Clitheroe boxer Blackledge set to show he’s a Master

FIGHTER: Clitheroe's Luke Blackledge, right, is ready to challenge for a British Masters title
FIGHTER: Clitheroe's Luke Blackledge, right, is ready to challenge for a British Masters title

HIS last victory promoted him to British number seven, but now unbeaten super middleweight fighter Luke Blackledge is determined to climb higher with a British Masters title triumph.

The 22-year-old will go into Sunday’s bout with Carl Wild with an untarnished record from 10 pro contests, and on the back of a remarkable win over Denmark’s former European, IBO, and WBF champion Mads Larsen.

Blackledge, who has switched allegiances to Maree Leisure in Gisburn, had been preparing for a Central Area title shot against Nathan King, but he’ll now have to up his weight to compete in the light-heavyweight bout against his Sheffield foe.

Blackledge said: “It’s a 10-rounder, so if I win this it gives me the chance to challenge for a bigger title.

“Carl Wild has been about for a bit. He’s a tough lad, so it should be a good fight. He’s fought the likes of Kenny Anderson, so he’s faced a good calibre of opposition.”

Blackledge’s new training partner, Anderson, who will face Robin Reid for the vacant BBBC British super-middleweight title on October 20th in Sheffield, knows Wild well from their tussle two years ago. The 29-year-old Scot claimed a fifth round knockout on that occasion, and Blackledge is determined to register a similar outcome.

“I’m going to smash him. Training has gone great, and I’m confident. I’m just buzzing,” he said.

Blackledge made his professional debut less than two years ago, and now he’s ranked number seven in Britain and 67th in the world.

“It’s all going well at the moment,” he said. “My last fight put me in the top 10 in Britain. I’m the youngest super middleweight in the top 10. When I win this, I’ll go on to fight for an English or British title, but I’ve got to win this first.”