Sammy Cantwell is looking to close in on his British title dream.
Cantwell hopes victory on Mickey Helliet’s show at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Saturday, May 4 will lead to a shot at Southern Area super-flyweight champion Ricky Little.
That fight could happen in June and Cantwell said: “If I win the Southern Area and then get the English I won’t be far away from the British title.
“That could happen within 18 months.
“That’s the dream and has been ever since I turned pro.”
That was back in 2013 and Cantwell has only had nine fights so far.
“It’s been slow,” admitted the 31 year-old southpaw. “I thought I would have been further along by now, but I’ve had a few injuries – and bad ones. I haven’t been picking up niggles.”
The latest injury has kept Cantwell out of the ring since last September.
“I tore a muscle underneath my Achilles,” he said, “and I had to wear a boot for weeks.
“I didn’t really get the chance to rest it. I take boxercise classes at the gym and it kept flaring up and putting me back.”
Cantwell is now looking to push on. “I’m looking to step up this year,” he said. “The Board have made the Southern Area title fight, my dad (former British flyweight champion Mickey) is preparing me. We are taking this six rounder and are hoping to find an opponent who’s similar in style to Ricky Little. I know I have to win this fight.”
The vacant English title is up for grabs in Northampton next month when Nathan Reeve and Craig Derbyshire clash in a rematch and provided Cantwell wins the South Area title, he wants to then go for the St George’s belt.
But he accepts the top domestic fighters at 8st 3lbs are some way beyond him.
“Sunny Edwards and Jay Harris are talented lads,” he said. “They are a step or two above me at the moment. They are quality fighters, but I’m focussing on the Southern Area for now and then I’ll move on to whoever holds the titles I want.”
Cantwell says he gets motivation from 18-month old daughter Darcy and he’s set to become a father again in August.
“I think becoming a dad either makes you soft or drives you,” he said.
“I feel I’ve got more motivation now.”