Little ready for showdown

Kirkham boxer Adam Little has laid out a clear statement of intent as he prepares for his Commonwealth title eliminator in Blackpool on Saturday night.

Tuesday, 13th September 2016, 6:55 am
Updated Tuesday, 13th September 2016, 9:55 am
Adam Little takes on Martin Gethin this weekend

Little takes on Martin Gethin at the Hilton Hotel with the winner in line for a crack at John Wayne Hibbert’s Commonwealth super-lightweight belt.

And Little warned: “Gethin has had his time. I am going to make him feel like an old man.”

While Little, 25, has won all his fights – save for a controversial loss at the hands of Sam Matkin – Gethin is a veteran at 32, and he has been in with some of the big names at domestic level.

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He has fought Terry Flanagan, Derry Matthews and Tommy Coyle, losing to all three.

Gethin has won 26, lost seven and drawn one and is a past holder of the British lightweight title, now held by Lytham’s Scott Cardle.

But this is very much a make-or-break contest for Gethin and his final chance to mix it at this level.

The incentive is very much there too for Little, who has had high-class sparring for Saturday night’s contest.

He has been sparring with Kiryl Relikh, the fighter from Belarus, who is preparing for a big night on his own account and a meeting with Ricky Burns for the World Boxing Association world super-lightweight title in Glasgow on October 7.

Little said his preparation had gone ‘perfectly’.

“I am now just working on my speed work . The sparring with Kiryl Relikh has gone well and I have got a lot of confidence from that. Gethin is tough, robust and throws plenty of shots, but in my opinion he is fighter who has had his time and I won’t let him take charge on Saturday.

“Everybody can go in with a game-plan, but then you have to adapt depending on how a fight is going.”

Gethin said he was hoping to feel the benefit of stepping up in weight, as opposed to Little who is going in the opposite direction. He said: “With putting the extra weight on, I’m hoping to be stronger, instead of feeling a bit drained like I had been at lightweight.

“I’m hoping to get back to British title level.”