Scarborough boxer Shaun Ireland insists he’s more than ready to make the step up in class as he takes on unbeaten Tommy Chadburn next month.
Ireland’s last fight against Ryan Hanson ended in frustration after a nasty clash of heads brought the bout to a premature end after just one round.
But the Westway-based man is taking the step up to six rounds against the unbeaten Chadburn on Saturday February 27, while also dropping down to super bantamweight in the process.
Ireland said: “I’m more than ready to step up.
“The last fight was frustrating but it was just an unlucky clash of heads, I’m ready and raring to go in and put on a performance.
“I haven’t looked at Chadburn at all to be honest. I have looked at previous opponents and had last minute changes, so I’ll leave it a bit longer this time around I think.”
The Scarborough man isn’t fazed by the quicker than expected step up from four rounds to six.
“I feel ready to go six rounds now,” added Ireland.
“I’m always in good shape anyway, and I feel I will get stronger as the fight progresses.
“These are fights I’m goingt to have to win if I’m going to do anything in boxing, and I wanted to go to six rounds as soon as possible, so I am pleased that we’ve made the fight and that I am making the step up in class already.
“I don’t want to be protected by fighting journeymen forever, this is just the fight that I wanted and I’m looking forward to getting in there and doing the business.”
Ireland’s promoted Stefy Bull added: “I wanted Shaun to do one more four-round fight, but with the disappointment of nasty injury from last fight I wanted to lift Shaun’s spirits because he was feeling down about letting his supporters down.
“What better way to repay them than stepping up to six rounds and beating an unbeaten prospect to prove he is the real deal and show he’s ready to top bills in his home town.”
Tickets are available via Shaun on 07826 064649, priced £40 standard and £65 ringside, including a meal.