TRAINER Paddy Fitzpatrick believes Isaac Chamberlain is in for a shock when he comes up against his charge Luke ‘The Duke’ Watkins in London this weekend.

The cruiserweights go head-to-head in a domestic clash at London’s Copper Box Arena on the undercard of John Ryder’s super-middleweight world title eliminator against Russia’s Andrey Sirotkin

Both Swindon’s Watkins and Chamberlain are going into the fight on the back of a defeat to Lawrence Okolie, although Watkins was a more recent opponent as he faced the Olympian in June, while Chamberlain fought him back in February.

Fitzpatrick has trained Watkins throughout his entire career to date, and believes Chamberlain is banking on weaknesses his man does not possess.

“Chamberlain is a big fan of Floyd Mayweather and you can tell with the way he rolls his shoulders, he throws lead right hands over the top and doubles up on his hooks,” said Ferndale Road trainer Fitzpatrick.

“He’s very Floyd like. I think they fully believe they will be a lot quicker than Duke and I think they fully believe that he has better footwork.

“They’ll be shocked with both. He won’t be much quicker than Luke and any advantage he has in speed, Luke has excellent timing, which will deal with speed.

“As far as the footwork goes, I think he will be surprised at how much he is going to have to use his feet to get away from Duke.

“People forget that Luke fought as a super-heavyweight as an amateur, he was boxing men who were 115kgs.

“They’re big men and Luke was able to use his feet then to turn and spin, so this fight will give him a perfect opportunity to demonstrate that.”

The bout also signals the end of a two-fight agreement with promoters Matchroom, which was struck when it was agreed Watkins would face Okolie earlier this year.

However, with several television appearances in the bank, Fitzpatrick believes his man is now firmly in the limelight.

“I don’t think he’s under the radar anymore. Even since he lost to Lawrence, there are still people calling his name,” said Fitzpatrick.

“People still see him as a fight that you’d need to win in order to move forward. I think the winner of this fight is number two in Britain (behind Okolie).

“If you look at who is above them, there are a few who haven’t boxed in a while and one is retired, so it’s down to whoever wins. It’s an excellent fight.”