Akeem Ennis Brown believes the quality of opposition he has faced so far will be the big difference when he takes on Bilal Rehman next week.
The two undefeated boxers meet in a crunch clash for the IBF European super-lightweight title at the Vale Sports Arena in Cardiff on March 1, live on iFL TV.
Brown (12-0) has already beaten the likes of Glenn Foot, Chris Jenkins and Darragh Foley in his career, and he expects that to play a big part in the outcome of his fight with Rehman.
Brown said: “If you compare what I’ve done in my career so far with what Bilal has done, it speaks for itself. Before the fight was announced I hadn’t really paid much attention to him as I only really focus on the guys in the top ten.
“That’s not to disrespect him, as since it’s been announced I’ve had a look at him and he does have a lot of spark about him. He’s obviously not scared because he’s stood up and said he’ll take this fight. There are a lot of people we offer fights to and they turn it down.
“People will write him off when you compare his record to mine, but I think it says something about him that he’s taking the fight. He’s a 12-0 undefeated fighter like me, and he’s willing to take everything I’ve worked for, so that gets me excited.
“I’m prepared for my hardest fight. That’s not saying he’s the hardest opponent I’ve fought, but that’s the mentality that I bring to all of my fights now.
“It’s all about getting the right fights in 2019. In the past it may have been about just getting as many fights as possible, but that’s because there was no risk before. Now I want to fight the best as my ultimate goal is to get a world title, so it’s about being smart.”
Brown’s fight with Rehman is part of a packed bill live on iFL TV in Cardiff, that also features undefeated Commonwealth flyweight champion Jay Harris taking on Jaba Memishishi.
There is an exciting featherweight clash between Jacob Robinson and Jonny Phillips, with exciting stars like Alex Hughes, Kieran Gething, Maredudd Thomas and Sultan Zaurbek are in action on the undercard.
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