Exeter welterweight Faheem Khan expects a fiery atmosphere at the Plymouth Guildhall when he takes on local rival Ross Roberts on Saturday.
The likeable southpaw hopes to make it two wins on the bounce when he travels down the A38 for Western Country Boxing’s ‘Summer Sizzler’ on July 30 at Plymouth Guildhall.
And Khan, who expects to bring well over 100 fans to back him up, is predicting a noisy night.
“There’s a nice big crowd coming from Exeter,” he told uko-boxing.com. “If you look at the football, Exeter and Plymouth seem to hate each other. There’s no real reason, they just do. It’s a local rivalry thing.
“It will be a hell of an atmosphere. I made my pro debut just over three years ago – also in Plymouth – and I took just under 300 fans for that.”
While it may be a local derby, Khan insists the fight with Roberts is by no means a grudge match.
“I’ve never sparred Ross Roberts, but we’ve come across each other,” he explained.
“He’s a nice guy. I’ve got nothing against him. I will always have respect for any person who gets into the ring because not everyone can do it. It’s a dangerous sport. Just look what happened to Nick Blackwell recently.”
Plymouth fighters – Darren Townley, Chris Adaway, Des Newton, and Cristian Hoskin-Gomez, are also in action alongside Guernsey prospect, Tom Duff.
Launceston bantamweight, Marcus Hodgson, and Cornwall cruiserweight, Marcus Kelly, complete the card as they stand by to make their professional debuts.
Tickets for Summer Sizzler are £30 or £50 Ringside and are available by calling: 07958 398 355. Doors open at 6:30pm with boxing commencing at 7:30pm at Plymouth Guildhall, Armada Way, Plymouth, PL1 2AA.