Luke Blackledge feels fellow super-middleweight David Brophy made the wrong decision to favour a fight with George Groves over a shot at the Commonwealth title.
The pair had been scheduled to lock horns at the Macron Stadium on May 13th as chief support to Jack Catterall’s WBO Inter-Continental super-lightweight title fight with Joe Hughes.
However, with the offer of a better pay packet on the table, the Scot withdrew from the contest only to be crushed by Groves inside four rounds at the O2 Arena.
BoxNation’s Frank Warren has had a replacement opponent approved by the Council though an official announcement is yet to be made.
Blackledge, 25, who had been approached to spar with ‘Saint George’ ahead of the aforementioned bout, said: “I really wanted to defend my belt against a UK-based top 10 fighter.
“It looked like the Brophy fight would go ahead but he pulled out to fight Groves. He had been calling me out for ages and when the opportunity arose he didn’t go through with it.
“He got battered and ate everything that Groves chucked at him. It serves him right really but that defeat won’t do him any favours. He was punished badly and fights like that can have a very negative effect.”
He added: “He must’ve been confident going in to it but I knew exactly what was going to happen. I knew he would get stopped because Groves is a class above and one of the biggest punchers in the division.
“I think I would’ve smashed him. I can’t just go off that display against Groves but I was confident of beating him. I still want to fight those names.”
Blackledge has already been made aware of the man that stands in his way of a second defence of his strap.
The currently anonymous overseas fighter is believed to have shared a ring with Martin Murray in the past hence why Blackledge has called on the help of the Merseysider.
“He fought Murray at middleweight so I’ve been sparring with him in preparation,” said Blackledge. “He told me that he’s a big puncher but I’ll beat him if I stick to my boxing.
“I’m flying at the moment. I’m on top of the world and buzzing for this next fight. I’m going to win this fight in good fashion and then make the next step up.”
Meanwhile, Blackledge is holding an auction where the highest bidder will walk out to the ring holding his Commonwealth belt next month.
The money raised will be used to buy tickets for the event for youngsters who attend local boxing clubs and youth clubs.
The individual who makes the highest bid will also be presented with a t-shirt, signed posters, gloves and a ringside seat.
Anyone wishing to make a bid, with the opening offer starting at £500, contact 07841 115072. Tickets are also still available for the show.