Carl Greaves admits he’s gambling with his heavyweight hope in Nottingham on Saturday night.
The Midlands’ man-about-boxing has steered Sam Bowen to British honours – and has similar hopes for Ellis Machin.
The 27 year old from Huthwaite made a statement on his pro debut by walloping Jone Volau inside two rounds, then outpointed Phil Williams and next, he meets Josh Sandland over six rounds at the Britannia Hotel.
Sandland is a tough man from Chris Aston’s gym in Yorkshire who has burst bubbles before.
He’s beaten a couple of unbeaten hopes and Greaves said: “I just hope I haven’t made a mistake !
“But I’m sure I haven’t.
“I’ve got faith in Ellis. I didn’t really want him to fight Volau on his debut – and he ended up stopping him – and he gets top sparring.
“He gets around the gyms sparring people like Tyson Fury, Dillian Whyte and Nathan Gorman. These are all good quality lads who are a long way ahead of Ellis in their careers, but I keep hearing that everywhere he goes, he gives a good account of himself.
“If Ellis can get in and spar them, he shouldn’t be fazed by fighting Josh.”
Greaves says Machin may only need a couple more wins before he goes for the Midlands Area championship.
Mark Bennett, from Worksop, has called for the fight on social media and Greaves said: “Ellis fancies that.
“I think he probably needs two more fights and then we can look at making that happen, either at Mansfield Civic Hall or the Festival Hall in Kirkby.”
The show on Saturday night also features unbeaten Brad Daws and the professional debut of Newark’s Tom Cowling.