Clitheroe boxer Luke Blackledge set for big time

Luke Blackledge
Luke Blackledge

HIGH-profile fighters Rocky Fielding and Chris Eubank Jnr are in Clitheroe boxer Luke Blackledge’s sights as he continues to bulldoze his way through the British rankings.

The light-heavyweight’s trainer Jason Curtis, of Accrington’s Kokoro Gym, is confident a central area title contest with Frank Warren’s unbeaten super-middleweight protégé will happen in the near future, despite a bout against last term’s Prizefighter victor being muted just recently.

And Curtis has also targeted a lucrative bout with Chris Eubank Jnr, though that seems less likely to transpire.

The 22-year-old middleweight, son of the former world middleweight and world super-middleweight champion, only has successes against Kirill Psonko and Jason Ball on his professional record to date.

“I think the fight with Rocky Fielding will come off sometime in the near future,” said Curtis.

“Chris Eubank Jnr is in the same weight category as Luke, and that’s a fight we would really like. He’s a high-profile name and I think Luke would beat him easily.

“I don’t think his camp would take it just yet as he’s only won two from two and they’ll want to look after him.

“We will fight anyone that’s about. He’s certainly ready for an area title and after that we can move on. He’s got a big future in the sport.”

The belief within Blackledge’s camp spiralled after the 21-year-old maintained his unblemished record with a ninth professional triumph over experienced foe Matthew Barney at Hermitage Leisure Centre in Whitwick, Leicestershire.

The fight went the distance of six rounds though referee Robert Chalmers announced a 60-53 points victory, suggesting a comfortable win for Blackledge.

Blackledge’s progression has been relentless, andhas got people in the business talking, especially now that he’s ranked 13 in Britain.

Curtis added: He’ll just keep on climbing. I imagine the fights will start coming to us now.

“He’s ready for a title shot any time soon but we need to make sure that we take the right fights at the right time.

“I’m confident he can beat anyone put in front of him.”