EXCITING Ludlow welterweight Craig Morris is ready to ‘roll the dice’ and step up to title level in only his seventh professional fight.
The 24-year-old will put his 6-0 record on the line against fellow unbeaten prospect Nathan McIntosh when they clash for the vacant Midlands Area Welterweight title in Stoke on October 1.
Morris knows it is rare for two up-and-comers to gamble their unbeaten record but sees no point in being over-cautious.
Ahead of the fight on Hatton Boxing’s ‘The Beginning’ show at Fenton Manor, Morris told uko-boxing.com: “It’s a good title to be fighting for in my seventh professional bout.
“I’ve told my team I didn’t want be 12 fights into my career having just fought journeymen and getting nowhere. I’ve got to step up at some point so it might as well be sooner rather than later.
“I’m where I want to be at this stage of my career. To be honest, I didn’t think I’d get the shot at this point but the title was vacant so my team put me forward for it.
“I’ve never understood the obsession with protecting the ‘zero’ in the losses column. If you want to get somewhere, you’ve got to step up and take the risk.
“This is a risk for both me and McIntosh. I’m not oblivious to the fact he’s 10-0 and a decent lad. We both know we’re up against it.
“Taking it in my seventh pro fight shows I’m not just in it to hang around. If you get an opportunity, you’ve got to roll the dice.”
The southpaw has been pleased with his camp in the build-up to the fight, which is topped by another Area Title challenge as Nantwich’s Nathan Gorman challenges Sheffield’s David Howe for the Central Area Heavyweight crown.
“Training’s gone well and it’s just about fine-tuning now, really,” he said.
“I owe a lot to my team and my sponsors. I’ve been able to dedicate myself to training because support from people like Mapei, Flowfit, Morris Autos, WM Stewardson, and Shropshire Gas means I can take a bit of time off work to knuckle down and prepare properly.
“It’s a great card to be a part of. I can’t wait to fight on a Ricky Hatton promotion and show people what I’m about.”
‘The Beginning’ is the first in number of upcoming shows to be hosted by Hatton Boxing, the company founded by the two-weight world champion; Hatton Boxing also manufactures premium boxing equipment and trains thousands of fitness professionals each year through its Academy.
The card is headlined by Nathan Gorman’s Central Area title clash with David Howe, while Stoke’s own Kieron McLaren locks horns with Chris Adaway in a British Challenge title encounter.
Also featured are Hatton Promotions’ welterweight prospect Sam ‘Taffy’ Evans, Stafford stalwart Rob Hunt, Ruskington’s Dan Cooper and hometown debutant Owen Jobburn.
Tickets to are priced at £30 for general admission and £60 for ringside and can be purchased at Hattonboxing.com