Jason Welborn insists that he has what it takes to bring a halt to Marcus Morrison’s rise in the middleweight division when they square off at the Manchester Arena on March 25th.
Morrison will defend his WBC International Title on the night, but Welborn wants more than just a belt on Saturday evening.
Having put in a solid performance against Matthew Macklin, Welborn is keen to become a regular feature on Matchroom cards and believes he possesses too much for Morrison.
“No disrespect to Marcus, but he is somewhere I want to be,” said Welborn. “He has the support of Eddie Hearn, and he is getting on these big bills. I am here now, and I am coming to win. I am coming for him, and I will go for it tonight. He will need to be switched on, and I want him to come to me and give it what he has got.
“If he thinks he is the next up and coming, he has got to get me out of the way, and I am not going to let him.
“He is a stylish boxer but I know what I have to do to beat him and I will use my experience. In the last year, I have been up and down, so they probably think they have caught me at the right time, but mentally everything is there now.
“I have MTK managing me, so I am not doing things on my own, I have a team and sponsorship behind me. I have had a good eight-week camp where I have got stuck into my training.
“I have loads left in the tank. The times when I have had my shots have been last-minute notice, and it has been hard. This time I have had a good eight-week camp like I should have been doing when I have had opportunities in the past.
“There is plenty left in me, but I need to establish myself at this level. I can’t afford to be dropping back down to little shows now. After the Macklin fight, I wanted to stay at that level, and you would have seen the best of me but now is perfect timing. I have to prove myself at this weight.
“I am a strong Light-Middleweight. So, when I got the call for this fight at Middleweight, I knew I would be strong there too. I just wanted to get into camp, enjoy it and get stuck in again.”
Welborn and Linares will meet on the undercard of an event headlined by the highly anticipated World Lightweight unification rematch between Jorge Linares and Anthony Crolla.
Also on the card, Martin J Ward will defend his British Super-Featherweight crown against Maxi Hughes. Brian Rose and Jack Arnfield will throw down in the ‘Battle of Blackpool.’ Katie Taylor faces former title challenger, Milena Kovleva, and Hosea Burton will seek a return to winning ways after his thrilling battle with Frank Buglioni.
Tickets are on sale priced at £40, £60, £80, £100 and £150 and available from www.manchesterarena.com or by calling 0844 847 8000. VIPs tickets are exclusively available through www.matchroomboxing.com priced at £250.
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