Tyson Fury’s cousin next for Clitheroe boxer

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FIVE star fighter Luke Blackledge will be looking to unleash the Fury when he next enters the ring.

The 21-year-old will follow up his fifth triumph in the professional ranks against light-middleweight prospect Phill Fury, the cousin of British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Tyson Fury who took both titles after beating Dereck Chisora in July.

It will be the biggest bout in the boxer’s burgeoning career against an opponent who boasts 10 victories from 11 fights. That defeat came in his penultimate contest against Peter Vaughan at Wembley Arena in July. But Blackledge is confident of further success when the two go head-to-head at Event City, in Trafford Park, Manchester, on November 12th.

“I can’t wait for it,” said Blackledge. “He’s got a good record but I feel confident that I can beat him. I’ve got to lose a bit of weight for the bout which isn’t a problem. This is the perfect fight for me.”

That intrepid outlook no doubt stems from the impressive demolition of debutant Joe Ryan Walsh at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre in Manchester. His opposite number, who hails from Sussex, last just 98 seconds before stepping on to a strong left hook from Blackledge and tumbling to the canvas.

“I stopped him in the first round,” said the Ribble Valley fighter. “I caught him with a left hook early in the round which hurt him. Then I caught him with another, he stepped off, and then rolled underneath another hook but I caught him on the side of his head with my forearm and he went down. He was out of it and needed gas and air to get him up.”

Anybody wishing to purchase tickets for Blackledge’s next bout can contact him on 07547 535708.