More than 4,000 fans are expected at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena on Saturday, July 14 when Meikle renews his rivalry with former British cruiserweight champion Shane McPhilbin.
The pair shared a ring twice when they were amateurs and meet again in a fight promoted by Inspire Championship Boxing.
“I’ve fought on a Ricky Burns world-title undercard and at Wembley Arena,” said Meikle, “and this is up there with the biggest shows I’ve fought on.
“There’s going to be a big crowd there – and plenty of pride at stake.
“I am friends with Shane and I was there cheering him on when he won the British title.
“But we’re going to forget out friendship for a few minutes.
“I think Shane wants to knock me out to prove a point. He wants to prove to people that he’s good enough to get the British title back.”
Meikle fought British champions, contenders and prospects throughout his 71-fight professional career – and now he’s picking up paydays on the unlicensed circuit.
“The Board took my license off me after I was sent to prison,” said the 38 year old from Scunthorpe, “but I’m still fighting every week.
“I’ve fought some decent lads and picked up a few wins here and there.
“There’s a bit more pride at stake when I fight Shane. I won’t be doing the journeyman thing. We are mates – but I want to win.”
Meikle has yet to beat McPhilbin.
Their first amateur fight ended after McPhilbin was cut by a stray elbow and the return went the Nottingham fighter’s way on the narrowest of points decisions.
The build up to their third fight is proving to be lively !
“Shane’s mates are giving me stick on social media,” said Meikle, “and I’m giving plenty back !
“We’re selling a few tickets. There should be a good atmosphere on the night.”
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