By Wayne Bartlett: Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng has stated he’s happy to continue learning his craft while awaiting the bigger domestic fights at light middleweight.
Speaking to SecondsOut two weeks into training for his fight on December 8 at Kensington Olympia, Ochieng has expressed his faith that the fights will come.
“I’ll just beat whoever they put in front of me,” says the Londoner.
“Brian Rose who has the British title or Jamie Cox who has the Commonwealth, if we got that shot it would be great. But I let my team sort out who I’m fighting. I just train hard, focus and beat him.”
Having burst onto the scene with his thrilling nine round win over Nick Quigley in January to claim the English title, Ochieng is now giving up the belt after successful defences against AA Lowe and Ryan Toms.
“We’re going to vacate the English title now as we are looking for bigger and greater things. The next fight could be for an Intercontinental or one of those titles.
“Obviously the Commonwealth is a target, but although I enjoyed being having the belt we won’t be fighting for the English title again.”
With headline clashes announced on Matchroom’s ‘Christmas Cracker’ show such as surefire tear-up Lee Purdy v Carson Jones and Darren Barker’s comeback against Kerry Hope, Ochieng’s opponent on the night is still unknown.
But ‘The Eagle’ is confident it will be another victory towards his targets. “We’re not sure who will be the opponent on December 8 or what it will be for, but it will be onwards and upwards.
“I’m only 25 and this will only be 13 fights for me so far. I’m still learning my craft so I’m taking it one step at a time.
“With the British and Commonwealth (titles) I’m a fight away from becoming a champion, or a fight closer to becoming a champion is how I see it.
“They can run but they can’t hide, it’s just a matter of time.”