Dave Coldwell recently made a statement about delivering for his lightweight charge, Lee Appleyard, and the Sheffield based manager has been good to his word after nailing the Yorkshireman a commonwealth title shot against popular Birkenhead star, Sean Dodd, at the Liverpool Echo Arena on April 22nd exclusively live on Sky Sports.
The show is headlined by Martin Murray v Gabe Rosado and Coldwell is delighted that Appleyard can bring his exciting style to a vast audience.
“This is what he deserves and I’m delighted to land him this shot,” buzzed Coldwell. “He’s someone who’s taken his knocks and rebounded brilliantly every time and done everything that is asked of him.
“It was my goal to get him on a big show this year and land him some sort of a title shot so for him to be heading to Liverpool to take on one of the most well supported fighters in the country then that gives me a huge sense of pride.
“Lee is a good fighter with a brilliant team behind him and he won’t be going into this fight to make up the numbers. Fans are in for an absolute treat with this one and it’s going to be a fight where you can’t blink.”
An equally ecstatic Appleyard added, “I’m looking forward to hearing the crowd that I’ve heard so much about but none of them will be in the ring when the first bell goes. I did an interview a few weeks ago begging for an opportunity like this and now Dave has got me one I couldn’t be more excited and I’m going in there fully focused on doing a job. He’s a fighter I’ve kept a close eye on and I can see so many ways that I can exploit him but for now, I’ve just got to keep working as hard as I have been in the gym and keep my focus.
“It’s only a few weeks away now so it’s a little hard to explain to you how excited I am. I’m not going to let anyone down.”
Appleyard’s gym mate, Andy Townend, inflicted defeat on Dodd back in 2014 and he’ll be seeking information regarding strategy ahead of his own battle with the Wirral man.
“Me and Andy know each other inside out and I’ll definitely be getting as much as i can from him but you need to remember that fight was three years ago and Dodd has improved brilliantly since then. Andy will help me out loads but I’m not banking on his advice.
“I’m getting into that ring on April 22nd and preparing for the best ever version of Sean Dodd.”