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Couzens ready to stop Swindon's Young again
TEMPERS flared last night at the weigh-in for Kelvin Young’s Southern Area super-middleweight title defence against Sam Couzens.
The Swindon boxer arrived late to the weigh-in at Swindon’s Moonrakers pub, a stunt which appeared to aggravate Hampshire’s Couzens.
After weighing in the pair went face to face with Couzens launching a verbal attack on his Swindon rival.
Couzens stopped Young in the fourth and final round when the pair last met in Gloucester back in May.
This time Young is putting his Southern Area title on the line for tonight’s 10-rounder at Swindon’s Oasis Leisure Centre and Couzens is convinced he will leave Wiltshire as the champion.
“I’m ready,” Couzens told the Swindon Advertiser.
“I’ve had to train hard for this and I’m ready to go.
“He had a perfect camp last time and I still went out and beat him and I’m going to do that again “I had four weeks’ notice last time and I still beat him.
“I’ve had a perfect camp and I haven’t trained for eight or nine weeks to come here and lose.
“He looks good, he is always in good condition but I’m in fantastic condition, probably the best I ever have been.
“This fight leads on to big things. I’m expecting a hard fight and I’m not taking anything for granted but I’m coming here to beat him again.
“I’m not worried about the crowd. They won’t help him when I am hitting him.
“I’m coming here to knock him out again, it’s nothing personal, I’ve just got a job to do and I’m going to do exactly what I did to him last time.”
Young, who weighed in at 11st 13lb - two pounds heavier than his rival - claimed Couzens’ outburst was unnecessary.
“We turned up late and he wasn’t happy about that,” said Young. “He’s trying to stir it up a bit and there’s no need for that.
“It doesn’t bother me. I’ll save my talking for the ring. I just told him I’m ready and hope he is ready.
“I’m not worried about him. I’ve made weight perfectly and I don’t think he looks great at the weight. He looks drawn.
“A two pound advantage doesn’t mean anything because he’ll fill up now. He looked skinny round the belly area though.
“This is his big chance, he wants my title but I’m not going to let it go.”
Doors open at 7pm tonight at the Oasis Leisure Centre with the winner of the Southern Area bout expected to be given an English title shot.
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