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Leroy confident in stepping up to welterweight to face Ayinde

Queensbury Boxing League - Leroy confident in stepping up to welterweight to face Ayinde

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TOMMY LEROY has cited his confidence in moving up to welterweight to challenge Tony ‘Big Mac’ Ayinde for the vacant National title. 

Leroy will meet Ayinde on September 8, at the Epsom Downs racecourse in Surrey, on the undercard of the ‘Quest Knockout Tournament’. 

The Surrey boxer was last in action when he was on the receiving end of a points loss to Luke Cullen in February on the ‘Too Close to Call’ bill, which was a rematch from their initial draw in November on the ‘Dynamite’ show. 

“It was two tough fights, they were good fights to be in to prove I’ve got the heart there to stay in the fight,” Leroy said reflecting on the brace of fights with Cullen. 

“Personally, the last fight was one of them were everyone says it was a bit controversial, I’ve watched it and I do think I should’ve got the win, but one thing I did see in the last round was I was tiring. 

“Obviously I’ve taken from that, watched myself and bettered it and trained three times as hard and made sure there’s no mistakes as the only thing that could’ve let me down was a bit of fitness.

“I still think I won but I’ve just got to come back stronger.” 

The matchup with Ayinde will see Leroy box at welterweight for the first time, but the 18 year-old claimed the step up in division is not a risk. 

“When I boxed Luke Cullen I was at light-welterweight- but I got the call from (promoter) Ross (Minter) about fighting Ayinda at welterweight,” Leroy said. “At first I did think this wasn’t my weight but he said it was for the National title, so it’s a big opportunity again. 

“I know I’ve just got to jump straight in again, I know I’ve got the skills, I’ve got the power to get in with anyone at any age as long as they’re the same weight as me let’s get it going

“I’m not really looking for the slow route I’m looking to get straight to the top and be where I think I deserve to be. I don’t think it’s a risk, I’ve moved up the weight well and I’m comfortable at it, eating good and feeling strong. 

“At light-welterweight I had very devastating power and now I’ve built on it with the weight. The powers there, the skill is still there and I feel comfortable and ready.” 

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