The undefeated Essex middleweight prospect, Liam Desmond (5-0) received confirmation of his next foe as the experienced Robert Studzinski (3-22) a short time ago.
The 22-year-old from Corringham will enter into his sixth professional contest against the 38-year-old Pole on October 17th at Grays Civic Hall, Essex.
Of his forthcoming opponent, who often operates at super-middleweight, the unbeaten 160-pounder commented, “I watched him on YouTube but I don’t like to watch too much, he seems like he can pack a punch.”
He continued, “It’s my second six rounder and I want to put on a good performance in this fight.”
Travelling from his residence in Llanelli, Wales, Studzinski carries a lot of power that two debutants on his record have been conquered by.
Shuzzy Hussain and Kevin Maddox were both stopped by the Polish journeyman in 2011 and 2013, respectively.
Desmond claims to be well aware of his strength, stating, “I don’t want to be mixing it up and get greedy because that’s how you can cause yourself trouble. I just want to get in there and outbox him.”
Red hot form
The Hammers fan comes into the fight off the back of a career-best win against two-time Masters champion Chris Jenkinson on June 20th this year.
Referee Kieran McCann scored the contest at 59-55 to Desmond although he claims to have not boxed as well as he could have.
He explained, “In my last fight, I couldn’t really get any power off in my shots because of the height difference. He was a frustrating lad and I had to hit lower with my punches and I couldn’t really load up against him.”
Switching camps, returning home
During the off-season, Desmond switched camps to train closer to home with long-time friend and fellow professional boxer Matt McCarthy.
He is back at Gateway ABC in his hometown of Corringham where he first trained as a boxer with new coach Terry Coulter.
“It’s going really well, it’s literally five minutes from me. It’s just a trial but we’re gelling well, plus I’m training with my close pal Matt McCarthy, which is a bonus.
“I’m sparring good boys all the time and learning lots, so I can’t complain,” he enthused.
Desmond has scalped Liam Griffiths (3-37-1), Dee Mitchell (9-63-1), Kieran Gray (6-33-1), Rob Brown (1-0) and Chris Jenkinson (8-20-2) in his first 15 months in the paid ranks following on from a successful amateur career, winning 46 of 59 fights and collecting a Haringey Box Cup gold and silver medal, as well as a Swedish Box Cup silver medal.
He now claims to be seeing the benefits of all the years of hard work as his reputation starts to climb, “I think I’ve set my name out there now and got a lot of good feedback recently, so I’ve definitely got more support now, which is great, and hopefully it will continue to build,” he concluded.
Solid all round card
The main event sees Southern Area champ, Adam Dingsdale (13-2-1) go up against Kevin Hooper (17-3) for the vacant English lightweight title.
Both boxers come into the fight following back-to-back wins and this will be Hooper’s third crack at the English championship after losing out on the super-featherweight version twice back in 2013.
Former teammates Paul Hilz (1-1), Joe Jackson Brown (2-0) George Hennon (1-0) and Shaun Hussein (1-0-2) will all be appearing on the same bill.
Two debutants complete the line-up in welterweight John Wheatley from Harwich, Essex and Nigerian light-welterweight, Idris Hill.
(Note: Image courtesy of Tim Rickson)
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