Sonny Upton edging closer to English title chance

Hatton 19/07/2016

SONNY UPTON says he cannot afford to overlook William Warburton in Cannock this Sunday as a slip up could cost him his English title shot.

The super-welterweight is scheduled to face Chadwell Heath’s Ben Hall for the vacant domestic crown on a Frank Warren show in September.

But he knows he can’t be complacent in his warm up with Warburton, especially as the Lancastrian recently upset former British title challenger Jason Welborn.

“The fight is about keeping busy and getting myself ready for Ben Hall, but you can’t overlook anyone in this game,” Upton, 27, said.

“Warburton is a tough veteran and he’s beaten a lot of kids against the odds so it’d be silly for me to go in there thinking I’m going to have an easy fight.

“Warburton knows his way around the ring so I’ve prepared fully, I know what to expect from him, and I’m ready to put on a show.”

With Sonny’s youngest brother, Anthony, fighting for the English super-lightweight crown this weekend and his oldest sibling Pauly already holding the Irish crown, a victory over Hall later this year could mean there are three champions in one household.

“It would be brilliant for us all to have belts,” he said. “Winning titles and trophies is what everyone gets into boxing for and it’d show to people what can achieved when you work hard.

“Us all being champions would also be great for my dad (Tony) and my grandad, who was an Irish amateur champion himself. They’ve supported us through it all so we’d love to give something back to them.”

Sunday’s bill is entitled ‘Danger Zone’ and is headlined by the eagerly anticipated English super-lightweight title clash between Anthony Upton and Luke Paddock.

In addition to Sonny’s fight with Warburton, the show’s undercard also features Reuben Arrowsmith, Sam Evans, English super-bantamweight champion Sean Davis, Swadlincote super-middleweight Zach Parker, Burton’s Leon Gower, Derby debutant Sahib Singh Mann, and former world kickboxing champion Chad Sugden.

The show takes place at Chase Leisure Centre, Stafford Road, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS11 4AL. Doors open at 12.30pm.

Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available by calling 01543 504065.