Little making final defence

Adam Little (right)
Adam Little (right)
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Little making final defence

Even in the event of a successful defence at the Hilton Hotel in Blackpool next week, Little is likely to move down a weight and campaign in future at light-welter.

He has already had one successful foray at light-welter, beating Sylvain Chapelle on points in a non-title contest in Monaco.

Since then, Little has had a period training in the United States, and his camp see him having a big future at light-welter.

His trainer Alan Levene, himself a former professional, said: “We will be looking for a good, solid defence against Pearce and after that we will probably relinquish the belt and go down to light-welter.

“Hopefully, Adam can get himself in the mix for a British title shot.”

Little’s camp say that the English champion benefited greatly from training in the United States, catching the eye of at least one observer who knows the fight game inside out.

Levene explained: “Frankie Liles, the former world super-middleweight title holder, saw Adam work out in training and told us that he was impressed with what he had seen.”

“He said his style was not that of the usual English fighter.”

Back in England, Little has also been getting good quality sparring with Nicolas Gonzalez, the the World Boxing Council Mediterranean light-welterweight champion, as well as light-middleweight campaigner Jimmy Kelly, holding his own against the heavier boxer.

Little has won all 14 of his professional contests to date.

His December 12 rival in Blackpool, Pearce, has won 11 and drawn four.