Unbeaten super-lightweight Kieron McLaren is homing in on his first professional titles in 2016 as he looks to end the year on a high.
The Stoke youngster seeks to improve his record to 6-0 on Saturday when he meets Liam Richards on Black Country Boxing’s ‘Jingle Brawls’ show at Walsall Town Hall.
And McLaren has two ambitions for the year ahead – to fight even more regularly and pick up his first belts.
“It’ll be my third fight this year but I want to be out as many times as I can,” the 22-year-old told uko-boxing.com.
“We’ve spoken about next year and the idea is to be busy in 2016.
“It would be nice to have a title by this time next year, even if it’s a small one to get in the bag before pushing on to something bigger.”
McLaren is not losing any sleep over the fact he has yet to stop an opponent.
“I’m not too fussed about knockouts,” he said. “It’s one of those things and if it comes it comes. If you go looking for knockouts too much you can get put on your backside yourself. So if it happens, it happens. I’m not going to force it.
“Last year was about the changeover from amateur to professional but now we work on different things like power, technique and creating openings. Knockouts will come when they come.”
Anthony Upton – one third of the Upton Clan – challenges champion, Joe Hughes, for the English Super Lightweight Title at the top of the bill. The fight is also a British Title Eliminator.
Fellow Ricky Hatton trained prospects, Wednesbury welterweight, Sam Evans, and Market Harborough welterweight, Reuben Arrowsmith, are also back in action.
West Bromwich duo – light middleweight, Tom Stokes, and super featherweight, Jack Summers – and unbeaten duo – Birmingham middleweight, Luke Walker, and Ludlow light middleweight, Craig Morris, complete the card.
Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900. The aftershow party and weigh-in will take place at Makoto Bar, Bridge Street, Walsall.