Kevin Satchell talks ‘Winky’ test, EBU and world titles and moving up the weights
British and Commonwealth flyweight belt holder Kevin Satchell makes the first defence of his titles on Februray 23 as the Liverpudlian once again backs up heavyweight David Price on a huge bill in his hometown.
‘Satch’ is riding hiding high on the back of his two career-best performances against Paul and Chris Edwards in the past year, and the 24 year-old now goes into his second outing in succesion at the impressive Echo Arena in confident mood.
“Since I won both belts, loads of stuff has been going through my mind, like what’s next and who I may be put in with,” Satchell told World Boxing News.
“I have been thinking about whether I’ll get the chance to defend my British title three times and win it outright. So much happened all at once in 2012, so now it’s about what level I can be at come the end of 2013. I was also awarded Merseyside Boxer of the Year, which I was made up to get because I was up against a lot of good competition.”
The unbeaten Satchell is now pitted against Luke Wilton on Saturday week and knows that he can’t take his eye off the ball for one second as ‘Winky’ has scored six knockouts in the first three rounds in his last eight bouts.
“I know he’s a strong come forward opponent and he’s got a good record, despite his early losses,” said Satchell. “He has strung a lot of wins and stoppages together recently, plus it’s his first title shot so he’s going to be hungry for it like I was this time last year.
“It’s great being able to fight on these huge bills though against good fighters because it makes things a lot more exciting, and the fact that its packed out full of Scousers there to support Pricey is a bonus, because I get a lot more support when I step in to the ring.
“I am now focused on having the chance to win the Lonsdale Belt outright. It’s a belt I would love to have my hands on for keeps, it’s just whether or not there are the opponents out there to fight me for it. Winning it outright would also mean I’d gain more experience before stepping up to European.
“Having said that I wouldn’t wait round too long or turn down a European title shot as I’ve managed to achieve a lot so quickly, despite people thinking it was too soon and I believe I’d be ready to fight at the next level, even now. Any of the world or European champions would interest me for a fight this year.”
Beginning his career at bantamweight, Satchell has gradually moved down the weights to reign at 112lbs, but does see his future in the higher divisions, once he has cleaned up at the flyweight limit.
“I would definitely want to move up a few weights eventually, I know I could one day even fight at super-bantamweight or featherweight in a few years, but my aim at the minute is to do all I can at flyweight and try and win a world title before I think about moving on,” he added.
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