Lyon Woodstock insists he would jump at the chance to fight British super-featherweight champion Sam Bowen if he was given enough notice.
The bitter local rivals are both in action at Leicester’s Morningside Arena on Saturday night, when Bowen makes the first defence of his domestic title against Jordan McCorry, live on BT Sport.
Woodstock is on the comeback trail after losing his unbeaten record to fellow prospect Archie Sharp in the same ring last October.
Bowen’s team have accused Woodstock of previously turning down the chance to challenge Bowen last month.
Woodstock blames the lack of notice, and snapped: “It was two weeks’ notice, come on man.
“What smart person that rates themselves in any kind of way is going to take a 12 round British title fight at such short notice?
“I am not selling myself short. I know my worth, what I have come here to do and what I am about.
“Had I been given enough time, I would have taken the fight 100 per-cent.”
Jordan McCorry stepped in at short notice to replace injured Ronnie Clark, but Woodstock rejected the chance.
Frank Warren promotes both boxers and seems certain to match the feuding fighters who live just 13 miles apart against each other in the coming months.
Woodstock added: “I was clinging on to hopes for this show and said; ‘Get me the Bowen fight, get me the Bowen fight. I will fight him, take the belts and it will be one of the greatest comeback ever.’
“It didn’t materialise and it is what it is, but the British title is my goal whether he has got the belt or it is vacant.
“By the end of 2019 in my head, I will be the British champion. Give me notice and I will fight Bowen.”
Woodstock is back in action at the Morningside Arena in Leicester on Saturday night in support of the British super featherweight title clash between the champion Sam Bowen and Scot Jordan McCorry. CJ Challenger and Kyle Haywood fight for the vacant Midlands Area super welterweight title takes place on the same bill. Among the other stars in action include Tommy Fury, Nathan Gorman and Sam Maxwell.
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