Barclay is sure he’s got too much for his debut opponent

Simon Barclay
Simon Barclay

Corby boxer Simon Barclay believes he should have “too much” for opponent Tommy Gifford on his professional debut in London this Saturday.

Barclay faces off against Weston-super-Mare’s Gifford, who has had four professional fights, as part of the Frank Warren’s Power of London show at the Copper Box Arena on the Olympic Park.

The cruiserweight bout will be staged over four three-minute rounds.

And while Barclay, an Amateur Boxing Association champion at his professional weight and heavyweight, knows there will be a few nerves around, he is hoping to get off to a good start.

Barclay said: “I saw him (Gifford) in his last fight, which was a draw.

“He is a decent fighter but I should have too much for him on the night.

“I have to turn up there and do my thing and hopefully get the job done.

“The preparations have gone really well.

“I had a bit of a cold but that has been and gone and was the only thing that held me back over the last few weeks.

“I have taken my foot off the gas during this week and for the next couple of days I will just be chilling out, although I may have the odd run just to keep me moving.

“I have been trying not to think about it (the fight) too much.

“I have moved into a new house recently so I have had lots of other things to think about apart from the fight. It has taken my mind off it.

“It is a great stage to start on. I watched a show in the arena in November and it is one of those venues that is quite big but not too big.

“I am sure I will be a bit nervous on the night but that’s only natural. I can’t wait.”

Barclay, a popular figure in Corby, revealed he has been inundated with support from people in the town.

He added: “The people of Corby have got right behind me again.

“I don’t know how many will be coming down to watch.

“I know tickets can be expensive and times are hard for a lot of people but I hope I can put on a good show for everyone.”