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Stokes eyes early Hearn knockout
5:50am Monday 25th June 2012 in Boxing
JONNIE ‘The Spreader’ Stokes believes that he will knock out Adie ‘Hitman’ Hearn in the very first round in their fight at the end of the month.
Despite being 15 years younger than his opponent, the 20-year-old plasterer from Swindon is confident that youth will be on his side.
Stokes said: “I’m very confident that that I can win the fight against Adie. It’s definitely an advantage with me being much younger than him.
“He’s just too old and far too slow, I’ll be way too quick for him.
“I think I’ll knock him out in the first round.’’ The young fighter insists that he is in great shape in the run up to the fight, and that his hard work in the gym is sure to pay off.
“No matter what he brings to the fight I will just bring something bigger.,” he said.
“I’ve been training really hard with my KO team in the Horseshoe Gym in Swindon.
We’ve been putting in four or five good sessions every week for the past 10 weeks or so.
It was Stokes who called out Hearn to the fight, and the younger of the two fighters has posted a collection of ‘banter’ videos on Fightclub TV, hyping himself up, with clips from his intense training at the gym to his drunken nights out.
“I’m just a very confident lad,’’ he explained. “The videos are mainly for the banter, but they’re also a bit of a scare tactic. I think they’ll probably make my opponent a bit nervous.’’ But Hearn from Walcot, Swindon, thinks that Stokes may be a bit too confident for his own good.
“Jonnie is an alright fighter, but he thinks it’s going to be an easy fight for him - which it won’t be,” he said.
“He’s mostly just talk - I would definitely say that he underestimates me as a fighter.
“In my last fight I was forced to give up after just 52 seconds, as I was unwell, and I think that he is judging me on that one fight.’’ Like his opponent, Hearn also claims to be in great shape. Yet he has much different expectations for the fight:.
“Right now I’m in the best shape of my life; I’ve been training four times a week for 10 weeks,” he said.
‘‘Although I’m still about 12 and a half stone I’ve lost a lot of fat and replaced it all with muscle.
“I’m just going to outbox Jonnie-I think I can knock him out in the second round.”
It was rumoured that this could be Hearn’s last-ever fight, as it has been labelled for him by some as a ‘win or retire’ fight.
But Hearn admits that there is one more fight that he has his eyes on, no matter what happens in his next bout.
“After my match with Jonnie I want to arrange a rematch with Lee ‘Hollywood’ Hedges. But that will probably be my last-ever fight,” he said.
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