Jason Welborn has earned a second shot at a British Title.
The Rowley Regis fighter is set to challenge British Light Middleweight Champion, Liam Smith, at the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester on Saturday, 26th July.
Welborn and Smith will compete on the undercard of Dereck Chisora versus Tyson Fury for the European and Vacant British Heavyweight title. That fight is also a Final Eliminator for the WBO World title.
It’s a second bite at the Lonsdale cherry for 28 year-old Welborn, who was unsuccessful in his attempt to wrestle the British Welterweight Title from Frankie Gavin back in January 2013. Having since stepped up to light middleweight, he is determined to make the most of his opportunity and fulfil a lifelong ambition.
“I’m over the moon,” Welborn told www.uko-boxing.com. “I’ve been ticking over and biding my time, hoping for this opportunity.
“I was scheduled to fight Kris Carslaw in another Eliminator in September so I’ve been making sure I’m in good shape.
“I got the call last week and, although it’s short notice, it’s a massive chance for me. It’s a second bite at the cherry.
“I know I can achieve a British Title. All the years I’ve been boxing, not just these few weeks leading up to the fight, I’ve always said that I have a British Title in me.
“Ever since I put a pair of boxing gloves on, all that hard work; it boils down to the night.”
Welborn will make an appearance at Walsall Town Hall tomorrow (Friday, 11th July) at EJKO Promotions’ ‘The Heat Is On’ show, which is headlined by Lee Glover versus Andy Harris for the British Masters Super Featherweight Title. He has been in impressive form since competing at a higher weight. He convincingly beat Poland’s Tomasz Mazurkiewicz last June and followed this up with a British Masters victory over Max Maxwell in September and a Midlands Area Title victory over Terry Carruthers in December. The victory over Carruthers, a ninth round stoppage, was also a British Eliminator, paving the way for a shot at the Lord Lonsdale belt. Keeping himself ticking over, the Rowley Regis fighter defeated tough Bulgarian, Stanislav Nenkov in May as he waited for the opportunity he had been seeking.
Smith, nicknamed ‘Beefy’, is undefeated in the pro ranks with 16 wins and 1 draw, which came against Carruthers. He made history last year by ensuring the Smiths became the first trio of brothers ever to hold Lonsdale belts simultaneously.
He recorded a unanimous decision over Erik Ochieng to claim the light middleweight strap following on from Paul’s stoppage of Tony Dodson for the British Super Middleweight Title and Stephen’s stunning KO victory over previous Champion, Gary Buckland, for the British Super Featherweight Title.
Smith has since successfully defended his crown, recording a fourth round stoppage victory over Mark Thompson back in December. He was due to defend his title against Nav Mansouri in Manchester but a back injury ruled out his opponent, paving the way for Welborn.
“I feel for Mansouri but that’s boxing,” he added. “I know all about Liam Smith.
“I’ve sparred him before and I’m confident. With respect, he’s no Frankie Gavin. I knew when I faced Frankie that the odds were stacked in his favour. He’s a quality boxer with slick movement. He’s up there with the best in the World.
“Liam Smith has had his opponents hand-picked and won the title that way. He drew with Terry Carruthers who I stopped in December. He’s not in Frankie’s league. It’s at a higher weight but, since I’ve stepped up, I’ve felt comfortable and strong.
“I’ve worked my up to this and it’s my time to bring that belt back to the Black Country.”
It’s a stacked card in Manchester with Billy Joe Saunders challenging Emanuele Blandamura for the Vacant European Middleweight Championship; Terry Flanagan versus Martin Gethin, a stablemate of Welborn at Errol Johnson’s Wednesbury Boxing Academy, for the Vacant British Lightweight Champion; Liam Walsh defending his Commonwealth Super-Featherweight Championship; Jack Catterall versus Nathan Brough for the Vacant Central Area Light-Welterweight Championship; plus an action-packed undercard featuring the best young talent.
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