5:30am Tuesday 3rd June 2014
By Michael Reeves
KELVIN Young insists that he remains fully focused on defending his IBO super-middleweight inter-continental despite not knowing who he opponent is going to be.
The Penhill pugilist was all set to meet Cesar Hernan Reynoso on Saturday night at the Oasis Leisure Centre.
However, the Argentine was forced to withdraw from the contest on Monday lunchtime as he was missing the relevant medical forms to allow him to box.
And while his manager and promoter Keith Mayo has been desperately find the 27-year-old a new opponent, Young is remaining relaxed.
“Reynoso hasn’t completed his medical, it is a bit of pain, but this is boxing and you have to expect these kind of things.
“I have just got to keep my head on the goal, do my job whoever is in the ring.
“I only found out on Monday lunchtime, I’m trying not to think about it, I’ve just got to get on with the training that is left to do before Saturday.
“Keith is on the job, it is probably more stressful for him than it is me, I’ve just got to get in there and do what I have got to do - I’m ready for whoever I have got to fight.
“I’m not frustrated one bit about what is going on, I know that I’m going to be fighting, defending my title, it is Keith’s job to get the contract signed.
“I’ve got to keep my head on the goal and defend my title - whoever it is against. I’m relaxed, I’ve had a great camp with some great sparring - I’m ready to go.”
Young’s fight on Saturday will be the first time his has defended his IBO crown since out-pointing Bulgarian Alexey Ribchev in December last year.
The champion was last out in March when he comfortably beat Tomas Kugler over eight rounds in a non-title contest.
Young’s clash will headline a show that also sees Swindon’s Southern Area cruiserweight champion Lawrence Bennett collide with Walsall’s Chris Keane in a final eliminator for the British title.
Swindon-based super-middleweight Tariq Quaddus is also on the undercard as steps up to six rounds for the first time.
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