Kirkham boxer Adam Little is bidding to become a national champion later this month.
The 24-year-old will fight for the English welterweight title against Sunderland’s Lee Mould at the Hilton Hotel, in Blackpool, on Saturday, June 27.
The showdown promises to be a battle of the rising stars, as 25-year-old Mould is unbeaten in eight professional fights, while Little takes an unblemished 12-bout record into the contest.
Little is looking to move to the next level after getting his career back on track last year.
After turning professional under former world champion Ricky Hatton in 2011, the former Preston’s College pupil quickly racked up eight victories, but injury and illness prevented him from entering into the ring at all in 2013.
However, he was busy in 2014, earning four wins, including in December when he defeated Ryan Hardy on points over 10 rounds at the Hilton Hotel to claim the Central Area belt.
Now managed by Neil Marsh and trained by ex-boxer Alan Levene, Little said he was excited about the prospect of stepping back in the ring and fighting for an English title.
“The fight was originally scheduled as a defence of the Central Area belt I won last year but Neil has managed to get me a shot at the English.
“I’m made up with my progress over the past year or so. With Neil, I’ve fought for – and won – my first title, and now I’m fighting for an even bigger and better belt.
“Once I’ve won this I’m really in the mix for a shot at the British title. I’d love to bring a Lonsdale belt back to Kirkham.”
Previous winners of the English welterweight title include Bradley Skeete, Lee Purdy and Chorley’s Michael Jennings – who all went on to challenge for domestic, European and even world honours.
Levene sees no reason why Little cannot join those names at the top level.
He said: “Adam is a joy to train. He listens and takes on board what you tell him. He has a great chance to win the belt in front of his own fans.”
Also on the same bill are two world-rated Russian stars, who will be making their debuts in an English ring. Middleweight Andrey Meryasev and welterweight David Avanesyan are both ranked in the world’s top 15.
Tickets for the show are priced at £60 standard and £100 for VIP black tie, that also includes dinner, and can be purchased from Alan Levene on 07896 831520 or Adam Little on 07585 771305.
Meanwhile, Preston trainer Johnney Roye, in association with MGM Marbella and Harrison Promotions, will be staging a pro boxing night this Saturday at Evoque Nightclub, in Church Street.
South African former world champion Tshifhiwa Munyai, who works under Roye’s tutelage in Preston, is the star attraction and he faces Michael Roberts at super-bantamweight.
Other fighters on the bill include Ashley Peyton, Denton Vassell and Colin Farricker.
Tickets are priced at £30 standard with VIPs £50. Doors open at 5.30pm with the first fight scheduled for 6.30pm.
For tickets call Johnney Roye on 07946270758 or Lorna Roye on 07904762990.