Clitheroe’s Luke Blackledge has won all five fights and picked up two belts along the way since he last flew to Germany to share a ring with WBO World champion Arthur Abraham.
The 25-year-old has stopped Darren McKenna, taken the WBC International Silver strap with victory over Philip Kotey, brushed aside Konstantin Alexandrov, claimed the Commonwealth crown when beating Liam Cameron and defended his reign as champion when getting the verdict against Lee Markham. He’s also landed a three-year deal with Frank Warren’s BoxNation promotion.
Speaking to the Advertiser from an Olympic training facility just outside Berlin, Blackledge said: “I’m training like a machine. It’s really good and I’m really enjoying it. The training has been really tough and a little bit old school. There’s been plenty of running and sparring but it’s great because I’m in a camp full of European and World champions.
“It has been a great experience for me because I’m surrounded by champions in different sports. I’m in an Olympic training facility near Berlin and it’s filled with different athletes training for different things.”
He added: “I was due to go back at the weekend but they’ve asked me to stay so I’m going to make the most of it. I’ve sparred Abraham a good few times now and it’s gone really well. I’m always learning from it and it will help me when I make another step up. This experience will have me ready to go again.
“It was a great opportunity for me to come to Germany again and I grabbed it with both hands. I feel like I’ve stepped it up again. Hopefully I’ll have another big fight before Christmas which will build up to a big 2016 for me.”
Last year Blackledge helped the Armenian fighter prepare for his contest with Serbian foe Nikola Sjekloca and this time Abraham faces a tough encounter with Brit Martin Murray at the Tui Arena in Hannover on November 21st.
“Martin Murray is a really good, under-rated, world class fighter,” said Blackledge. “Arthur Abraham is getting on a bit and if anyone can beat him it’s Martin. It’s a tough fight for both of them but I can see Martin doing it.
“He’ll have to be convincing though, or even stop him, if he’s going to be given the verdict in Germany. They are world class and it’s going to be a huge fight.”
Blackledge is also eagerly anticipating the domestic dust up between Callum Smith and Rocky Fielding for the prized Lonsdale Belt at the Echo Arena on Saturday.
“This is a big domestic fight and I can’t wait for it,” he said. “It’s going to be a wicked fight and it’s one of the best British match-ups at 168lbs. I reckon Rocky could stop him because he’s a strong, powerful unit but he’ll have to watch out for Callum’s body shots.
“They are both big super-middleweights, both in good form and it will be an interesting one. It will be an exciting fight in an exciting division and it will shape things up again. I’m not chasing either of them but I want another big fight against another top 10 fighter.”