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Erick Ochieng talks ‘overdue’ British title bout with Liam Smith

Phil Jay 13/05/2013

Unbeaten Matchroom star Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng is close to his shot at the British light-middleweight title after being put forward for the belt previously held in the possesion of Brian Rose by the British Boxing Board of Control.

The Stoke Newington fighter, who boasts a 13-1 record, is due to participate in a contest on the Froch v Kessler II undercard next week, after which, Ochieng is likely to face Liam Smith for the coveted Lonsdale Belt.

Smith, 24, is unbeaten in his fourteen bouts and currently holds the Commonwealth title, which could also be on the line in any future meeting with Ochieng – who is looking forward to any potential clash.

“Liam Smith is a good fighter, and I like to fight good fighters,” Ochieng told World Boxing News.

“The better my opponent is the greater and the better I perform to raise my game. It is great a opportunity to fight for and win the British title, which is as far as I am concerned, overdue.

“I don’t only believe that I will win the British title, I know I will and I am confident as this is my time.”

The 26 year-old’s opponent for next week’s big Sky Box Office event is yet to be determined, but should be announced in the next few days by promoter Eddie Hearn.