Luke Wilton knows he will have to box the ears off Lee Satchell in Liverpool if he is to get his hands on the British and Commonwealth Flywight titles.
East Belfast lad Wilton enters the lion’s den on February 23 knowing that he is going to have to put on the performancre of his professional career to dethrone Satchell in his own backyward.
But Wilton is going into the fight in a rich vein of form and says he knows what he has to do.
“To make sure of beating him I will have to stop him. To beat him on points in his own backyard will be very difficult.
“I know what I have to do and my dad Alio and Bernarco Checa will come up with a gameplan and it is my job to execute that plan.
“I believe I will wear him down, break his heart and stop him in the later rounds.
“But we will see what happens on the night, but I am confident of getting the job done,” said Wilton.
And Wilton says preparation has gone very well.
“I am in the last week of the training and by the time it finishes I will have sparred over a 100 rounds.
“I am feeling fit and strong and I am now just looking forward to going to Liverpool and winning the fight,” he added.
And Wilton says watching Carl Frampton winning the European title at the Odyssey last weekend has given him inspiration.
“It was great for Carl and the atmosphere at the Odyssey was out of this world.
“He showed what can be done and the more belts we have here the better.
“I know Carl and he is a nice guy, so I was delighted for him. He has shown the rest of us the way forward and we now all have to keep boxing in Belfast on the upward curve it is on.
“The Odyssey was buzzing for Carl’s fight and more titles we have here, the better it is for boxing in Belfast,” said Wilton.
Scouser Satchell (9-0) will be a big favourite when he faces Wilton (13-2-1) but promoter Frank Maloney says there will be loads of support for Wilton at the Arena on the night.
“The response from the Belfast fans has been remarkable and the first 300 tickets Luke took flew out of the window.
“I think Luke will have at least another 200 fans in the arena that will be looking to have a big weekend in Liverpool.
“Luke knows he cannot let his fans down and he will give Kevin all the trouble he can handle and more.”
Maloney has worked with 24-year-old Luke before but believes he has improved considerably.
The promoter recalled: “I can remember him losing a four rounder on one of my bills and wondered where he might go.
“But all credit to Luke who has shown through hard work and knuckling down you can get to the top.
“He has managed to win his last nine fights and deserves his chance against Satchell.”
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