LEE Duncan is more bothered about causing an upset in the ring than helping to get the Ingles one over on Prince Naseem Hamed.
The light-heavyweight, aged 22, originally from Meersbrook and trained by the Ingles in Wincobank, faces Hamed’s protégée Callum Johnson over four rounds in Liverpool on Saturday night.
Johnson won gold for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi last year and subsequently signed up the former Ingle featherweight world champion as his manager.
Naz’s name often attracts scowls in the Ingle camp after the nature of their parting. Brendan Ingle has long had a grievance when the millionaire boxer left the Sheffield camp for an overseas trainer.
Boston man Johnson has won his two first professional bouts already but Duncan assures him that win number three won’t be coming easy.
He told The Star: “I’m a new kid off the old Ingle block really. I’ll take fights at a day’s notice and I’ve beaten unbeaten kids before.
“Callum was a very good amateur, is very strong and likes a fight but I’ve got the calibre and experience to beat him.
“I went 10 rounds in my last fight against Daniel Cadman and won a masters title, so he’s going to find me tough.”
Training around top class fighters, Hallam business studies student Duncan believes he is improving all the time and that his won four, lost five record doesn’t reflect his determination and skills.
Joe Gallagher-trained Johnson is rated highly by Naz and it would be a sizable upset if ‘Real Deal’ Duncan could pull off a win.
According to Duncan, though, it doesn’t matter who his opponent is managed by.
“I’m looking ahead. If I come through this fight I’ll be fighting Kenny Anderson in Scotland and then I’ll be looking towards a British title shot next year. Naz had left the gym before I arrived but I’ve been around former world champions in Junior Witter and Johnny Nelson so I’ve learned from the best anyway and I was out training hard in Tenerife with Kell Brook and Junior earlier this year.”
Also up against a former Commonwealth Games gold medallist is former Blade Curtis Woodhouse. Duncan can see him and Woodhouse upsetting the odds
“The fights for me and Curtis are only as hard as we make them. We both live well and train hard. Curtis is a great fighter and we’ve both got the calibre to win on the night.”
n Rotherham trainer Dave Coldwell has paid his respects after the death of Wladimir Klitschko, 64, father of heavyweight champions Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko. Wladimir beat Coldwell’s partner David Haye recently.
“Deepest sympathies to the brothers, their dad will have been so proud of his boys,” Coldwell tweeted.