Zach Parker out to impress Eddie Hearn on Saturday night

UKO Boxing 16/10/2015

Zach Parker is eager to impress this weekend. In only his second professional fight, the Swadlincote middleweight will box on Matchroom Boxing’s Sky Sports televised show at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on Saturday.

It’s a massive step up for Parker, who debuted at The Chase Leisure Centre earlier this year, but one that he is relishing.

“I can’t wait to put on a show,” Parker told www.uko-boxing.com. “To be fighting on such a big bill, at the Barclaycard Arena, in only my second fight is unbelievable. I want to make sure I take the opportunity.

“Eddie Hearn has done a fantastic job and he’s someone I would love to work with.

“If I do well, hopefully he’ll be impressed. That’s the aim.

“He is the man to be with. He has a contract with Sky Sports and gets his fighters big fights.

“It’s given me a big boost to be on this kind of show. I’m still waiting to find out who I’m fighting but that’s boxing. A couple of opponents have pulled out so I’ll just wait to hear. I’m not too fussed about who I face, my main aim is to put on a show and hopefully impress.”

The 21 year-old, who won CYP and Junior ABA titles and Haringey Box Cup Gold, believes his style is more suited to the paid ranks and aims to put on a show on Saturday.

“It’s a massive step up from my debut but this is what I’m in boxing for,” he added. “I had a strong amateur career but my style is suited to the professional game. It’s all about hitting and not getting hit.

“It’s time for me to show everyone – Eddie, my fans, those watching on Sky – what I’m capable of.”

The Matchroom Boxing show is headlined by Sam Eggington’s British and Commonwealth Welterweight Titles defence against Dale Evans. Chief support sees Matt Macklin and Jason Welborn compete for the WBC Internal Light Middleweight Title.

Kal Yafai challenges Jason Cunningham for the British Super Flyweight Title and Kal’s unbeaten younger brother, Gamal, faces the most important fight of his blossoming career in a final eliminator for the Commonwealth Super Bantamweight title against Nasibu Ramadhani.

The Midlands Area title is on the line between Welterweights Rob Hunt and Karl Wiggins, and unbeaten local talents Cori Gibbs, Zach Parker, Dan Breeze, Michael Rooney and Jordan Cooke all taste action.

Unbeaten Halesowen middleweight, Lennox Clarke, has been forced to pull out of his Midlands Area Title clash with current holder, Craig Cunningham. Cunningham will still feature on the card.

Tickets are on sale from the Barclaycard Arena website www.barclaycardarena.co.uk or by calling 0844 338 8000 – with tickets priced £40, £60 and £100. VIP tickets priced at £200 are available exclusively from Matchroom Boxing at www.matchroomboxing.com and on 01277 359900.

Tickets for October 17 are also available from http://www.stubhub.co.uk/matchroom-boxing-tickets/ – StubHub is the official ticket partner and marketplace of Matchroom Boxing.

Parker and Jason Welborn join presenter, Phil Barnett, and trainer, Paul Mann, on UKO Boxing TV, in association with Black Country Boxing, tomorrow (Friday) evening.

The duo will preview Saturday’s show, which will be aired at 9:30pm on Big Centre TV – Freeview Channel 8, Virgin Media Channel 159 and online at www.bigcentre.tv.