Undefeated Kevin Satchell is just weeks away from the defining night of his career so far as the flyweight aims to become the first Liverpudlian to win a European title in 25 years.
Satchell, who turned 26 last week, is hoping to emulate Paul ‘Hoko’ Hodkinson’s success against Raymond Armand at Ulster Hall in Belfast back in 1989 and says everything is on track to do just that.
“Preparation for the fight is going perfect,” Satchell told World Boxing News.
“All my training and running is going well and I’ve had loads of southpaw sparring already. I am getting comfortable in there with them now and know it will really help me on fight night.”
The Scouser’s opponent will be the dangerous Valery Yanchy, based out of Spain – but hailing from Belarus, who has been an experienced operator at European level for the past three years.
Yanchy, 37, defeated Andrea Sarritzu on the Italian’s home soil in Lombardia last April to take the title and Satchell is under no illusions of the task he faces to rip the belt away from the veteran.
“I’ve seen bits of Yanchy and he’s an awkward southpaw who is a bit smaller than me,” pointed out Satchell. “I know he is pretty tough and despite his age, I don’t think he is by any means on the decline.
“He only won the title a few months ago, so I don’t think he’ll be ready to give it up any time soon, but I just believe I’m going to be hungrier for the title.”
A prominent member of the Everton Red Triangle Gym on the outskirts of Liverpool City Centre, Satchell has long been touted for big things since making his debut against Delroy Spence in 2010.
Eleven fights later, and having cleaned up domestically, Satchell now stands on the cusp of his greatest achievement – although he won’t be resting on his laurels if the EBU belt is secured next month.
“It is a dream for me to be fighting for this title and try to do what ‘Hoko’ did all those years ago, but it’s no secret that my long term goals as a flyweight are to go all the way and win a world title,” he explained.
“Once I win this European title, it will give me a good world ranking and I plan to defend my title once or twice and earn my shot at the world title.
“I can definitely see myself moving up the weights to super flyweight, bantamweight and possibly even super bantamweight at some point as I believe I have the height to move up the weights as I’m a tall flyweight.”
On whether a massive all Merseyside clash with super-flyweight contender and former bantamweight world title holder Paul Butler can happen, Satchell added: “I always get asked about a possible fight with Paul Butler, so I think that proves in itself its a fight that people want to see eventually and one we both know can be made in the future.
“I am not sure how far down the line a fight with Butler will be, but I think the plan would be to get us at world title level together and build up the fight the same way Quigg and Frampton have and then make it happen.
“I never fought Paul as an amateur as we were always in different weight classes in competitions and squads, but the fight interests me and obviously at lot of other people out there.
“Right now though I want to win the European title and to be the first Liverpudlian in years will make it so much better. I’ve already been spoke about in the same sentences as Paul Hodkinson, which is an honour for me, so to win the title and make history will make it that bit more special,” added Satchell.