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Stafford boxer confident of title

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: August 16, 2014

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STAFFORD’S Grant Cunningham will be on the title trail when he steps into the ring this autumn.

The unbeaten super middleweight will face Kieron Gray for the British Bronze Masters title.

It will be Cunningham’s first title and he says Gray is made for him.

“He’s a tough lad and he’s been in there with some of Britain’s top prospects so he’s quite experienced. He’s had 30 odd pro fights.”

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Those fights include the professional debut of London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo in April.

“He’s quite raw but not technically very good but he takes a good shot and keeps coming forward,” said Cunningham.

The 30-year-old has been noticeably sharper since he sparred with World Champion Carl Froch in preparation for his fight against George Groves in May.

It’s a massive confidence booster being there and holding my own with someone so well respected in the game. It was a totally new level. Everything he did was better than everything I’m used to. He’s tougher, the quality of his shots was better, he’s the world champion. It was a massive learning curve and I took quite a lot away from it. People said they could see the difference in me.”

That confidence is still there and he is in the mood for a mash up in the eight rounder.

“The more rounds the better. Everyone who knows me knows I don’t get warmed up until the third round so eight rounds suits me perfectly. And he’s a come forward type of fighter which I like – counter punching is my thing so he’s the perfect fighter to show people what I can do.”

Cunningham is not into predictions but has no doubt he will get the title.

“It will end how it ends. All I know is I’m going to win and it will take me to 10-0. I’m quite well known already, I’ve fought on television and I’m nearly in the top 20 rankings so it’s got to open doors for me.”

The show, on Saturday, October 4, takes place at Chase Leisure Centre, in Stafford Road, Cannock, which marks a return for boxing in the area.

Promoter Errol Johnson said: ““It’s been a while since professional boxing has taken place in the area and we’re going to give them a show to remember. We’ve got a great top of the bill encounter. Grant is a good prospect and Kieron is a real warrior so it will be a good fight.

“We’ve got a solid undercard too, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Tickets, priced at £30 and £50 Ringside, are available by calling 07891 263167.

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