Arnfield ready to grab title chance

Arnfield - title chance
Arnfield - title chance

Boxer Jack Arnfield has spoken of his determination to make the most of his last-minute chance to win the British middleweight title.

He has been called up at less than a week's notice to challenge the champion Nick 'Bang Bang' Blackwell at the Bristol City Academy on November 14.

Stalmine boxer Arnfield was given the opportunity after Blackwell's scheduled challenger Elliott Matthews withdrew from the bout.

Matthews picked up a cut in sparring on and Arnfield, on stand-by forsome time, was quick to fill the gap and grab the chance of a lifetime.

Arnfield said: "It is every boxer's dream in this country to win a British title, and in some respects it is more important than a world title.

"I have got everything to win and nothing to lose.

"I have watched Blackwell closely ever since he came up through the ranks and from the time that he won the British title.

"Blackwell is tough and very fit, but he hasn't got the amateur background that I have, and I do believe that now that I have got this chance, I am going to win the fight.

"I believe that 100 per cent."

"We only got the fight at short notice, but that is not a problem.

"I had been training for a 10-round fight against Cello Renda before he pulled out."

Arnfield was in ring action as recently as October 24 when he defeated Deividas Sajauka, of Lithuania, on an eight round points shut-out decision at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester.

Arnfield says he was back in training within three days of that fight and is ready for the challenge that Blackwell will undoubtedly give him.

"I believe I have what it takes to beat Blackwell.

"I don't know how many tickets Blackwell has sold - I expect he will have an army of supporters, but I won't be fazed by that at all.

"It doesn't make much difference if I was fighting in an arena in front of his fans or a deserted back garden,"

The bout is subject to British Boxing Board Of Control sanction, though that is not expected to be a handicap.

Arnfield, who will be the underdog in this match-up, will get valuable national projection with the title fight being shown on Channel 5 from 10pm.

Blackwell, who hails from Wiltshire, has 18 wins on his record, three defeats and one draw.

Arnfield's sole loss was to Renda in the semi-final of Prizefighter middleweight at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on February 14.