Ever since Jamie Moore first lifted the British light middleweight in April 2003, a mouth-watering challenge by two-weight Southern Area champion and former European title challenger David Walker has been mooted.
Finally it’s on.
Despite being with rival promoters, two of Britain’s most popular and entertaining boxers will meet at the GH Carnall Leisure Centre in Manchester on September 23rd (Sky Sports 1).
“Because we are similar, I think this just might be fight of the year,” said Hennessy Sports promoted former ABA champion Walker.
“We are both heavy handed, very attacking, come forward fighters who put everything on the line every time we fight.
“That is why I can’t see this being anything other than explosive.”
Walker added: “There are going to be no hiding places in that ring."
“Whatever the result, neither of us will come out of this fight thinking we haven’t given it our absolute all."
“We are just not that type of fighter. We are honest pro’s who are full of desire. Both of us have shown that in the past by climbing off the canvas to win.”
Naturally Walker heralded as Britain’s most exciting boxer for his edge of your seat displays sees only one winner.
“I am full of respect for Moore,” he continued. “He has won the British title outright and, like I say, I see a lot of myself in him."
“But I am going to have a shock for him.”
Walker added: “I am coming to war - fully equipped.”
“I have no other option. This is the biggest fight of my life."
“I know I fought Roman Karmazin (now IBF champion) for the European title, but I wasn’t right that night and went in as a massive underdog."
“This is completely different. It is practically do or die. If I don’t win it is going to be very difficult for me to rebuild.”
Whilst he doesn’t need any, Walker will receive further motivation from the fact that he is fulfilling a long held ambition.
“It was a childhood dream of mine to box for the British title. I believe the Lonsdale belt is the most famous in boxing,” ‘Kid Dynamite’ explained.
“I can’t put into words how delighted I am that this fight has come off."
“I am going to repay the work everyone - especially my promoter Mick Hennessy and trainer Robert McCracken - have put in by winning the British title."
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