It’s a brain game for Corby boxer Barclay

Corby's Simon Barclay is back in action in his hometown on Friday night
Corby's Simon Barclay is back in action in his hometown on Friday night

Simon Barclay reckons his brains will decide tomorrow (Friday) night’s big fight in Corby.

Barclay and Micky Steeds meet in an eliminator for the English cruiserweight championship at the Best Western Hotel.

The 10-round fight tops a bill that also features home-town welterweight Darren Murray, along with Lyon Woodstock and Ben Jones.

In Steeds, Barclay meets a tough, rugged East Ender who’s challenged for British honours at heavyweight and cruiserweight.

Barclay is having just the seventh fight of his promising professional career and the 25-year-old admitted: “I know it’s a massive, massive step up for me.

“He’s probably going to come here thinking he’s going to teach this young lad from Corby a lesson.

“I’m sure he’s going to start fast and I have to keep my wits about me, not get dragged into a fight and look to make the fight as easy as I can for myself.

“I think my boxing brain will win me the fight.

“I’m expecting a tough night’s work, but I know I can do it.

“I’m currently ranked 20th on (leading boxing website) BoxRec and beating Steeds will push me closer to the top 10 and some big title fights.”

There has been talk that, should Barclay impress, he will go on to meet Tony Conquest, the ex-Commonwealth champion.

“I fancy my chances against Conquest,” said Barclay.

“But we will have to assess things after this fight.

“It all depends on how good I look tomorrow night.”

Barclay has looked good in his first year as a professional.

The only fighter who’s taken a round off him in six fights is Plymouth slugger Courtney Richards.

That fight in April topped what was the first professional boxing show in Corby for two decades and was watched by a sell-out crowd.

Barclay hopes for similar support tomorrow night.

“The crowd can really push you on when it gets tough,” he added.

“I had great support last time and I hope everyone gets behind me again.”

Also on the bill tomorrow night, Woodstock, an exciting super-featherweight puncher from Leicester, targets a third straight knock-out win and Crawley crowd-pleaser Ben Jones is also in action.

A couple of years ago, Jones was ranked in the top 10 in the world after capturing the WBO European super-featherweight and now the fighter known as ‘Duracell’ for his non-stop punching is looking for a way back.

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