News | May 27 2015

Nick Blackwell aims to surprise everyone after joining trainer Gary Lockett

Blackwell warns Alistair Hendrie that he can't afford to lose again
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NICK BLACKWELL has switched things up by training with Gary Lockett before his British middleweight title chance, against John Ryder, on Matchroom’s scintillating May 30 card at London’s O2 Arena.

The Trowbridge prospect, 16-3-1, had built a strong bond with Mark Kent but felt he had to gamble in order to progress further.

“I thought it was the right time to change,” he said. “Before I felt I wasn’t throwing enough shots so I switched to Gary and he’s started to get this out of me just from taking me on the pads and sparring. I’ve always sparred with his lads and he’s a straight-talking guy. He doesn’t waste his time, and he only trains fighters who he feels can go far.”