Matty on the box for Duncan bout

Matty Clarkson faces Lee Duncan in Sheffield this weekend
Matty Clarkson faces Lee Duncan in Sheffield this weekend
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Preston boxer Matty Clarkson is eagerly anticipating his debut appearance on terrestrial television on Saturday.

The light-heavyweight star puts his Central Area title on the line against Lee Duncan at Ponds Forge in Sheffield, live on Channel Five.

The winner of the bout will move into the semi-finals of the MaxiNutrition Knockout tournament and will also put themselves in line for a shot at the English title.

With 11 wins and just one defeat on his record, 27-year-old Clarkson is the heavy favourite against Duncan, who has lost more than half of his 15 professional bouts.

Clarkson said: “I’m excited, it’s terrestrial TV, not everybody has Sky, but everybody has Channel Five.

“It will get my name out there more, boxing on a bigger network than I have been doing and I’m looking forward to it.”

“We’ve been preparing for a normal 10 round fight, I don’t cut corners, I live the sport. I’m feeling really good.

“I’m a driven individual. I’m that kind of person, I’m locked in, I know what I need to do – I don’t take my foot off the gas.”

Duncan, who hails from the Steel City, will have a raucous home crowd behind him and Clarkson insisted he will 
not be underestimating his 25-year-old opponent.

“Lee is a typical Brendan Ingle fighter – he’ll come and he’ll frustrate you and he’ll do things that you won’t expect,” said Clarkson, who is trained by Johnney Roye.

“His record suggests that he’s not that good but he is and we’re not underestimating him by any margin.

“The fans can expect to see variety this weekend.”

Unreserved tickets for the fight night are priced at £35, with ringside tickets at £100 and are available to purchase by calling 0114 223 3777.