Tonight will see some of Britain’s top prospects try to steal the limelight off the two world title fights that top the bill in the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester.
Leading the undercard will be Jimmy ‘Kilrain’ Kelly who fights Martin Fidel Rios over ten rounds for the WBO Inter-Continental super-welterweight title.
Also on the card will be the hugely anticipated super-middleweght contest between Luke Blackledge and Lee Markham. Both men will be looking to make a real statement and that fight could definitely steal the show.
There will also be action for two of Britains hottest prospects; Jack Catterall will face another unbeaten prospect, Jarkko Putkonen for the WBO Inter-Continental super-lightweight title, and Ryan Burnett will face Robert Kanalas for the WBO bantamweight European crown.
Two of Manchesters own, Adrian Gonzalez and Jon Kays will face off for the WBO Inter-Continental lightweight belt.
InstantBoxing.com has caught up with a couple of fighters in anticipation for tonight, and here is what top prospect Jimmy Kelly had to say:
How has training gone for this fight?
Training has gone well. I have done a lot of sparring, a lot of strength work and a lot of the usual stuff. I’m really looking forward to fight night now.
How much do you know about your opponent?
I’ve watched videos of him. I know that he has got a better world rating than myself. He’s quite tall and likes to use his range, he’s quite awkward as well. We have been sparring accordingly and the game plan is in place to get the win.
Another belt to add to your collection, is this the biggest night of your career?
Absolutely it’s a big show. It’ going to be on TV and i’ve got a good slot at 9.30 just before Liam Smith’s world title fight. I know I have topped the bill in smaller venues but I think this is the biggest fight of my career because of the event and the occasion.
Are you looking to stay on big arena shows now, or will we see you back on a couple of small hall shows?
That’s the way things are looking. I have done a deal with Lee Beard and he has done a deal with Queensbury so it’s looking like it will be arena shows and big fights in the future. When I win this belt, I will also be able to defend it on big shows.
How do you see the fight going?
I see it going my way obviously. He’s a good fighter that uses his distance and range really well, but I just think that the fight is going to my way. I can’t see it going any other way. He will be wide open so I can catch him, he has got a lot of experience and could be the biggest test for me so far but I can’t see anybody getting in my way. I’ve trained too hard and I’m too determined.
We also caught up with Jack Catterall at the press conference:
How are you finding training?
I’m enjoying training. It’s good training with Lee. We do different things every day, nothing is ever set in stone. We get away for some training camps in America and I’m very grateful for the opportunities that I’ve got.
Another big bill for you, is this the biggest one you’ve been on yet?
Yes definitely. Two world title fights on the bill so it should be a brilliant night of boxing back in Manchester.
Tonight promises to be a cracking night of boxing, and one not to be missed!
By Luke Madeira, follow Luke on twitter @lukemadeira15