BOXING: LEAMINGTON boxer Michael Cole will be aiming for a fifth successive professional win next month when he aims to win a British Challenge belt.
The unbeaten 29-year-old, whose opponent is yet to be confirmed, has been handed the opportunity to box for a belt in only his fifth professional contest.
Not only will he be contesting for his first belt, the southpaw will also be fighting in familiar territory at Kenilworth’s Chesford Grange Hotel on Friday, July 21.
Cole described the fight as a dream come true and admitted he struggles to believe the opportunity has been presented to him at such an early stage in his career.
He said: “I can’t put into words what it would be like for me to win that title in front of my fans.
“It is all I am focused on right now.
“Everything has to be right before I get in the ring that night and I am working on making sure that is the case.”
Cole has recorded four wins and a draw since turning professional, and he’s adamant he wants to keep the big fights coming to test himself against the best.
Cole added: “There will always be someone better than you.
“I want to find that person and I want to test myself against them because that is how you improve.
“I want to go up against the class opponents and find my level in the sport.
“This will be a massive occasion for me and I want to keep that up in my career as much as I can.
“I know I can’t box for a belt in every fight and I have been lucky to get the chance to fight for one so early.
“But I want to keep at the level I am going to be at with this fight and keep learning and moving forward.”
The Leamington fighter will be supported by three other fights which include the appearance of Coventry’s British Challenge Cruiserweight Champion Dilly Singh, super featherweight fighter Michael Jephcott and welterweight Navi Mankoo.
Looking ahead to the night itself, Cole said he’s hoping having the advantage of a home crowd can spur him onto victory.
He said: “As an amateur I used to love the big fights.
“When I hear all my support and I know that everyone has come and paid to watch me, I know I can’t let them down and I am just focused on getting the win.
“I am happy with how things have gone so far in my career.
“My only frustration is I can’t seem to put everything together.
“In this fight I want to put it all together and have the power and the movement.
“I think with the eight rounds, I will definitely get a chance to do that.”
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