South Yorkshire’s Liam Cameron is plotting to become Commonwealth champion by beating Lancashire’s Luke Blackledge, in his own back yard.
A Roses battle is set for April 4 at the King George’s Hall, Blackburn. If he wins, he will bring more kudos back to Sheffield - the Manor Park super middleweight will follow in the footsteps of Ross Burkinshaw, who has the same belt at bantamweight.
Cameron’s trainer Chris Smedley said: “Blackledge is higher ranked than Liam and is the same age and identical stoppage record and very similar all round record, but he never boxed amateur and we know he can be knocked out as Rocky Fielding KO’d him in the first round.
“Liam’s losses have been down to weight issues. Twelve stone is a weight which he still has to work hard to get to but he feels so strong at the weight and his three fights at that weight show in his performances a convincing win over Wayne Reed a stoppage over Philip Kotey (Blackledge beat Kotey on pts) then a very good performance against Tobias Webb even though he broke his hand the first round, (now fully recovered.)
“Liam is going into Luke’s backyard for the most important fight of his career. I have watched Blackledge a few times and he looks good at what he does, but that’s because his opponents have lacked that bit of quality and allowed him to dictate.
“Liam has that quality to stop Luke doing his good things and his jab will be the key to winning this fight and winning it well.
“Liam has been in training for three weeks already and is well on schedule,he knows what this fight means and I can see it in how he is pushing himself in training, he’s wanting to even come in on his day off, Steve Barnes has been doing rounds and rounds with him on the pads and next week his sparring starts, and when the time arrives he will be ready for 12 solid rounds, he will be driven on by an army of support travelling to Blackburn.
“Winning this fight would put him in right in the mix with all the big names at super middle.”
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