Sheffield boxer in shape of his life

Dale Hutchinson
Dale Hutchinson
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Dale Hutchinson is in the shape of his life as he seeks to win the first title of his career.

Hutchinson takes on another Dennis Hobson-promoted Sheffielder, Sam Matkin, for the British Masters light-welterweight title at the Octagonon Sunday.

Trainer Chris Smedley said of Hutchinson’s career: “Dale is a Manor lad and is trained by Steve Barnes and me.

“He learned his trade by boxing on the road against some of Britain’s best, taking fights at short notice. He also boxed at welter before.

“This is the first time he has had eight weeks to prepare and has moved down to light welter and is in the best shape of his life.

“Before he got into boxing he was on the streets drinking and up to no good.

“He has been at the same gym from the day he started at 11. He now has a baby son and lives with his girlfriend on the Woodthorpe.”

Hutchinson (W4 L6 D1) added: “I am looking forward to Sunday, winning this title means the world to me and gets me on the first step of the ladder to better things. I have sparred with Sam a few times, he’s a good kid. He’s undefeated but it doesn’t bother me as all but one of his fights have been handpicked-learning fights. I’ve not had that luxury. My debut was against a 10 fight unbeaten kid. I am naturally bigger than Sam and fitter than I’ve ever been . It will be a great fight.”

Also on the bill is Ross Burkinshaw who faces Levan Garibashvili, of Tbilisi, Georgia and Jamie Sampson v Ismail Anwar. Tickets: 07587320282.