The undefeated 23-year-old who is coached by legendary UK warrior Ricky Hatton, will take on Joe Hughes at Walsall Town Hall on December 5th to contest the English light-welterweight title.
Upton has been a professional for little over two years, but he feels the time is now right for his first championship opportunity.
An enthused Upton said:
“It’s something I can’t wait for. All the training we do in the gym is geared to boxing over 12 rounds so I know I can do ten comfortably. I’m unbeaten in 11 fights so I’m at that level where I’m going to be fighting tougher opponents and I need to be prepared for boxers who are going to be giving their all to try and beat me.”
He went on to mention what fighting for the English title meant, not just to him:
“Fighting for the English title is great because a lot of people who have won English titles have gone on to win world titles and it’ll be good to see if I can follow in their footsteps. Winning it will be the perfect Christmas present for my whole team, because it’s not just me that’s put the work in. It’ll be a good Christmas present for Ricky, Mike [Jackson], Blain [Younis], my Dad, the Upton Clan and everyone that has supported me. I’m sure my little son will love it as well. It’ll be nice for me to go back to Belfast at Christmas and see him with the belt around his waist.”
Before he can start planning the festivities, Upton must defeat an extremely skilled and highly-rated champion. Joe Hughes was the 2010 senior ABA champion at 63.5kg and has built a 13-1 (6 KOs) ledger in the paid ranks.
Upton is expecting a stern test:
“I don’t know anything about him, but he’s the champion and his record speaks for itself. He’s beaten some game people so I’m expecting a tough fight. He’ll be doing everything to hold onto his title and I’ll be doing everything to take it away from him.”
(Image credit: Mark Robinson/Hatton Promotions)
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