Talk Boxing with fight fans at the KO Boxing Forum.
Ryan Hardy is predicting fireworks when he and Steven Pearce compete for a British Masters Title this weekend.
The Sheffield welterweight takes on his Stourbridge opponent at Walsall Town Hall on Saturday (1st March). Both men are known for their come-forward style and Hardy is expecting a real war when the pair lock horns on EJKO Promotions’ show ‘March Mayhem’.
“This fight guarantees fireworks!” Hardy told www.uko-boxing.com. “That’s why it’s top of the bill and that’s why it’s for a British Masters Title. I can’t see it going ten rounds but if it does; it will be war for ten rounds. It’s the kind of fight you could put on in a phone box.
“I’ve seen a lot of Steven. There's a lot of footage about and that's credit to UKO Boxing PR, who have got his name out there. On the other hand, I’m probably a bit of an unknown quantity to him. That will be to my advantage.
“He will be very strong. At this weight, he looks really strong. He can be hit though and, in all honesty, I think he has a few faults that I can expose.
"When you’re going ten rounds, the punches really tell later in the fight. I can see me doing to him what Sam Eggington did and that’s stopping him late on.
"Fair play to Steven. He could have taken on a journeyman for this title but he’s agreed to step in with me. I’ve only got one defeat on my record and that was to a highly-rated prospect, so I respect him a lot for taking the fight.
“That said, I think I've got enough about me to beat him quite comfortably. I’ll be walking away from Walsall as the new Masters Champion.”
Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are still available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900. The weigh-in for ‘March Mayhem’ takes place at 1pm on Friday (28th February) at The Pitch Sports Bar & Grill, Bridge Street, Walsall, WS1 1JQ.
Pearce versus Hardy tops the bill of a bumper 8-fight card. Also in title action is Walsall’s Luke Paddock who takes on Stoke’s Kevin Hanks for a British Masters Bronze belt.
Walsall’s Midlands Area Cruiserweight Champion, Chris Keane, is also in action for the first time since September as he faces Lithuanian, Igor Borucha.
Halesowen super middleweight prospect, Lennox Clarke, takes on Rotherham debutant, Shaun Law, Dudley light middleweight, Kyle Spencer, is also in action whilst Stoke welterweight, Josh McLaren, faces Tamworth’s Matt Seawright. West Bromwich light middleweight, Tom Stokes, face’s Bognor’s Liam Griffiths and Leicester welterweight, Ryandeep Nandha, debuts against Birmingham’s, Jason Nesbitt.
Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900. Grosvenor G Casino Walsall will be staging a fun casino on the night and the aftershow party takes place at the Pitch Sports Bar and Grill on Bridge Street, Walsall.