Louis Fielding is convinced he will overcome his friend and former stablemate in the quarter-finals on the road to the Midlands Area Super Featherweight title.
The Tamworth fighter takes on Josh Baillie on BCB Promotions’ BCB Midlands Boxing Super Series at Walsall Town Hall, Walsall, on Sunday 15th October.
Fielding is delighted to be in the competition and he feels he can finish it as champion.
“I have had a great camp and I am in great shape and on the weight so I just know that I am going to win this quarter final,” he told bcb-promotions.com. “I am feeling spot on. This is a great competition and I think it will be a great success and plenty of other people will want to get involved after it.
“This competition is very important for my career but I think it can be a big turning point for a lot of the lads that have entered it.
“To go and win a Midlands title and beat three prospects along the way will open so many doors for whoever does end up champion.
“It is a massive thing to be a part of and if I didn’t believe I could win it then I wouldn’t have entered it. I fully believe I can come out of this competition as champion.
“Every lad who has entered will think the same and that will just make for a cracking show.
“It is a risk being in this because there are some quality fighters in it. A lot of fighters are focused on looking after their records but I don’t want to do that in my career.
“I want to have these exciting fights and I don’t want to waste my time just fighting journeymen. I think every fight in this competition could go either way and that makes it intriguing and it will be great for boxing in the Midlands.
“If you don’t take risks then you won’t get the rewards. I will just go out there and box the best that I can and hopefully it will pay off for me.”
The 27-year-old faces his former sparring partner Baillie, who will make his return to the ring for the first time since defeating Manny Zaber last November.
Fielding believes his technical skills will give him the victory and he warned Baillie that he has improved since their old sparring days.
“Josh always comes in fit and he is a strong kid,” Fielding admitted. “He will have worked on some new things since he has been away but I have changed a lot too since he has left.
“He does carry power but I have boxed fighters like him before. Paul Holt was a similar size and I learned my lesson with him. I stood in front of him too much and I won’t fall for that again here.
“I am going to box well and try and keep him out of range. But I know that he will try and get on the inside and counter that.
“I don’t think his power will cause me trouble. I have boxed him for so many rounds in the past and I have never been bothered by his power so if he plans on using that as a way to win then it won’t work.
“I know I can out-box him but I think there will be plenty of twists and turns in it. I will be ready for anything on the night and I can’t wait to get in there now.
“I feel like I am back to myself now. I needed that last fight to blow the cobwebs off and get rid of a bit of ring-rust.
“I boxed well and I was happy with what I did but there is still stuff to work on and I want to improve in this fight.”