Barclay to fight for national title

Simon Barclay will fight for his first professional title next month

Simon Barclay will fight for his first professional title next month

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Simon Barclay will fight for his first professional title next month.

The Corby cruiserweight will take on Matty Askin for the English Championship at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on Saturday, March 12.

He gets his chance as Askin’s original opponent Lawrence Bennet was forced to withdraw.

Barclay, who is unbeaten so far in his eight-fight career, said: “I’m feeling really confident.

“I wouldn’t have taken the fight if I wasn’t fit and in shape and I fully believe I have what it takes to get the win.

“It’s a big step up but facing tougher opponents will bring out the best in me,

“It’s a huge show and it’s a real privilege to be part of it.

“There’s some serious talent on the card with the likes of Flanagan, Rigondeaux and Tete and I’m looking forward to showing people what I’m capable of.

“It’s the first title I’ll be going for and it’s a big one so I’ll be giving it my all to get my hands on it.”

Askin, however, says he is unfazed by the change of opponent and fully expects to win.

He added: “I think he’s a better opponent.

“He has a decent winning record and he’s unbeaten so it should make for a more entertaining fight.

“Saying that, his style won’t trouble me.

“He’s a stand up boxer which is a good thing for me and I think our styles will gel on the night,

“I’ve watched him box before and I can see myself winning by a stoppage.

“I punch too hard and I apply too much pressure which he won’t be able to handle. I don’t think he has anything to keep me off him and I think he knows that himself.”

The fight will be exclusively live on BoxNation.