WBO European Super-Featherweight Champion, Archie Sharp, is confident a showdown with the British Super-Featherweight Champion, Sam Bowen, can be made.
Sharp, who claimed his title with a decision win over local rival Lyon Woodstock Jr in October, will return to the ring on April 27 at the SSE Arena, Wembley, in an eight-round contest.
Should Sharp emerge victorious on April 27, his hopes to both defend his title, while collecting a few others. Number one on that list is Sam Bowen’s British and WBO Intercontinental title’s.
“Exactly that and the Bowen fight is going to happen,” insisted the Welling-based 23-year-old. “We’re both unbeaten, we’re both with Frank [Warren], and we’re both top prospects.
“So that fight is going to happen. When it is going to happen, I am not too sure, but it will go ahead in the future. I saw an interview where they were talking about Scott Quigg, so they are chucking names about trying to go for something bigger.
“I’ve got names I would like to look at as well like Lee Selby, and Sam Bowen is amongst those names too, so we will see what happens.”
Sharp understands the threats Bowen brings and realises it would be his biggest test to date, but he remains confident in his abilities.
“[Bowen is a] Great fighter, I am a great fighter too, so it will make a great fight. One hundred per cent it is a clash of styles, he is a very strong fighter, and I am a very classy fighter. At the end of the day, I feel like it would be the Woodstock fight all over again.
“I know he is stronger than Woodstock, but I am getting stronger every day.”
There are however other looming threats, lingering in the shadows of the domestic super-featherweight scene. Zelfa Barrett is soon to return from injury, and Lyon Woodstock is keen to avenge his defeat to Sharp. Both are keen to claim titles, but Sharp believes he is above their level.
“Yes, I don’t even particularly want to mention their names. I know Lyon is out there trying to get a rematch, but they are both beaten fighters so why don’t they box each other and do what they’ve got to do.
“Once they start winning belts they can get in the mix with us.”