Kelcie Ball is confident of
bursting Denzel Bentley’s bubble
when the pair clash at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday evening.
The Tamworth boxer
steps in with the 10-0 prospect over eight rounds knowing that a victory can
propel him back into title contention.
Ball, 10-1, has moved
up to middleweight following his solitary career loss last year and is
confident of upsetting Londoner Bentley on his hometurf.
“I’m feeling fit and
ready to go,” he told bcb-promotions.com. “It is certainly a dangerous fight, he’s had
10 wins out of 10 and eight of them have been by stoppage. I’m not going to be
in there for a move around though, or to make him look good like the others may
“I’ll be in his face and fighting fire with
fire if that’s what he brings. It can certainly boost me right back up rankings
and get me more big fights and big pay days, so it’s a big fight for us both.
“You could argue he’s my toughest opponent to
date but it is close between him and Ryan Kelly whereas I’m definitely his
toughest test so far. Let’s see how he gets on.
“I have no pressure on me for this fight. No fans
to please, no tickets to sell; I’ve just got turn up and do my thing. The pressure
is on him and we will see how he deals with it.”
‘Cannon’ has been sparring Sam Eggington in
preparation to Friday’s fight night, which is promoted by Frank Warren and is
headlined by Daniel Dubois’ Commonwealth Hevayweight Title clash with Ebenezer
Tetteh. Eggington, a former Commonwealth and British Champion, travel to Italy
to challenge for the IBF International Super Welterweight Title.
Ball believes that experience will stand him
in good stead this weekend.
“Sparring with Sam is great preparation,” he
added. “He’s a tough, come forward fighter who can bang. He’s operated at a
high level and that sparring, along with the work put in with my trainer, Shaun
Cogan at Smokin Joe’s, will stand me in good stead.
“I’ve been in there with better opposition
and I have been sparring with better, more experienced lads, so I don’t fear
what Denzel brings.
“Camp has gone great up to now and I’m ready for whatever comes my way on Friday.”