Ring ace braced for dirty tricks

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PROMISING light-welterweight Jerome Wilson has accused his forthcoming opponent Jay Morris of being a “dirty fighter”.

Wilson, of Arbourthourne, faces Morris in a four-rounder on Dave Coldwell’s Shooting Stars show on Sunday at the Magna Centre, Rotherham.

The 26-year-old, seeking his fifth successive victory since turning professional, expects to be given a stern examination by Morris in the rescheduled event, which was postponed in March because of illness.

“I have seen a lot of Jay’s fights; he likes to mix it up and put the combinations together,” Wilson told The Star. “He is a little bit of a dirty fighter as he tends to rush opponents.

“He tries to use his experience to his advantage by rushing fighters into mistakes. Jay likes to put people under pressure and make them fold.

“As long as I stay level-headed, I will be fine in the fight. Whatever he brings to the ring, I will be ready for it.”

It was Isle of Wight puncher Morris who ended Curtis Woodhouse’s unbeaten run two years ago. But the former footballer turned boxer gained revenge 10 months later by knocking out Morris at Magna.

Wilson admitted: “I will speak to Curtis before the fight and see what he has got to say on Jay. Curtis will offer me some advice; I know he will want me to smash him up!”

Ranked 27 in England, Wilson added: “This is a step up in class for me and I will have to make sure that I am focused and that I raise my game.”