Coach David Johnson believes Welterweight O’Shane Clarke has the potential to be one of the biggest boxing stars the league has ever seen, as the young contender prepares for the start of the new season on Saturday February 7th.
The twenty-one year old former amateur from Reading will step through the ropes for his second competitive outing on the undercard of the Rise Of The Warriors promotion to meet teak tough contender Amir Saghalati from Bournemouth, and after beating former British title challenger Tommy Marcon on his debut at the 2014 season finale, and Clarke will need to produce another solid performance against Saghalati if he is to progress.
Saghalati was last in action in the league back on Season 3 when he recorded an impressive victory over new league signing Daniel Ratcliffe at the "In The Line Of Fire" promotion in West Sussex, and with title ambitions of his own Saghalati will not be intimidated as he aims for big things in 2015.
Talking ahead of Clarke’s battle with Saghalati Johnson said: “ I can see O’Shane Clarke smashing his way through the rankings this year and it won’t be long before he’s picking up titles in the competition.
"For the Marcon fight O'Shane didn't really train that hard because he'd had a few opponents pull out on him previously and I think he thought it would be the same again, but I think he learnt a valuable lesson in that fight as Marcon was no pushover and he had to dig deep in the end.
“ I’ve been around boxing for a long time and this kid has got it all. He’s a skilful fighter with a really good boxing brain that knows how to use angles, and he’s got that inner strength that you just can’t teach so I’m very excited to see how he progresses over the next 12 months starting with Saghalati on the 7th.
Also in action on the same night, Johnson’s rising Middleweight star Faraz Akram will look to continue his incredible run by notching up his fifth straight knockout victory since joining the competition.
Akram was at his devastating best back in November producing the competitions biggest KO of the season when he brutally despatched Manchester’s Rhys Yates in the second round, but the nineteen year old will face the toughest assignment of his career this time out when he meets Coventry’s Marc Dwyer.
Both Clarke and Akram will be in action on Saturday February 7th at the Millennium Copthorne Effingham Park Hotel in West Sussex for the spectacular 2015 season opener, and for the full line up click HERE.