Ricky Hatton backs Anthony Upton to take title chance next month

Luke Paddock and Anthony Upton will go toe-to-toe for the vacant English Super-Lightweight Title next month.

The 24-year-old stylists will square off on Hatton Promotions’ and Black Country Boxing’s ‘Danger Zone’ event at The Chase Leisure Centre, Cannock on Sunday, 24th July.

This will be Upton’s second crack at the English crown after suffering a points loss in Walsall against Joe Hughes last year. Paddock has held the Midlands Area equivalent and both have tasted defeat just once in their careers (12-1 Upton, 14-1 Paddock).

“Anto proved to everyone that he’s a fighter who belongs in championship class and I believe he’ll grab that title with both hands this time around,” explained Upton’s trainer, Ricky Hatton.

“Some fighters let their head drop after their first loss. Anto didn’t. He begged me to get him another opportunity and I’m very proud of the work that my team has put in to make it happen for him.

“Paddock’s obviously no pushover and has experience in title fights himself so I know we have to get Anto firing on all cylinders in training. Believe me, there’ll be no stone left unturned in getting him ready for this chance.”

“This is a big fight for me,” added Paddock. “Anthony is a good fighter. He likes to use his skills, as do I, so I think it will be a really good, technical fight.

“I’ve had championship fights before and will prepare accordingly.”

The winner will have to make a first defence against Joe Hughes, who has been given the mandatory position for the crown due to him being forced to relinquish in the aftermath of his WBO Intercontinental title defeat to Jack Catterall.

Fellow Ricky Hatton trained fighters, Wednesbury welterweight, Sam Evans, and Market Harborough super welterweight, Reuben Arrowsmith, also feature alongside Birmingham’s English Super Bantamweight Champion, Sean Davis.

Swadlincote super middleweight, Zach Parker, Burton featherweight, Leon Gower, and Newark super middleweight, Chad Sugden, complete the card.

The show takes place at Chase Leisure Centre, Stafford Road, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS11 4AL.

Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available by calling 01543 504 065. The show takes place on Sunday afternoon with doors opening at 12.30pm.