Bennett doubts his opponent’s ability to stay the course as he defends his Southern Area title

Southern Area champion Lawrence Bennett

Southern Area champion Lawrence Bennett

First published in Sport Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy sports editor

LAWRENCE Bennett has questioned Chris Keane’s ability to do 10 rounds as they get ready to face off next Saturday.

Swindon’s Bad Boy is on the verge of maneuvering himself in line for a potential shot at the British and Commonwealth cruiserweight title should he dispose of Keane at the Oasis Leisure Centre.

And having done 10 rounds in March to secure the Southern Area title to help earn this British title eliminator contest, Bennett is all too aware that the current Midlands champion, despite being involved in two 10-rounders, has yet to go beyond six rounds.

“I’ve trained for a 10 round fight,” said the 31-year-old, who will only be making his seventh outing in the paid ranks.

“I’ve done so much stuff to make sure that I can do the rounds, I did it last time and I’m sure it will be more comfortable this time.

“I’m not sure he can go 10 rounds, I know I can. If the opportunity comes up for an early night I’ll try to take it, if not then I’m ready to go the distance.”

Although this fight is being billed as a British title eliminator, the winner could potentially also be in line for a shot at the Commonwealth belt as well.

On the same night as Bennett and Keane, Lonsdale strap holder Jon-Lewis Dickinson faces Commonwealth king Ovill McKenzie, whose only defeat was a second-round knockout to Neil Dawson last year, with both titles on the line.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for me, it could change my life, it could change my family’s life,” Bennett said.

“I’m feeling good, I’m feeling fit and come fight I’ll be ready to cause a massive shock.”

The Southern Area champion feels the fact that he has had longer to prepare for Midlands title holder will hold in good stead.

“When I got the opportunity for my Southern Area fight I was preparing hard for a four-round fight,” Bennett explained. “This time I have been working on fighting for 10 rounds right from the start.”

Although Bennett admits that he has had a couple of ‘niggles’ during this camp, he is pleased with how everything has gone.

“At this level there are always going to be a couple of minor niggles because of what you put your body through,” Bad Boy said.

“But overall I’m happy with how the camp has gone. We are just working on a couple of things, fine tuning for next Saturday.

“I’ve been down in Portsmouth and Bristol sparring with some heavyweights and that has gone well.

“The power has always been there and the speed is coming, I’m back to working off the jab.”

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