British title challenger Luke Blackledge has declared that he’s in the best shape of his life – but has vowed to be in even more impressive physical form when he fronts up to Callum Smith.
The 26-year-old has followed his training regime and dietary programme to the letter in preparation for his clash with the champion at the Manchester Arena on November 26th, and his strict, almost militant, lifestyle has paid off.
The Clitheroe fighter is looking more defined, he’s hitting harder, feeling stronger, moving quicker, thinking clearer and is ultimately a fitter, more rounded, specimen.
All the graft and craft at home and in the gym is being executed with his shot at the stunning Lonsdale belt in mind, but Blackledge has got another outing to consider first.
The former Commonwealth king takes on Josef Obeslo, of the Czech Republic, at Bolton Whites Hotel, located at the Macron Stadium, on Saturday.
“I’ve not really seen much of him but we’ve continued training towards the Callum Smith fight. We’ve tried getting an opponent who is tall and powerful so I can put everything in to practice,” he said.
“Training hasn’t changed at all because we’re working towards my British title fight. I’m taking nothing away from this opponent at all but I’m in top shape and ready to get a few rounds under my belt.”
Blackledge added: “It’s the best shape that I’ve been in during my career but I’ll still be in even better shape when I face Callum Smith next month.
“Training has gone really well but you can’t replicate an actual fight scenario. That’s why I wanted this run out because it’ll help me get rid of the ring rust. I’ve had some world class sparring too in readiness to fight a world class fighter so I’m looking forward to it.
“I don’t want to leave any stone unturned. I haven’t cut any corners in terms of diet, nutrition, training and running. Everything is coming together really well. I’m hitting the top end in terms of fitness and strength.”
Blackledge is hoping to put on a show during his six-round contest, which will be screened live on BoxNation, but he won’t be taking any unnecessary risks.
Blackledge, who will fly out to Germany to spar with Tyron Zeuge at his Berlin base camp once again, said: “I’m not going to take any unnecessary risks but I want to look good without sustaining any injuries. If the knockout comes, it comes.
“I’ll be looking to make a bit of a statement live on BoxNation. A good win sets me up nicely going in to the Callum Smith fight.”
Anybody wishing to purchase tickets for Luke’s upcoming fight can contact the super-middleweight boxer on 07703 348207.