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Upton aiming to “right a wrong” against Paddock

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Next Sunday’s English title fight is more than just a chance to win a first belt for Belfast-raised light welterweight Anto Upton [12(4)-1(0)].

For Upton, the clash with Luke Paddock at the Cannock Leisure Centre is also the opportunity to “right a wrong” that has been gnawing at him since last December.

The youngest Upton brother lost to Joe Hughes for the same title at the end of last year, and the defeat has only served to drive on the 24 year old.

“I’m going to be leaving the ring without that title this time,” he explained.

“Losing to Joe Hughes hurt, but it also made me more determined and I won’t let my fans down next Sunday.”

“I’ve had the best camp of my life and I just want to get in there and do the business now. It’s about making a wrong a right.”

The challenged posed by home fighter Paddock [14(1)-1(0)] is a substantial one. Also 24, ‘Cool Hand’ is a former BBBoC Midlands Area champ and has gone ten rounds three times.

Upton respects his opponent and admits that “he’s a good fighter by the looks of things.”

“I’ve had a look at some clips of him on YouTube and he’s a decent counter puncher.”

“I think I have a good idea what his style is going to be like and I’ll be ready for whatever he throws at me.”

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie