Swindon promoter backs Bennett to grab his British title shot

Swindon cruiserweight Lawrence Bennett

Swindon cruiserweight Lawrence Bennett

First published in Sport Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter, mreeves@swindonadvertiser.co.uk, @michaelreeves78

KEITH Mayo believes that Lawrence Bennett is ready to grab his British cruiserweight title eliminator opportunity with both hands.

Swindon’s Southern Area champion faces West Midlander Chris Keane on Saturday night with the winner in line to face the victor from Jon-Lewis Dickinson and Ovill McKenzie’s British and Commonwealth title clash, which takes place on the same night in Newcastle.

And while Bad Boy could be fighting for the prestigious Lonsdale strap in just his eighth professional bout, his manager Mayo insists that he is focused on the job at hand.

“We are just looking at this fight,” Mayo said. “This is a big step, if he pulls it off, and there is more than a good chance that he could do it, then we will look after that.

“He is switched on, he is eating properly without getting hungry, he is doing everything right.

“He has had plenty of sparring and he knows what is in front of him - he is ready to do it.

“This is one of the most important fights any British fighter could have, no matter what weight, they are just both going to go for it, it is a big stepping stone for whoever gets the win.”

Mayo, who also promotes and manages IBO super-middleweight inter-continental champion Kelvin Young, feels that Bennett’s rapid progress could make life a little harder when coming to find future opponents.

“With Kelvin you can’t get him matched up as easy as we used to, the same thing will happen to Lawrence,” Mayo added.

“But for Lawrence right now, this is a British eliminator, he has to go for the title, you can’t choose, it is a final eliminator.

“The winner of this will then go on and box either Dickinson or McKenzie.

“Whoever wins on Saturday will get a shot at that title which is absolutely awesome.”

Mayo, who has put the show which also sees Young defend his title at the Oasis together, admits to be a little excited about night.

“This is a big step for Kelvin, defending his IBO title, which is a massive thing to have, it is fantastic,” he added.

“Both lads (Bennett and Young) are well up for it. Even our undercard, we have got Tariq Quaddus, he is looking so fit, so well and Joe Pigford and Tamuka Mucha, they are all good matches.”

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