Kevin Hooper confident of toppling champion Amir Unsworth

Posted: July 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

Big chance: Kevin Hooper (right)

Unbeaten Kevin Hooper says there is no chance of him missing out on the biggest and best opportunity of his career when he challenges Amir Unsworth for his Midlands Area title in October.

Not only is a coveted title up for grabs but the victor will go on to fight for the English title in 2013.

Lightweight Hooper, from Grimsby, will enter the ring a slight favourite after racing to 12 wins from 12.

Champion Unsworth has won 13 and lost five but has experience of the big occasion after already challenging Derry Mathews for the English crown in January, 2011.

“It is a great opportunity for us both. It is what we box for,” Hooper told Lincboxing. “Obviously I am going to win.”

Powerhouse Unsworth’s come-forward attack will be in stark contrast to Hooper’s behind-the-jab and counter-punching style when the two do battle in Cleethorpes on October 19.

What makes the fight even more interesting is the fact the pair are stable-mates under manager Carl Greaves.

The two have sparred countless rounds against each other.

“I know exactly what he’s like,” continued Hooper. “I will just out-work Amir. For me, it will be a comfortable points win. If the knockout comes then the knockout comes.

“I will basically be fighting at home and the atmosphere is going to be great. Amir will bring a few from Sleaford and we will put on a great fight I’m sure.

“We are pretty good friends at the end of the day but business is business and I have to win this fight.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn last week announced the line-up for the Prizefighter the Lighweights and Hooper admitted to being disappointed at not being chosen.

“I am gutted to be honest because it would have been a great chance of coverage on the television and I could have shown what I am capable of,” he added.

“But this Area title fight has stopped that. But this is just another, quieter, way of making my way to the big fights in this division. That’s what I am hungry to achieve.”

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