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Swindon boxer Young handed IBO title shot
KELVIN Young knows he is facing the biggest challenge of his career after being handed a shot at the vacant IBO International super middleweight title.
The Penhill fighter will challenge for the belt, open to fighters from across the world, on the KM Promotions show at the Oasis Leisure Centre on December 7 in what is the most high profile contest to have been held in the town.
Young’s opponent is yet to be confirmed, but he is likely to face German-based Syrian Baker Barakat who has won 38 of his 57 fights, with 26 coming by knockout. Barakat and has been in the ring with world title challenger George Groves this year but was knocked out on the second round.
Young has had to vacate his Southern Area title and opt out of a fight with Frank Buglioni at the Copper Box to take the contest, and knows his next fight is a step up in class but is confident of raising his game.
“This is by far the biggest fight for me and it’s massive, really massive,” he said.
“The last fight was big because I was coming off the back of a loss against Sam Couzens and I bounced back with a good win in the end.
“I put a lot of pressure on myself and made it one I had to win so now I’ve earned this fight it’s a big opportunity which I have to take this time.
“I honestly thought I would be defending my Southern Area title against Frank Buglioni in London and I was looking forward to that fight so hopefully we can meet again in the future for a bigger title.
“This was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down but I need to focus on gameplans and what I need to do.”
Young is also pleased to be on home territory for such a vital contest and has called on the people of Swindon to get behind him.
“I’m relishing this opportunity against a good opponent and I have to go out and beat him and open a few doors for myself,” he said.
“To do it in front of my home crowd in Swindon is a great opportunity and hopefully there will be a lot of people there to cheer me on.
“This is certainly the biggest fight Swindon has ever seen so it’s great to be a part of.”
Young has kept his title shot a secret for the last three weeks, with even his parents none the wiser until last night’s press conference to launch the fight.
“My missus, Keith (Mayo, promoter and manager) and Rich Farnan (trainer) were the only people who knew about it because it had to be a secret,” Young said.
“Not even my parents knew until the press conference to launch the fight but I’m sure they will all be bouncing off the walls.”
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