Ellesmere Port’s highly rated super-welterweight, Mason Cartwright, has promised his growing army of fans and admirers that exciting times lie ahead as he prepares for a contest on the Robbie Davies jnr v Michal Syrowatka WBA International title clash at the Liverpool Convention Centre on 31 March.
With 12 wins from 13 contests (one draw) in just over three years as a professional, the 25 year old is ranked just outside the top 10 in Britain and is rapidly closing in on title opportunities as he prepares for his next fight – which will also double as the start of a new chapter of his career.
The likeable Cheshire native, a come-forward fighter who brings a large number of vocal fans wherever he appears, also exclusively revealed that he will step down to welterweight this year and believes it is only a matter of time before he competes for the belts he craves.
He said: “Boxing News have me as no. 11 in Britain at light-middle [super-welterweight], but the plan is to move down to welter – where I will be massive – and this should put me in an even better position. The fight on Robbie’s show is the first stage of this and I’m really looking forward to it. Any fight is a good fight for me and I want to be as active as possible.
“Me and Jason [McClory], my manager, are hoping for a title fight in the near future but first I have to get this fight out of the way first, make a statement, win well and then hopefully we can get a big fight and take it from there. I’m really excited and believe 2018 will be my year, starting on 31 March in Liverpool.”
With a non-stop, come forward style that appeals to fans and commentators alike, Cartwright also revealed he has undertook sparring with some of the biggest names in the domestic game as he looks to hone and improve the skills and approach that have garnered so much praise and enabled him to step down a division.
He said: “Training has gone really well. I’m always in the gym, even between fights, and I’m always in shape anyway but the sparring I’ve had with the likes of Jack Catteral and Liam Smith shows the level I’m at and its really helped me improve a lot. Combined with the strength and conditioning work I’ve done at No Limits gym in Liverpool that’s also allowed me to drop a weight but retain my power then it should be an exciting year. I’m ready to take the next step.”
Describing himself as a fighter who can, “mix it up and box more when needed,” Cartwright stressed that the style of boxing that has served him well so far won’t be changing anytime soon.
“I treat every fight the same no matter the opponent, distance or title. I want to win and I want to impress. They are trying to upset my journey but I’m not going to let them. I don’t take a backward step, never quit, and the pressure I apply gets to them in the end. I keep it up and don’t slow down. That’s what got me my wins so far and that’s what I’ll do at the new weight – when I’ll be even stronger. I can do the rounds and I’m coming for the top welters. It’s going to be an exciting ride.”
Grateful to Davies’ manager, and the show’s promoter in association with Keiran Farrell, Neil Marsh, he added: “Neil spoke to Jason about getting me on one of his shows and Jason said yes. We want to be active and I want to thank Neil for getting me on. The more fights I have the better.”
Marsh added: “We are always looking to put on exciting fights with local fighters and Mason fitted the bill perfectly. He’s a top talent, a very respectful kid and we are looking forward to seeing his career develop further on 31 March.”
With a mix of local talent and emerging prospects, the bill also features Liverpool’s Lee Boyce and Brian Phillips, as well as Warrington’s Danny Craven, St Helens’ Rob Beech and Southport’s Jake Barton making his professional debut.
Tickets, priced at £40, £60, £80, £100 and £150 (VIP) – plus booking fee – for Cartwright’s next fight at Liverpool’s BT Convention Centre (The Auditorium) on Saturday 31 March, are available from 0344 8000 400 and the Liverpool Echo Arena website http://www.echoarena.com/whats-on/a-night-of-championship-boxing/ Alternatively they can also be bought from the boxer himself via twitter @masoncartwright.