Boxer Amir all set for Truman show battle

Professional boxer Amir Unsworth has promised to repay his Sleaford fans for their support by giving them a fight to remember.

The former Midlands Area champion challenges Birmingham’s Chris Truman for the vacant British Masters light-welterweight title at the NK Leisure Centre, North Hykeham, on March 2.

And the Heckington-based fighter has sold all of his allocated 120 tickets with the majority bought by his home-town fans. The 32-year-old has billed his 10-round fight against Truman as a chance for redemption after last year’s championship defeat to Kev Hooper meant a third consecutive career loss.

Truman, four years younger than Amir, has also suffered similar form having recently lost to Lenny Daws and then in a title challenge to Dave Ryan.

Amir said: “This has all the ingredients needed to be a great fight. I think this is going to be a small hall classic and the fans are in for a treat. Truman’s style is very similar to mine and neither of us will take a backwards step. We’re going to be toe-to-toe from the first bell and I think the fans are going to be on the edge of their seats throughout.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for Truman, but I think I hit harder than him and I think I’m stronger – but I’m sure he thinks the same!

“It is make-or-break because the winner of this fight will move on to bigger and better things while the loser may not have any place to go.”

The public weigh-in will be held at Waterside Shopping Centre in Lincoln on Friday, March 1, which will be hosted by TV subscription channel BoxNation from 1pm.

Amir added: “My training and sparring has been great and I’m more than prepared. I want to thank all the fans for their support. My daughter Teigan Brooke is going to be watching on March 2 and I’ve never lost in front of her - and I don’t plan to.”

Amir also thanked his sponsors and his Army regiment for their support.