Wild Card sparring prepares Adam Little for Blackpool outing

Gary Shaw 03/12/2015

Blackpool welterweight, Adam Little, believes recent sparring sessions in the USA, as well as his broadening international experience, will see him improve as a fighter ahead of his next contest later this month.

Unbeaten in 14 fights, the 24-year old defends his English title for the first time at Blackpool’s Hilton Hotel on 12 December and he says he can’t wait to put the skills he learnt following an intense week of sparring in the famous Wild Card Gym in California into action.

Little, who unanimously outpointed tough Frenchman, Sylvain Chapelle, in Monte Carlo in his last contest in October, said: “My coach, Alan Levene, arranged a couple of week’s sparring in America for me and it went really well. We first went to the Wild Card where we met Freddie Roach and he gave us a few tips. I sparred some top lads there and we saw the likes of Adrian Broner and Dennis Lebedev training as well as former world champion Frankie Liles and the UFC fighter George St Pierre. We also saw Miguel Cotto, who was preparing for his fight with [Saul] Alvarez. We then went to the Top Rank Gym in Vegas where we did some more sparring and trained alongside Nonito Donaire. It was good to see how some of the biggest names in the sport prepare and train. It rubs off on you and if I can add even a little of what I learnt over there into my own fights then it will only make me even better.”

Following his recent win in Monaco, Little added that he also hopes to gain more international experience in future: “It was a big show in Monte Carlo and the build up and publicity for it was also great for me. They’re the type of shows all fighters hope to be involved with and I’m no different. It was a good learning experience.”

Levene said: “Every fighter will tell you that, apart from the hard training that all boxers need, quality of sparring is vitally important if you want to develop. Adam is improving and learning with every fight and we thought it would be great for him if we gave him world class sparring in the States. To see the fighters we saw in action wasn’t only a real privilege, in practical terms for Adam’s development it was also a real boost. Added to the work we’ve done in the UK with WBC Mediterranean champion, Nicolas Gonzalez, who is also highly rated, it means that we can’t wait for the next fight to put everything together.”

Ranked in the top 10 in the country, it can only be a matter of time before Little competes for bigger domestic honours. Topping a five fight dinner show promoted by Carl Greaves and Neil Marsh, the Kirkham-born fighter meets Stourbridge’s Steven Pearce at the Hilton Hotel in Blackpool on Saturday 12 December. Also appearing will be Liverpool’s Robbie Davies jnr., Irishman Philip Sutcliffe jnr., Tommy McCarthy and Little’s fellow Kirkham fighter, heavyweight Bill Hodgson who makes his professional debut.