Amir hoping to punch his way to a first ‘home’ victory

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BOXING champion Amir Unsworth is determined to put on a great show for his Sleaford fans as he makes his first appearance in his home town for two years.

Unsworth, who ripped the Midlands Area lightweight title from champion Steve Saville in December, is boxing at Northgate Sports Hall on March 12.

And the Warrington-born boxer who has twice been defeated in title fights at the hall said he is delighted to be fighting in his adopted home town.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to fighting in Sleaford.

“With this credit crunch and everything else, it can be an expensive night for my fans who travel up and down the country to see me fight. So, now I’m boxing in the local area, the fans have a chance to come out and see me.”

The serving soldier needed only three rounds to knock out Saville in a thrilling fight in Doncaster to win his first professional title.

This time though he won’t be defending his belt. His manager Carl Greaves has instead arranged a six round fight.

Carl explained: “Amir’s not defending his title, the reason being there’s nobody suitable in the Midlands at the minute who would probably stand up to him.

“There’s a good, unbeaten fighter called Chris Truman, from Birmingham, and I can see him putting in a challenge for Amir’s belt soon.

“But if he doesn’t then we’re going to aim for the English title.”

Unsworth, a Physical Training Instructor with the Mercian regiment, has been given seven weeks off from the army to prepare for this fight.

And he plans to continue the winning formula of training in Newark with Carl and at the New Image Gym in Sleaford as he looks to build on last year’s success.

Amir said: “Last year it was great to win the Midlands title and I’m happy that I beat a good champion in what was his first defence.

“This year I want to defend the title and then I’d love to fight Walsall’s Martin Gethin - he’s the lightweight champion of England. My main target is to fight for the English belt, so whether Martin’s got it or not I want to fight for that.

“First though I want to put the record straight and get a win in Sleaford. I’ve had two slip ups here in the past and I’m not going to let that happen again now.

“I want to keep impressing and build off this good win. I’m going to train just as hard for this even though it is a non-title fight. I can’t afford to just sit back now.”

Amir’s opponent will be named shortly. There will be five fights on the night featuring boxers from around the region.

Tickets for the Sleaford fight are available from Amir on 07909 227284 or at the New Image Gym.