Simon Barclay will fight Matty Askin for the BBBofC English Cruiserweight Title on March 12th at the Liverpool Echo Arena on the undercard card of Terry Flanagan and Derry Matthews’ world title battle.
Barclay, 26, will fill in with just two weeks notice as Lawrence Bennett was recently forced to pull out of the fight. The Corby man known as ‘Sparkly Barclay’ is undefeated in his first 8 bouts as a professional with the one victory by knockout. Despite the inexperience and the short notice, it was still an opportunity he couldn’t refuse.
“Yeah it was quite an easy decision. I had a break over Christmas and since New Year I’ve been in the gym training hard and I’ve also had a lot of sparring over the past few weeks so I’m in good shape, feeling really fit and strong.” Barclay said.
Barclay will be the challenger for the English Title holder Matty Askin. Askin, 27, has been a professional since 2008 and has accumulated 19 victories to date, 12 of those victories by knockout. The fighter residing in Blackpool has also suffered defeat 3 times but to good opposition in Jon-Lewis Dickinson, Ovill Mckenzie and the current WBO Cruiserweight Champion, Krzysztof Glowacki.
Barclay goes into the fight as a big underdog, but he still has high hopes of causing the upset and pinching the title off Askin.
“I’m very confident. Although I’m nowhere near as experienced as Askin, I’ve been in with some of the best in sparring and gained experience that way. I’ve also had a couple of step ups this last year and shown what I can do when I am tested at a higher level.”
Simon will now join fellow Longshots Sports fighters Lyon Woodstock Jr and Tommy Langford on a busy show on March 12th which will be supported by pound-for-pound star Guillermo Rigondeaux vs Jazza Dickens and headlined by Derry Mathews world title bid against Terry Flanagan.
“It’s great for all of us to be on such a great show.” Barclay said. “I think Lyon will carry on his impressive start to his pro career with another win while Tommy has more of a test. But I’ve seen [Lewis] Taylor before and see Tommy winning the fight comfortably by either late stoppage or wide points decision.”
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