Liverpool’s Andy Colquhoun knows all about the dangers of stepping in the ring with Dean Mills. Former Commonwealth lightweight champion – and good friend of Colquhoun – David Burke made a 2013 comeback against the Somerset man, only to be knocked out in four vicious rounds.
Colquhoun treads the same path as Burke when he clashes with Mills at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse on March 14, live on VIPBOXING.TV. And with the West Country fighter entering the fight on the back of a first-round KO victory, Andy says he’s expecting a real test.
“I think this will be a good step up for me compared to the opponents I’ve boxed previously,” explained ‘Chico’ who is 12-0, with two KOs. “He can obviously punch and has knocked out a few opponents, including David, so I think it’ll be a tough fight.”
Names on Mills’ 20-fight ledger include good operators like one-time English champ Kirk Goodings, and former British rulers Gary Sykes and Lenny Daws. The 27-year-old has lost half of his contests though and Colquhoun knows he needs to rack up an impressive result.
“I’ve seen him box a few times and he’s good. He’s small and quite fast but if I box tall then it should be an easy fight for me. I want to beat him as easy as I can and hopefully that will lead onto bigger and better things for my career.”
With current Lonsdale Belt holder, Terry Flanagan, likely to relinquish soon to move onto the world scene, promoter Steve Wood can see a potential future clash between Colquhoun and Scott Cardle for the vacant belt. Although, at 17-0, Lytham St Annes’ Cardle is seen as a rising star, Andy wants to test himself against the best.
“If the vacant British title shot comes along I’d grab it with both hands,” said the 23-year-old. “If I win this well and that fight comes off then I’ll be over the moon. I think I’m good enough, but obviously don’t know until I fight someone at that level. You can do what you want in the gym but until you do it in the ring on the night you don’t know where you’re at.”
“Mills is a dangerous fighter who isn’t impressed by reputations,” warned Wood. “He has knockout power and will be very confident coming into this fight because he’s just had a good KO win against another prospect with a winning record. Andy will need to be fully focused but we’re expecting an entertaining fight and a good win for him.”
VIP Promotions present a night of top-class boxing at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse on March 14. Topping the bill will be Wythenshawe’s Jimmy Kelly competing for the WBC Youth light-middleweight belt.
Also appearing will be: Middleton’s Liam Taylor and Alex Rutter; Liverpool’s Andy Colquhoun; Derbyshire’s Jack Massey; Sale’s Sam Hyde; Manchester’s Charlie Schofield; Gorton’s Ryan Doyle; Oldham’s Andy Kremner; New Moston’s Chris Conwell; Failsworth’s Jake Bulger; Accrington’s Artif Ali, and Alex McCoy from Blackpool.
Tickets priced at £30 and £50.00 (ringside) are available from all boxers, online at www.vipboxing.tv, or via credit card by calling01942-874241
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