PROMISING Sheffield puncher Liam Cameron says the birth of his first child has given him extra motivation to succeed in the sport.
It was nine days ago India Cameron was born, weighing in at six pounds and three ounces.
Since then, life has been a blur of training, sleepless nights and dirty nappies for Cameron, who tackles Erick Ochieng at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre this weekend.
The 20-year-old middleweight is edging closer to an English title shot, having won his first nine fights since turning professional two and a half years ago.
But, far from being fatigued by the last fortnight, Cameron insists the birth of his child has focused his mind on the job in hand.
Cameron told The Star: “It was an unbelievable experience. I am now just desperate to do well for myself and my family. Having India is going to spur me on.
“Now when I am training and I am tired, I think about her and she gives me so much energy. The other morning I did my run and usually I am shattered, but I went straight onto the back field and did my sprints.
“I think it is different fighting when you have a kid, when you have to dig in, I will think about India and that will help me through those tough moments.”
Following his stunning first-round knockout success over Jason Ball last month, much is expected of Cameron in front of his home supporters but the youngster is confident he can extend his winning sequence against Ochieng, whose record reads one defeat from seven outings.
“He (Erick) is a massive puncher,” he admitted. “In the ABAs, he was knocking everyone out. It is up to me to try and knock him out of his rhythm. If he wants to win he is going to have to knock me out; there is no way he will be able to out box me.
“It doesn’t bother me that it is going to be a tough fight, I know I have done my training and all the hard work.
“I know I am ready for the test and this is the right time for me to be getting in the ring with better opponents to show I am improving.”