It’s my biggest fight in the pro ranks against my best opponent. Craig Cunningham, he’s a real good fighter. His record’s 16-1 but really he’s unbeaten, his one fight he lost to Tom Doran in Prizefighter. It’s a three round fight so you can’t really read too much into it. I actually thought he won all three rounds, definitely the last two but he got put over in round one which cost him the fight.
He’s awkward, he’s cagey so I’m going to have to bring my A-game and bring my best to beat him and that’s what I’m been working hard in the gym every day to do.
Your injuries have been well documented but are you finally 100%?
Hand on heart, the best I’ve felt since the Commonwealth Games in 2010.
All the things I’ve been through the last five, six years, the one thing I’ve got to contend with is a blister on my foot.
I think this is going to be the first time genuinely I’m going to go to the ring, feeling 100% and people can now start to rate me, if I’m good or not. I’ve been putting in substandard performances, to my own opinion, because I’ve been so injured in training.
I’ve got a long way to go I know that but just give the world a glimpse of how good I can potentially be one day.
Do you think you’ll fight again this year?
The plan, obviously, it’s very much one step at a time, I don’t want to look too far ahead but the plan is fight Cunningham for the WBC International belt. That’s the thing I’m looking forward to the most. I’ve been boxing for a long time, I’ve worked very, very hard, had to overcome quite a bit of adversity and I’ve won medals and honours and accolades in my life but I’ve never won a belt. I’ve never ever won a belt. I’ll even box for a belt from Topman, I don’t care. So to box for a real live belt, a green belt, I’m over the moon about that.
The plan is in December to box in Norwich. My first fight in East Anglia, Norwich for almost 10 years, give my family and friends a long awaited homecoming.
The opponent is yet to be confirmed because I’ve got to win this fight first. But we’re looking at Elliot Matthews in an eliminator for the British title. But that’s not going to happen if I don’t beat Cunningham. That’s what I’m fully focused on doing.
This Cunningham geezer, I think it’s going to be a bit of a seek and destroy mission because he’s a backfoot fighter, he’s quite negative. I’ll have to go looking for him and draw him into a fight. It will catch fire but it might take a few rounds to get my way in there. Whereas Matthews, he’s going to come and have a right go I think. So I think it’ll be a really good fight for the fans, a really good fight for Norwich and the crowd who comes out to watch it.
Are you looking at Tommy Langford for the British title?
The fight was offered to me [Langford will fight Sam Sheedy for the vacant title]. I took the fight and didn’t hear back from them.
They offered the fight, offered me quite a derisory sum to take it. I think they thought I was going to say no but I took it because I wanted to become British champion.
But we didn’t hear back from them. The Langford camp went quiet and the next thing we know he’s announced he’s fighting Sam Sheedy, which is a bit of a cop out in my opinion. I would have liked to have fought for a British title in October but if takes me an extra four or five months before I win it then it’s four or five months I can get some experience in fighting guys like Cunningham.