Undefeated Akeem Ennis Brown – aka ‘Riiddy’ – is aiming to become the first boxer from Gloucester to win British & Commonwealth super-lightweight titles.
The talented southpaw (13-0, 1 KO) takes on Philip Bowes (20-3, 3 KOs) at York Hall on Friday night having already claimed WBC Youth, English and IBF European crowns by the age of just 24.
As he prepares to add two more belts to his collection, Brown is buoyed by the support of his city.
Brown said: “My Gloucester army is amazing. They always come out in full force things won’t be any different for this fight.
“I’m fighting for two big titles in the British & Commonwealth and I have the whole city backing me. I’m going to bring the titles back home.
“I was supposed to be in the #GoldenContract and I said from the start that I believe I have what it takes to beat everyone in that tournament too, so I would happily take on the winner – but first I’m focused on winning these titles.
“I’ve never sparred Philip Bowes but he fought for the vacant English title against Glenn Foot and came up short before I beat Foot to take the title off him.
“I believe Bowes fought the wrong fight against Foot and I just came and did it the right way.”
Brown was last in action outpointing the previously-unbeaten Bilal Rehman in Cardiff back in March in the first defence of his IBF European strap.