KELVIN Young hopes that advice given to him by WBA and IBF world super-middleweight champion Carl Froch will help him continue his own reign.
The Penhill pugilist will defend his IBO inter-continental 168lb strap for the first time on June 7 against Cesar Hernan Reynoso from Argentina, a week after Froch collides with George Groves.
And while Young is only just starting to fine tune his preparations for his bout at the Oasis after his opponent was only named on Tuesday evening, the 27-year-old spent a large part of his training camp sparring with Froch.
“He has given me little tips here and there,” Young said. “When I was sparring him about seven weeks ago I was a bit too static.
“He said to me if you are going to stand in front of me don’t be so static, move your head, move your feet, don’t give me a target to hit and I took that on board.
“The following week, I wasn’t so static, I was moving my head, moving my feet and had a brilliant spar, so I took that advice on board.”
Young feels that this camp has been one his best since joining forces with trainer Richard Farnan having suffered minor problems in the build up to his previous fights - including his points success over Alexey Ribchev to claim the title in December.
“When I fought for the title, three weeks before I peaked,” he admitted. “I had over done it, I had muscle fatigue, I was drained, I had to have a week off, but luckily enough, I had enough time to recover.
“This camp we haven’t overdone it. We have trained hard, don’t get me wrong, but there have been times that we’ve taken a foot off the gas a little to ensure that I’m peaking on fight night.
“In the last three camps, I had a cut four weeks before so I had to stop sparring, obviously the Ribchev I peaked, the last camp was fine, but this camp has been brilliant.”
Young’s clash with Reynoso will headline a seven-fight card at the Oasis with Lawrence Bennett’s British cruiserweight title eliminator against Chris Keane the chief support.
Swindon-based super-middleweight Tariq Quaddus steps up six-rounds for the first time as he faces Jamie Ambler, Reading’s unbeaten welterweight Tamuka Mucha tackles West Midlander Keith Sheen, Tom Jarvis faces Fonz Alexander, Gloucester middleweight Wayne Ingram will take on Mike Byles and Southampton’s unbeaten knockout artist Joe Pigford meets veteran Kevin McCauley.
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