KYLE Whitham has missed Sheffield derbies this season, so is hoping to come out on top in his very own against Billy Boyle.
The Mosborough light-heavyweight faces Stannington’s Boyle on Dennis Hobson’s show at the Don Valley Stadium on Saturday.
‘Hit ‘em Whitham, 25, is a big Blade and whilst he’s looking forward to United facing Wednesday again next season, all his attentions are on what he knows will be his toughest fight to date against a fighter nine years his senior.
He told The Star: “Billy Boyle is a big step at this point in my career. He’s shared the same ring as Nathan Cleverly who is challenging for a world title next month. He’s mixed with good company and I know I’m in for a tough nights work. But we have got our game plan and I’m sure my arm will be raised on Saturday.
“This fight has become a more important than a world title fight due to the fact I’m a massive Blades fan and him being a Wednesdayite. My mates won’t let this down if I lose in a derby day fight!”
Former soldier Boyle is Whitham’s first opponent with more wins on his record than defeats, but he is on a downward spiral after four defeats in a row. Whitham (W3, L0, D1) wants to beat Boyle and work his way up the division.
He added: “I’m really looking forward to this and it will be a great scrap for the fans. “
Ingle trained super-bantamweight Kid Galahad has been added to the undercard.
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