Fighting Richar Abril in Liverpool on March 6
When you first lace your gloves up as a 10 or 11-year-old kid in the gym, when you’re watching Rocky films, when you go on a run, you wanna become a world champion. Abril’s the best in the world and I’m in this game to fight the best. But he’s coming to my city in front of my crowd and I think the roof in the Echo Arena is going to come off that night, not just me but the whole lot of us.
If you believe in yourself you can beat anyone who’s out there. Anyone who’s got a few defeats, you only have to look at my record and I’m there, fighting for a world title in my own city. Frank Warren, my team and my trainer all believe in me. I hope the crowd really get behind me and the place can be bouncing, really really noisy.
Two of his defeats
I got beat by Gavin Rees but I boxed the best Gavin Rees available. He got told if he beat me he’d be fighting Adrien Broner for a lot of money and a world title. That give him an extra boost. I got beaten by a world-class fighter and I thought I was winning but I got hit with a daft shot.