Watson looking for a career stepping stone

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Undefeated Belper professional boxer Gordon Watson said he is fully prepared for his third fight- despite his bout being pushed back into a new calendar month, writes David Statham.

Originally scheduled to box on a big fight bill in Burton-on-Trent on March 30, Gordon will instead feature on a night of championship boxing at the Grove Leisure Centre in Newark on Saturday, April 7.

The well-supported 24-year-old, who made his boxing debut in 2010, challenges Walsall’s former amateur star and experienced, battle-hardened professional Bobby Wood in a six-round fight on the Easter bank holiday weekend promotion.

And the super-middleweight boxer is determined to put in an impressive performance, keep his unbeaten record intact, and continue his steady progression towards a challenge for a title in his weight division.

Gordon, who trains at his gym in Denby and with manager Scott Calow in Huthwaite, has been getting tough sparring against several of the region’s boxers, including Chesterfield-based stablemate Paddy Connors, to ready him for his fight.

Gordon said: “The fight being put back a week hasn’t really effected my preparations that much to be honest.

“I’ve had to slow my training down slightly because I was just starting to peak so I’ve had to be careful and make sure I don’t overdo i, but I think I’ll time it just right.

“I can’t wait now. I really don’t know too much about Bobby Wood. I know he’s a southpaw and he’s quite cagey.

“But I’m just looking forward to getting in there now, relaxing and letting the punches go.”

He added: “I’m still learning in boxing and I need to try and change my style a little bit so I’m able to box at range rather than having a tear-up everytime I get in there.

“But I’m definitely looking towards challenging for titles in the near future. I would love to challenge for the British Masters belt.

“I’m not going to disrespect Bobby Wood or anything, but I really want to beat him and use the victory as a stepping stone for my career.”

Gordon thanked his ‘incredible’ fans for their continued support.

Tickets for the seven-fight show in Newark are £30 and are available from Gordon on 07786 543315.