Tonight, Birmingham will witness the biggest night of boxing in the city’s history as Kal Yafai headlines the Barclaycard Arena to make his maiden defence of his WBA super-flyweight title.
A total of 12 fights will feature on the card, largely dominated by local fighters which include title challenges for Sam Eggington and Gamal Yafai. There is also a chance for the up and coming fighters to make a statement of intent. One of those being young prospect Aaron Lovell, who couldn’t hide away his excitement of stepping into the ring.
There is also a chance for the up and coming fighters to make a statement of intent. One of those being young prospect Aaron Lovell, who couldn’t hide away his excitement of stepping into the ring.
“I can’t wait, it’s my hometown and Saturday night is going to be amazing. I’ve trained hard, just like all the other lads who are on the bill, I look forward to all my fans, friends and family witness me do the business on the night,” Lovell exclusively told World Boxing News.
“My first fight was eight weeks ago in Solihull so for my second fight to be on a card like this is incredible. I’m very grateful and buzzing to show off what I can do, I’m only going to buzz off the atmosphere Saturday night and will take my opponent (Liam Richards) out.”
The light-welterweight has high ambitions for this year.
“I’m looking to get five fights in for this year as long as I am injury free to fight then I don’t see why not, five fights would be perfect for me. I’m always fit and always hitting the gym – I never fall out of shape in between so I’ll be ready.”
The 21-year-old is promoted by Matthew Macklin of MTK Global and is appreciative of the former Midland favourites effort to get him on such big platforms.
“My promoter is Matthew Macklin and he’s a book full of knowledge he’s been there and done it. He’s providing his end of the bargain by getting me on these shows so I can only thank him for that and it’s now up to me to the business Saturday night and show my skills. MTK is massive, global and I can go anywhere knowing I’m not far from an MTK gym.”
“In two or three years’ time I want to be challenging for the British title, the sky is the limit,” Lovell added.
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95