Sonny Upton says he isn’t surprised to have a new opponent for his English super-welterweight eliminator at York Hall, Bethnal Green on March 5.

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The Ricky Hatton-trained stylist was set to face Matt McCarthy on the date. However, the Essex man has withdrawn due to a forearm injury.

Now Bolton’s experienced Rick Godding has stepped up to the plate and Upton is relishing the challenge. Upton said:

“I was gutted McCarthy pulled out because I really wanted to fight him, but was I surprised? No. I always knew he didn’t want to face me.”

Sonny continued:

“McCarthy talks a lot, but he can’t back it up. I even heard he tried to pull out a few hours after he signed for the fight so I always knew it was coming. I’ve got a more experienced opponent now and I can’t really complain. Rick Godding has had 23 fights and he’s only lost one so I’m looking forward to it.”

He added:

“I don’t know much about him other than that. I’ve watched one video of him on YouTube and I wasn’t that impressed to be honest. His record is good though and he’s taken the fight on a few weeks notice so I can’t really knock him. I’ve trained for one type of boxer and got another, but that’s boxing and I feel like I’m ready for anyone.”

Upton has every reason to be confident ahead of the bout as his recent performances have been little short of sublime. Despite suffering a couple of controversial setbacks early in his professional career, the 26-year-old has never let his head drop and he now stands on the verge of title class. He concluded:

“Two more fights and I’ll have a belt around my waist. Every boxer wants to be a champion and I know that my time is coming this year. Boxers say they dream of winning titles, but I really do. I get in bed every night and all that goes through my brain when I’m asleep is winning belt after belt.”

(Image credit Mark Robinson/Hatton Promotions)

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