Blackwell aims to bounce Czech
Nick 'Bang Bang' Blackwell loves a good fight - and he is likely to get one in Swindon next month.
Former Commonwealth king Jamie Cox relaunches his career in a separate contest at Oasis Leisure Centre on Saturday, June 15, Gareth Heard and Faheem Khan square up for a belt - and there's also a clash of champions on the bill.
Blackwell is a former English middleweight boss - and he's matched tough against Czech champion Stepan Horvath. Horvath has won all 11 fights and is known to British fans for his points win over Max Maxwell in Grays last month.
"He's unbeaten, has a title and will want my name on his record," said Blackwell. "It should be a war and I hope it is. I've trained hard for this and I want a fight.
"I can't motivate myself when I'm boxing journeymen who are just there to survive. I want hard, competitive fights and I want to be fighting for titles."
Blackwell pushed Billy-Joe Saunders all the way for the British and Commonwealth titles last December and the 22 year-old from Trowbridge said: "I want to stay at that level now. I don't want to drop down to boxing journeymen again. I need to stay sharp and motivated."
Manager PJ Rowson says he hopes 'Bang Bang' will be boxing for major honours by the end of the year - and he's taken confidence from tough sparring sessions with Carl Froch. Blackwell reckons they spent 70-80 rounds "trying to batter each other" in the countdown to Froch's fight-of-the-year with Mikkel Kessler.
"CarI is fit, hits hard and takes a great shot," said Blackwell. "I was trying to walk him down and make him work. It was tough.
"We threw so many shots we would be shattered at the end of every session."
Bath middleweight Mike Rose aims to extend his winning record in Swindon and flyweight prospect Jono Price also boxes.