shot in the next twelve months but I can’t think of that too much just yet.
“I need to be on my toes and stay prepared for each fight as and when it comes. I’ve enjoyed a good camp for this fight and it’s been good to work with Jason Welborn.
“I’m feeling confident, I’m on weight and I’m ready for the show at The Institute.”
Tickets to see Welborn, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900.
Tickets to see Aston are £25 General, £50 Ringside and £75 VIP Ringside. They are by calling the Box Office on 0845 467 3930 or 07888 870 650.