KELVIN Young insists that he won’t go charging in to secure a maiden stoppage success when he makes his first defence of his IBO super-middleweight inter-continental title next month.
The Penhill pugilist will put his belt on the line at the Oasis Leisure Centre on June 7 determined to stay on course for a shot at the world title some time in 2015.
And while he would have liked to have a stoppage from his 15 wins to date, Young knows getting the all-important ‘W’ is all that matters - whether it be by a single point or with one punch.
“Winning is winning,” Young said. “I’m a counter puncher - I’m a stylish boxer.
“I like to use my skills, I do hit hard enough to hurt - I don’t go in there looking for a stoppage.”
While Young is still awaiting to discover who his opponent will be after Morgan Le Gal’s fifth-round defeat last Saturday night, he has learnt the hard way, with all three of his defeats coming inside the distance.
“I have gone in there looking for stoppages in my other fights and I’ve ended up getting hurt myself,” he said.
“This is a game where as long as you win you win. If the stoppage comes - it comes.
“The second Sam Couzens fight (which Young took a98-91 to claim the Southern Area title), I had him down in the ninth.
“He was hurt, I could see that, I could have jumped on him but I had the fight won, did I need to jump in? No. I had the fight won, I knew that I’d won, especially with the knock down.
“I beat him comprehensively over nine rounds, they gave him a share of one round, so for me to jump on him, leave myself open and possibly give him a chance to connect with me, a hurt fighter is a dangerous fighter.
“I like to stick to my gameplan and keep to my boxing and get the win - how it comes, it comes.”
Having spent six weeks sparring with Carl Froch for his IBF and WBA super-middleweight clash with Swindon-trained George Groves, the 27-year-old says that he has noticed changes in himself with Cobra.
“Everything is improving,” Young said. “My strength, my speed, my power, everything is working nicely.
“That spar with Carl Froch (last Wednesday) was my last one with him, we might possibly get a little in over the next week, but nothing too heavy.
“It is all about working on the speed and sharpness to ensure that I’m firing on all cylinders come fight night.”