Danny Ball’s punching power has earned him two stoppage wins in his first four fights – and the Dudley-born 21-year-old is eyeing another explosive performance in his hometown fight on April 7th.
Ball, fresh off a points victory over Chris Jenkinson last month, fights at The Venue in Dudley for the first time on BCB Promotions’ Line Of Fire show.
Super Welterweight Ball has fought 11 rounds bell-to-bell and claimed a stunning KO win in his professional debut against Martin Kabrhel, a bruising right-left combination to the body leaving the experienced Czech pugilist sat in the corner.
That points decision against Jenkinson came on March 3rd – and Ball is relishing the prospect of quick back-to-back fights.
“It’s been about four weeks since the last fight,” said Ball.
“The fitness is still there from the last training camp so we’ve just been working on things that we’ve learned from the last fight.
“We’ve got stuck into some good sparring on doing some good drill work.
“We’ve been working on my distance, not jumping in more. Chris was a tricky fighter – he was a really good journeyman and he helped me out a lot so I know what to work on.
“I’ve got to stick to the gameplan for four rounds.”
Ball is expecting a similar test from James Gorman, his opponent over four rounds in Dudley.
“I’ve not seen much of him just yet but I expect more of the same from him,” Ball added.
“He’s a bit smaller than me at 5’8, so I expect him to try to rush me and get under. It’s about sticking to the gameplan again, sticking behind the jab and try to get another KO on the record.
“Getting the rounds under my belt means I learn a lot, but if I want to be fast-tracked to where I want to be, I need to be knocking these people out.”
And Ball sees himself following the same path as another Super Welterweight if he continues on his impressive current path.
“Short-term, before the year is out, I want to keep busy,” said Ball.
“I want to be on the fringe of fighting for a Midlands Title and step on from there. I’m not looking past this next fight but as long as I keep winning, come the end of the year there is no reason for me to not starting thinking and callingfor a Midlands Title fight.
“Fighting for the Midlands Title opens up a lot of doors – you only have to look at Adam Harper who got to fight for the Commonwealth Title after winning the Midlands.”
And carrying that impressive power, demonstrated in his stoppage wins over Kabrhel and Paul Cummings, will only help Ball on his quest towards gold.
“Before I never felt like I had the punching power,” he said.
“Now, I think, with training and in dedicating myself to boxing with my weight coming down, my punching power is really there and I’m starting to believe in it now.
“I try not to hang about if I know I’ve got the chance to get them out of there.”