Spirit of the Hellraiser
Friday 28th November 2014, Camden Centre, London WC1H 9JE
|Charlie Rice is back in the ring this week - and targeting a big fight on TV.
The Islington light-welterweight did think about quitting the ring, but had a rethink and is in action at the Camden Centre on Friday night.
He hopes a win will lead to a big fight next year.
Rice says he was offered a fight with Tommy Martin on a Sky Sports show last month and while he was unable to take it then, he hopes the fight can happen in 2015.
He said: "We were meant to fight, but I had to lose 10 lbs in six weeks, had just become a dad and just couldn't do it.
"I think the fight could happen next year.
"I hope so because fighting him doesn't faze me at all. He's got a good jab, but that's all.
"I think I will be too big and strong for him. I will walk through him and stop him."
Rice hasn't boxed since January and explaining his absence from the ring, the 22 year-old said: "I just needed a break from boxing.
"I was 12 years old when I started training and I've been training ever since.
"I went out with my mates for a while and had a laugh without watching what I eat or having to go to the gym.
"Going to the gym had become a chore.
"I was going to retire, but I sat down with my trainer and my dad and they said I have too much talent to just give up."
Bexleyheath flyweight Sammy Cantwell is also matched this week - and reckons he's going to be hitting like Hatton!
Cantwell says he's puncher harder than ever after teaming up with the body-building champion who helped turn Ricky 'The Hitman' Hatton into a pound-for-pound star.
Kerry Kayes worked as Hatton's strength and conditioning coach - and Cantwell says he's punching with more power since he started following his programme.
Billy Saunders has a big weekend ahead.
He looks to extend his unbeaten record on Friday night and 24 hours later, he will be ringside at the ExCel Arena when cousin Billy-Joe Saunders meets Chris Eubank jr in their hotly-anticipated grudge fight.
Hove puncher Navid Iran makes his return at the Camden Centre and also matched are unbeatens Dillian Whyte, Marcus Eaton, Jack Dishart and debutants Chris Baugh and Darius Skop.