There are high hopes for Andy Colquhoun in Merseyside boxing-circles. The unbeaten light-welterweight has looked a class act getting to 13-0, but the apprenticeship is now over with the Liverpudlian set to face former double-British champion David Barnes on July 25.
The pair headline at the Liverpool Olympia, in a show that can be watched live and free on vipboxing.tv, with a shot at the Lonsdale Belt next in the diary for whoever comes out on top in this official eliminator.
Barnes, a previous British champion at both welterweight and light-welterweight, has lost just three times in a 33–fight career that began in 2001. Aged 34, the Mancunian has fought only once since a 2013 loss to recent world title challenger Frankie Gavin and will know this is a golden – and probably last – opportunity to establish himself on the domestic scene.
For the first time in his career ‘Chico’ Colquhoun won’t be the favourite in the lead up to a contest, but the 24-year-old promises that having his ‘back against the wall’ is just the motivation he needs.
“He’s good and he’s obviously hard to hit, he hasn’t taken many shots over the years. I’ve heard people saying I’m going to get beat so I’m an underdog, and that’s what I want and need. The last few fights have just been routine and I haven’t boxed great because I’ve had no pressure. Now I’m under pressure and training really hard.
“This is by far my toughest fight; I’m hoping I’ll rise to it and we’ll know the day after whether I do! I just believe in myself, and the training that I’ve been doing. I’ve left no stone unturned and I’m confident about every single round.
“It’s going to be a great fight because I really want to put on a performance. If I don’t beat David Barnes then I’m obviously not ready for where I want to be, and if he loses then it could be his last fight. So we’re both in a place where we need to win. If he’s coming the way that I’m coming to fight then it’s going to be great to watch for the fans.”
“This is a great opportunity for Andy,” explained Steve Wood from VIP Promotions. “It’s obviously a very tough fight but he’s been ready to move on for a while. If he can get the win over Barnes then it’s a great scalp and with the British title currently vacant the field is wide open for the winner.
“The Olympia is always a great atmosphere, but we’re expecting the roof to be lifted off for this show. We have nine fights on the card and it’s a great value for money show, there are still some tickets left and it would be lovely to have a full house supporting these local fighters.”
VIP Promotions present Liverpool’s Andy Colquhoun versus Manchester’s David Barnes in a British light-welterweight title eliminator at Liverpool’s Olympia on July 25.
Also appearing will be Dewsbury’s Gary Sykes; Liverpool’s John Quigley, Joe Tonks, Paul Peers and Steve Brogan; Birkenhead’s Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd; St Helens’ Lee Hynes; and Oswaldtwistle’s Adam Machaj.
Tickets priced at £30 (general) and £50 (ringside) are available from all boxers, or at vipboxing.tv and Eventim.co.uk. The show will also be streamed live and free at vipboxing.tv