Tyler Denny is fully aware of the dangers his new opponent will present when they clash at the Venue in Dudley next month.
Rowley Regis’ Denny steps through the ropes with replacement William Warburton at the site of the town’s high street on Saturday April 8, writes Craig Birch.
Denny is still protecting his ‘0’ and has set his sights on the vacant Midlands middleweight title, with Tom Stokes the name in the frame as a potential co-challenger.
That leaves little room for error against Warburton, who claimed the scalp of his gym-mate Jason Welborn in May of last year through a shock points victory.
Welborn is now firmly back on track after his stunning points victory over Marcus Morrison, live on Sky Sports, landed him the WBC International Silver middleweight crown last weekend.
Warburton only has 23 victories from his 141 pro bouts but is capable of springing a shock, although Denny is confident on taking that risk.
He was originally paired with Kieron Gray and then Christian Hoskin-Gomez who, along with Simone Lucas, has fought to a draw with Denny.
The 25-year-old, who remains unbeaten after six paid contests, has agreed to take on all comers and won’t take a step back regarding opponents.
He said: “I need to be tested, especially with a Midlands title fight in the pipeline. This is a good match and I’ve had that all through my career.
“At one point, I felt a little bit in limbo with all of the changes, but all I can do is crack on with it now. I’ll need a good performance to beat Warburton.
“I’ve been reluctant to talk to Jason about it, he had a big fight coming up and I didn’t want to put any negative thoughts in his head. Maybe we’ll speak more from here.
“The weight issue was the big reason why he lost to Warburton, because Jason’s welter days are behind him now. It can make such a difference.
“What you box at depends a lot on the opportunities available and I hope mine will come about September time, as I’m on holiday in June.
“Tom is a good fighter, they all will be at Midlands title level. I’ve got problem with taking him on, so let’s hope it gets done.”
Denny and Andrew Robinson take part in six-round contests on the card with Ryan Aston, Kane Baker and debutant Shaun Cooper featuring over four.
Tickets, priced at £35 and £50 ringside with waitress service, are still available by calling Tyler directly on 07557 879 077. Alternatively, contact him on Facebook.