Scotty Cardle will seek to win the Lord Lonsdale belt outright when he defends his British lightweight title against current English champion, Robbie Barrett, at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on April 15th.
Barrett who recently captured the English title away from home against Marcus Ffrench will feel confident that he can snatch the strap from Cardle in Glasgow.
Cardle, however, will be spurred on to win the belt outright with one more victory, having already secured two wins and a draw as the champion.
“I’m over the moon to be getting the chance to win the belt outright,” said Cardle. “I’ve defended it many times now, but with the draw, I need one more to get my hands on it – and that’s always been the aim, it’s something special and what I’ve always dreamed of.
“The last time I boxed in Glasgow I thought that was the one for me to win it outright, but it’s no stress to fight for it again as I’m proud to be British champion and I love defending it, and to do it in Glasgow is special for my family and me.
“I’d sparred a few times with Kevin but that’s all I had to go on to prepare for the fight, and he got the better of me in those spars, to be honest, so I was a bit nervous. I knew I had to be at my best and luckily enough I was, I felt great and I’m hoping to produce the same clinical performance as that.
“I haven’t seen much of Robbie, but Kevin has told me a bit about him, and I leave that to Joe to study. He’s a southpaw and a good boxer coming off two strong wins, so we’ll look back to my performances against Southpaws like Maxi Hughes and Craig Evans and make sure I’m on that kind of form.
“I don’t want to stand still, there’s a place on my mantelpiece for the Lonsdale belt, and once I’ve got that for keeps I want to move on through the stages. The Lightweight scene in Britain is a World scene anyway; Terry Flanagan is a World Champion, and Luke Campbell is at World level, so if I do fight those guys I am moving forward.
“I really want the European title next, I’d love to fight Edis Tatli, and I’d be more than happy to go to Finland to take it from him – I’ve boxed all over the world as an amateur so that wouldn’t faze me in the slightest.”
Cardle vs. Barrett will feature on an exciting card, headed up by a super lightweight unification contest between Ricky Burns and Julius Indongo.
Also on the undercard; Callum Johnson faces Schiller Hyppolite, Charlie Edwards and Iain Butcher square off for the vacant British super flyweight title and Team GB Olympian, Josh Kelly, makes his professional debut.
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