With two first round KO victories under his belt in 2016, Morrison is keen to secure his first title as a professional and prove he can pack a punch at middleweight.
“I am delighted to be fighting for my first title in Manchester,” said, Morrison. “I was a big Super-Welterweight, so I have no doubt that my power will still be too much for my opponents at 160lbs.
“I was happy with both of my performances so far this year. They were both early nights, and I think now it is time I got some rounds in and moved up.
“There is no reason why I can’t be in the mix at English level, and I think in the next 12 to 18 months there is no reason why I won’t be in contention for the British titles as well.
“Saturday is a huge night for my gym mate Anthony Crolla. When you hear about fighters becoming a World champion they always say it is harder to stay at the top because you are gunned for but I think this Anthony is a genuine World champion, and I think he will be there for a long time. He has prepared well, here has studied Barroso, and I think the game plan will come off and come Sunday morning he will still have his belt.”
Morrison’s bout takes place on the undercard of Anthony Crolla’s world title clash with Venezuela’s, Ismael Barroso.
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