Steven Pearce has set his sights firmly on a second stint as Midlands Area Welterweight Champion after being made mandatory challenger for the strap he held back in 2013.
Pearce is due to appear at Walsall Town Hall on 4th July but will be an interested spectator a week later when current champion, Rob Hunt, makes a maiden defence of the Midlands belt against Amir Unsworth.
Neither man holds any fear for Pearce, who has beaten them both in recent times. Pearce stopped Stafford’s Hunt at Walsall Town Hall in November 2013 before doing exactly the same to Unsworth, again in Walsall, as recently as April.
After that victory over Unsworth, fight fans were calling for ‘Pearce vs. Hunt II’ but the champion opted to make a first defence against the Sleaford man instead. Pearce firmly believes that Hunt is dodging him.
“I just don’t think Hunt wants a re-match,” he told www.uko-boxing.com. “When I beat Unsworth, everyone was calling for the fight to be made. He’d won the title and I’d beaten Unsworth, so the natural match-up was me versus him again.
“He’s gone for Amir, perhaps thinking it’s the easier option. He’ll be in for a shock though. I’ve beaten them both but Amir gave me the tougher test.
“To be honest, I don’t care who wins, I just want to get that belt back.”
Pearce held the strap for just two months between March and May 2013. He took a fight with Derby’s Luke Gallear at a few days notice in Burton where he was crowned Midlands Area Champion thanks to a fifth round stoppage. He then took on the then little-known Sam Eggington in Dudley just two months later. It was the toughest of tough first defences against Eggington, who has since gone on to be Commonwealth and WBC International Champion.
“I knew Sam was strong but I didn’t know how good he was back then,” Pearce added. “I don’t think anybody did as he was just a teenager. Fair play though; he’s a great lad and I wish him all the best.
“I was honoured to hold the Midlands belt and I want it again. I’ve beaten both Hunt and Unsworth, so I’m in the driving seat.”
Before that though, the likeable Stourbridge scrapper takes part in a ‘keep busy’ fight at Walsall Town Hall next month. He has been campaigning at light middleweight of late but insists he has no concerns at making the welterweight limit.
“For championship fights when you weigh in the day before; I don’t have any worries. I’m going to tick over now, get my fight out the way and see how Hunt versus Unsworth pans out. I’ll be more than ready for the winner.”
Bloxwich pair Luke Paddock and Dan Breeze are also in action on 4th July alongside Wolverhampton middleweight, Ben Wilkes, Ludlow light middleweight, Craig Morris, and Redditch super middleweight, Carl Dickens, also feature alongside debutants, (Dudley Heavyweight) Martin Gordon and (West Bromwich super featherweight) Jack Summers.
Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900.