LEE Noble hopes to put a dent in the career of the an unbeaten prospect on Saturday.
The Barnsley-born Ingle scrapper, the reigning British Masters Light Middleweight Champion, comes up against unbeaten Erick Ochieng.
The fight takes place on a Frank Maloney bill at Brentwood Centre, Essex.
Ochieng is rated as “one of the most talented crowd pleasing young fighters to emerge on the London scene for few years.”
Unbeaten in five outings, two by way of stoppage, Ochieng has had some decebt victories, his most impressive performance to date was his fourth round stoppage, of Alex Spitko in September.
But Sheffield-based Noble represents a step up in class for him. Noble’s last two fights have been championship bouts, back in November he faced Brian Rose for the vacant English title, which he lost on points. Prior to that he beat Erick’s Ultrachem TKO Gym mate ‘Phat’ Pat McAleese, by a ninth round knockout to lift the British Masters crown. Ringside that night was Ochieng, who earlier in the night had stopped Spitko. Ochieng said: “Lee Noble? Pat’s asked me to do him a favour, so I will take care of business. I’ve watched him fight, so I’m just going to box him, make him eat the jab and then take him out. Everyone will see how good I am. I’m a World Champion in the making.
“He’s a good fighter, a champion, I’m just stepping up the ladder. You’ve got to fight these guys to get to the top. It’s going to be a win if it comes by KO it’s all good but if it goes all the way and it’s by points so it goes” said Ochieng,
Ochieng’s trainer Brian Lawrence added: “Lee’s more far more experienced and more durable than the original opponents. It’s going to be a tougher fight but I still expect Erick to stop him.”