Stafford’s Rob Hunt admits he has already achieved his main boxing goal by being crowned Midlands Area Champion.
The 29 year-old was crowned Midlands King at welterweight back in April with a career-best performance against Sullivan Mason. The Stafford pugilist out-pointed his opponent to lift the strap and fulfill a lifelong dream in his 26th professional fight.
“I told myself when I turned pro that a Midlands title was my goal, so I’m made up to have achieved that,” he said. “It’s a prestigious bona-fide British Boxing Board of Control belt and I’m honoured to be a holder. Winning in my last fight was the biggest achievement of my career to date. It was massive.”
Hunt makes a maiden defence of his strap when he takes on Sleaford’s Amir Unsworth at the Chase Leisure Centre, Cannock, on Saturday, 11th July.
Hunt is expecting a tough test against the Carl Greaves trained operator but has warned Unsworth that he’s not ready to relinquish the belt which took him nine years to get his hands on.
“I’m looking forward to defending my title in Cannock on a home show. Amir Unsworth is a tough guy.
“He’s a come-forward, aggressive fighter who will come for the tear up. He’s shorter than me, so I know how to box that type of opponent.
“He will be coming to win, which is how it should be, but I’ll be ready for whatever he brings. I’m holding on to this title.”
Debutant, Zach Parker, is chief support. After a glittering amateur career, which saw him win two national titles, the Swadlincote scrapper turns over at middleweight.
Tipton featherweight, Lee Glover, features alongside Halesowen’s exciting middleweight, Lennox Clarke. Wolverhampton duo Joshua Burke and Sid Bowater are also in action whilst Dudley’s Ryan Aston has been added to the line-up as he looks bounce back from his points loss to Jason Jason Welborn for the Midlands light middleweight title last weekend.
Birmingham featherweight, Sean Davis, Stoke light welterweight, Kieron McLaren, and Iran-born lightweight, Alex Dilmaghani, complete the card.
The show takes place at Chase Leisure Centre, Stafford Road, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS11 4AL.
Tickets, priced at £30 and £50 Ringside, are available by calling The Chase Box Office on 01543 504 065.