Unbeaten Nico Michael is ready to step up to the longer distance, but first he has one final four-rounder in Northampton on February 17th on the BCB Promotions February Firepower II show.
“I am feeling fitter than ever, said Michael. The preparation for this one has gone great, and we are back boxing on my doorstep. Last time out, we brought a lot of fans up to Birmingham, and it was a great night, but it is good to be back at home. There will be a lot more coming this time.
The 28-year-old, who is from Northampton, has put together a four-fight winning streak since turning professional at the back end of 2022. Experienced road warriors Reiss Taylor, Jake Pollard and Nabil Ahmed have given the super flyweight prospect a solid test, with each taking one round a piece on the score card.
His last contest against Steven Maguire at the H Suite in Birmingham followed a familiar pattern after three dominant rounds. Michael lost the fourth, and he knows that finishing bouts stronger will be key this time.
“The first three rounds, I hit him with a lot of shots, but he wasn’t going down. I gave the fourth away, and I won’t make that mistake again. Maguire was awkward and a bit unpredictable, not your typical journeyman. I don’t take any fight for granted, regardless of the opponent’s record.
Nico trains at the Shoe Box Gym on Harlestone Road under the close eye of James Conway. The popular gym, which will have several boxers on the show, has a growing reputation and has become a real boxing hub in the town.
“It is like a family in there and is picking up all the time. There are new pros joining, and I am always being asked by fighters about coming down. It’s a good gym and good home for me; there is always good sparring and not just the pro’s; there is a great amateur set up as well.
“This will be my last four rounder, I felt ready for six, but I need to finish my fight stronger and be consistent in every round. I know I am fit enough to do the longer distance; in my runs, I am pushing myself more and doing a higher number of rounds on the body bag.
“I need to show people that I am not messing around and give the crowd a big performance, then I can move on to a couple of sixes, and then we start to look at some sort of title.
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