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Young admits Couzens rematch is a must-win
KELVIN Young admits it’s make or break time in his career when he defends his Southern Area super-middleweight title on Friday night.
The 26-year-old faces a rematch against Hampshire’s Sam Couzens, who stopped the Penhill boxer in his last outing when the pair clashed at light-heavyweight.
Young admits he took Couzens for granted in that fight and cited problems in the build-up to it.
But on Friday night at Swindon’s Oasis Leisure Centre, Young says he can have no excuses and claims he is in the best shape of his career.
“I have had the best training camp I’ve ever had,” said Young. “I really mean this when I say I feel like I am in the best shape of my life.
“I admit I underestimated him a bit in the last fight.
“The fight was made at light-heavyweight and that’s the heaviest I’ve ever fought at.
“I also had problems the week before for the fight and although I was winning by scrapping him and beating him at his own game, I just had nothing left in the tank at the end.
“In hindsight I probably shouldn’t have fought but this time Sam Couzens will face the best Kelvin Young there has been.
“It’s been the best training camp and I can have no excuses this time so let the best man win.”
Young is putting his Southern Area title on the line and has warned 27-year-old Couzens he will have to rip it off him.
The winner of this fight is also being lined up to fight the unbeaten Frank Buglioni for the English title.
“I’m putting my title on the line and he will have to rip it off me if he wants it,” said Young. “I’m not prepared to let my title go so I am not even thinking about losing.
“This is definitely make or break for my career. I’m only 26 but it’s a long way back if I lose.
“The winner could be fighting for the English title and although I’m not focusing on that, that is the level I want to be at so there is everything to fight for.
“I’m 100 per cent focused and ready for this fight and I’m gunning for revenge against Sam Couzens.
“Fighting at super-middleweight should help me because I’ve made the weight so easily.
“Everything is set, we have a game plan and now I’ve just got to execute it.”
Former ABA semi-finalist Mark Reynolds makes his debut on Friday’s at cruiserweight.
The former Walcot amateur takes on Derby’s Elvis Dube in a four round clash.
Another Swindon boxer in action is Ben Fitch, also making his professional debut. Fitch, a former Walcot amateur boxer, takes on Nigerian Didier Blanch at super-middleweight.
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