Sweeney to rematch Lane in bareknuckle blockbuster this weekend

Ringside 23/03/2018

The title of best bareknuckle boxer on the planet is on the line at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on Saturday.

Jimmy Sweeney topped the pound-for-pound lists – until he ran into Julian Lane last year.

The American headed back across the pond with Sweeney’s world middleweight championship belt after a majority points decision.

They meet again this weekend, with Lane predicting a KO in their grudge match.

“The first fight was only close because of a point deduction,” said the 30 year old from Ohio.

“I got two knockdowns and won every round besides maybe the second round. I will finish Sweeney this time.

“I know he really doesn’t want to fight me again, but it’s gotta be done.”

Sweeney answered that he will be a very different fighter in this weekend’s five-round battle.

The Irishman had been just about untouchable in 17 fights before he faced Lane and says he’s stepped up his training ahead of the rematch.

“I know I can’t go on the piss, then get in there and jab people’s heads off anymore,” said Sweeney.

“The level has gone up and I have to put the work in. Talent alone isn’t going to win me fights anymore.

“I’m a different fighter now. Julian is saying he will knock me out, but he couldn’t knock me out when I was shit and there’s no way he will knock me out when I’m at my best.

“He’s not beating me, I will knock him spark out.”

The show also features the BKB debut of former English light-heavyweight boxing champion Travis Dickinson and tickets are available from http://www.echoarena.com/whats-on/bkb-10/

Pay per view is available on www.channelfighttickets.com