Liverpool’s Kevin Satchell is hoping that 2016 will bring a change of fortune after what has been a disastrous year for the flyweight.
The 27-year old has only fought once this year, back in March and has consequently been stripped of his British, European and Commonwealth belts.
“The year has been terrible for me. At first, I had a bad knee injury that stopped one fight from happening and then after that everything just went further downhill,” Satchell exclusively told World Boxing News.
“Things happened that led to me getting stripped of my European title and everything was difficult to get back on track. I pretty much had mandatory challengers for all three of my belts, but then it was a circle of having to vacate to fight for one, then stripped of another – It was all really confusing.”
‘Satch’ has now signed with MGM and is confident his best years can still be ahead of him.
“I’ve carried on training and running since my injury in March and feel as ready as ever to get fighting again. I’m hopefully past all the trouble now and can move on. I’m now signed to MGM – who are producing a lot of champions – so I’m hoping I can be one of them,” he said.
“I’m still quite young and a lot of people have told me that you don’t peak until you are 27, 28 so if that’s true I’ve still got best years to come. I’m hungry to get back in there and prove a point.”
While Satchell has seemingly been out of the boxing ring, talented amateurs Andrew Selby and Charlie Edwards have both turned professional and the Liverpudlian would be happy to face them if they eventually cross paths.
He said: “I would happily fight Selby and Edwards, but I don’t know what their plans are. I personally want to focus on getting a WBO or IBF inter-continental fight as an eliminator for a world title shot later in the summer. If they are put in front of me I will fight them, doesn’t really bother me who I fight.
“I’m looking to get out in February or March and would love to get on the Derry Mathews card- that date would work out well for me and give me a nice full training camp.”
Matt Horan is a lead writer for WBN. Follow on Twitter @mhoran123