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Trainer backs Young to 'open doors' in title fight
TRAINER Richard Farnan believes Kelvin Young’s IBO International title fight will ‘open significant doors’ for him in the future.
The Penhill fighter has been handed the opportunity to challenge for the title in what is by far the biggest fight of his career, against an opponent set to be confirmed in the coming days but expected to be German-based Syrian Baker Barakat.
Farnan has been pleased with Young’s training to date, which has included sparring with world champion Carl Froch, and believes victory on December 7 could allow the Swindon man to make rapid progress.
“This is huge and is the biggest fight of his career by far and could open some pretty significant doors for him in the future,” he said.
“This could get him some fights on the European and the world scene which is great for him so it’s a really big deal.
“At the moment training is perfect and is going to plan and we have our methods and we know what we’re doing.
“We’re going up to spar with Carl Froch again which will be tough but also very important for us.”
Young was due to defend his Southern Area title against Frank Buglioni on November 30 but has vacated the belt in order to take a shot at the IBO crown, which Farnan believes was the right call.
“When it came along the decision was whether or not to vacate the Southern Area title, which we didn’t want to do unless there was a bigger and better belt to go for,” he said.
“Having an opportunity like this being offered to you, you have to take it because you don’t know when it’s going to come along again.
“We would have taken the Buglioni fight but we would have preferred it on neutral ground rather than on a Frank Warren show.
“I think we would have done well even though he’s tough and on a winning streak, and hopefully we can meet again in the future, maybe on a neutral show.”
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