Clitheroe’s Luke Blackledge has been given a second bite of the Commonwealth cherry - and he’s turned to the man who denied him in his first attempt for help.
The 24-year-old super-middleweight was defeated inside the first round of his maiden shot at the title in November 2013 as champion Rocky Fielding retained the strap.
The pair shared a ring once again at Alex Matvienko’s Elite Boxing base in Bolton as Blackledge readies himself for a top-of-the-bill contest against Liam Cameron at Blackburn’s King George’s Hall on April 4th.
Now the WBC International Silver supremo is determined to add the accolade that his Liverpudlian sparring partner was forced to relinquish when failing to make weight against Charles Adamu at the Echo Arena 12 months ago.
“I’m buzzing, it’s great news,” Blackledge said. “I’ve finally got a big fight. It’s a big title fight in front of my home crowd and I’m confident I can do the business.
“I fought for the Commonwealth in 2013 so it’s great to get another shot at it. Hopefully it will pay off for me this time. I won’t be rushing things like last time.”
Blackledge, who has also been polishing his preparations opposite Brian Rose, added: “Rocky is a bit like the kid that I’m boxing. He’s tall and a bit of a mover. We are both in the top 10 in the UK and he’s just won an English title eliminator so it’ll be a cracking fight.
“Liam is a good boxer, a former ABA champion and he’s an awkward opponent. He’s done well as a professional and he’s got a similar record to me.
“He beat Tobias Webb in his last fight and won easily. He’ll be confident and so will I so it should be a good fight.”
With the chance of adding to his WBC fringe strap and his British and International Masters belts, Blackledge continued: “It’s great that it’s being put on in my home town as well.
“I want to add another belt to the collection. It’s a massive title. The WBC strap was a big one but this is even bigger.
“It’s a dream come true for me. I’ll be making sure everything is right for this one.
“This is the one I’ve been looking forward to the most. This one could open doors for me. I’ve been building myself back up since my last defeat and I don’t want to have to do that again.”
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