Felix Cash has his sights set on the Lonsdale belt currently held by Liam Williams and believes that winning the Commonwealth title will help him secure the title shot he so desires.
On February 2, Cash will get the chance to secure that Commonwealth strap, when he faces Nigeria’s Rasheed Abolaji.
Cash lay claim to the WBC International Silver title in October 2018 when he overcame Stephen Danyo and the Copper Box in London.
The undefeated prospect will now look to add another belt to his collection before targeting Liam Williams.
“A shot at a good domestic belt has been a long time coming,” said Cash. “The Commonwealth title is right up there, and hopefully once I get my hands on it, more fighters will be tempted to get in the ring with me. We’ve been trying to make big fights for a while now, but opponents have always priced themselves out or messed us around.
“I’ve flown under the radar a little bit for the past couple of years but my last fight was a title fight, and this is for the Commonwealth. When I get the win on February 2, I can start targeting some big names in the domestic Middleweight division and show everyone what I’m really about when I step up.
“I’m looking forward to going in there and putting on a performance. The plan is to get the Commonwealth and then I want to go for the British. I’m taking things one fight at a time, but I’ve got full confidence in my abilities. Liam Williams holds the British, and that’s a fight that could happen this year.
“I’ve sparred Liam before, and he’s a good fighter. He boxed very well in his last fight – he looked class. You’d be lying if you said he didn’t, but I’m very confident in my abilities. I’ve sparred multiple World Champions, and I know what I’ve been doing to them, and they know too. Sparring is sparring, but it’s the closest thing to fighting. I know how good I am and it’s my time to show everyone.”
Abolaji has notched up six knockouts in his 11 career wins and has previously challenged for the Commonwealth middleweight title, taking Sam Sheedy the distance in 2017.
“He’s quite dangerous early on so I’ll have to stick to my boxing, break him down and then go to work on him. He’s a bit of a hooker and doesn’t throw many straights. Tony says he’s very tough, so I’ll have to go down and work the body. He’ll be the best opponent I’ve faced to date, but I fully expect to come away with the win.”