Vaughan On The Verge

Ben Vaughan will further prove his credentials if he can complete a championship distance and pick up another win.

His chance will come at the Holiday Inn Queensway, in Birmingham city centre, during a Friday fight night, October 20th on the under card of the British title rematch between Ijaz Ahmed and Marcel Braithwaite.

The 10-round distance is the same as Vaughan, who is from Northampton, has twice been scheduled for, in two aborted efforts to compete for a Midlands crown. 

He instead goes up against Jimmy Cooper, who has 10 wins from 12 pro outings and has only ever been defeated in a three-round Boxxer tournament affair. 

Unbeaten Vaughan is 6-0, all of them points successes, with two six-rounders taking him up from four rounds. Now comes more ring time. 

The 24-year-old southpaw travelled to Portsmouth, in his last action, and downed Matthew King, a local favourite with a favourable 7-2 ledger, through a points whitewash. 

‘The Bomber’ had then been scheduled to co-challenge with Callum Blockley, for the vacant Midlands welterweight title, on October 1, but the match never materialised. 

That made it a double disappointment for Vaughan, who missed out on another area opportunity, at super lightweight, in June, when Shaun Cooper withdrew. 

He was a five-time national amateur champion, representing Kings Heath Boxing Club, in his hometown, where his training base is now the Team Shoe-Box gym. 

Vaughan said: “I’ve been unlucky, with fights getting called off and postponed, but all that has given me is more time to get myself in better shape. 

“I’m always in the gym and there are plenty of other lads there, so I’ve just added extra sparring to keep myself ticking over. Now I just want to fight!

“Whether there is a belt on the line or not, I’ll just be happy to show that I can do a 10-rounder. I’ve sparred the distance, on multiple occasions, in the gym. 

“This is another stepping stone for me, so I’m focussed on myself. I can push on to the next level and that motivates me, which is what I’ve been doing. 

“When the Midlands title first didn’t come off (against Shaun Cooper), I went on to the road, as the away fighter, against an opponent with a winning record, and beat the home-boy.

“On paper, that looks good on my side, which is what I’ll get again, if I can win this one. I’ve been pleased with my performances, so I’m confident. 

“I’m the sport to win titles, which I did, as an amateur. Ethan (James) and Kieron (Conway, stable-mates) are champions, in the pro game, and I want my name to be in the picture.”

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