Having lost his last three fights, and championship belt, Sleaford boxer Amir Unsworth says it’s time to ‘put-up or shut-up’.
A professional boxer for more than five years, Amir goes toe-to-toe with Birmingham’s Chris Truman in a 10-round clash in Lincoln on March 2.
The British Masters light-welterweight title will be up for grabs when the pair meet at the North Kesteven Leisure Centre, North Hykeham, and Amir’s manager Carl Greaves said it’s a fight Amir, the former Midlands Area lightweight champion, simply has to win if he wants to continue to compete against the better boxers in the country.
Amir said: “Before my last fight against Kev Hooper I had to drain myself to make the lightweight limit and my body didn’t have time to recover. I still think I won the fight and was pleased with my performance, but this fight is at 10-stone and it’ll suit me a lot better.
“Truman is very tough, he’s won eight from 12 fights and I chose to box him because he never takes a backwards step, which is my style.
“I was ringside last year when he lost to Derby’s Dave Ryan and he wasn’t at his best, but I know he’s a lot better than that.
“I’m expecting a really hard fight, but I know if I box to my best I’ll win.
“I’m 32 now but I think I’ve got a few years left in boxing and I really want to push on and fight some big names and challenge for the big titles.
“If I get into the ring on March 2 and don’t perform then I really won’t have any place to go, so it’s time for me to put-up or shut-up!”
The Heckington-based boxer, who has won 13 of 20 bouts, has been granted time off from the Army to prepare for his big fight.
His regiment 1 Mercian are currently serving in Afghanistan and Amir said he’s fighting for his fellow soldiers.
Also, in April he’s running the London Marathon to raise money for the 1 Mercian Benevolent Fund, which is dedicated to helping the families of fallen and injured troops.
Amir said: “I hope to have around 20 soldiers at the fight as some are still in the UK, and I always have great support from my fans in Sleaford and Warrington. My daughter, Teigan Brooke, will be watching too and I’ve never lost in front of her.
“I can promise the fans an incredible fight.”
Tickets for the show are available from the New Image Gym, Gorgeous Tanning Shop in Sleaford, or direct from Amir on 07909 227284.