British and Commonwealth flyweight champion Kevin Satchell is looking to pick up 2013 just where he left off in 2012 - at the very top of the British rankings.
Two a half years into his professional career and accumulating nine victories from nine fights, the sky looks the limit for the 24 year old. Things are moving fast for the British number one admitting, "I think it’s all going fast – very fast. When I first turned over I didn’t think I would have these belts so quickly," said Satchell
With quick fire double victories over Delroy Spencer and Francis Croes in the early stages of his career in just the first eight months, the wins were quickly racking up for "Satch" but he’s quick to quash any talk of it all being a little hurried, "I don’t think we’re rushing into anything, everything is going the way it should."
With a six fight win streak already on the books, the first big step up for the Liverpool man came in his next fight against an established opponent with a 22-5 record, "I took a risky fight against Martin Power and that paid off for me to step up in level to take on the big fighters. But overall I feel I’m where I want to be at this stage of my career.
A dominant display against fellow scouser Paul Edwards followed in May of last year, capturing the vacant Commonwealth title in the process in front of a raputurous home crowd at the Aintree Equestrian Centre. But Satchell speaks with most pride about his conclusive knockout victory over veteran British champion Chris Edwards, "My performance for what we wanted was perfect; everything went the way we planned it. We thought we would go out there and the first few rounds would be a little bit scrappy whilst we both worked each other out. Then eventually we tried to push him back and start landing the big shots. I was made up with performance overall because everything went to plan the way I wanted it."
Winning his British title amongst a huge arena full of home town support is something the 112 pound man is very proud of, quickly to stress how much he is looking forward to his upcoming title defence on February 23rd at the Liverpool Echo Arena, "I’m loving it. It’s a big night in boxing anyway but especially in Liverpool. Everybody’s talking about it and everybody wants to be there, so I’m made up to be boxing there again. It will be a great night and I’m glad to be part of it."
His opponent on the night will be Northern Ireland’s Luke Wilton who brings over a stella record and support to the north-west, with Satchell admitting it could be a bit of a battle at the first bell, "I haven’t seen much of him but I do know he has a good record and he’s going to be hungry and will have really trained hard for the fight. Plus with bringing a big crowd over he won’t want to disappoint so I do think it’s going to be a good fight. The first few rounds are going to be crucial – pretty much like a war. Then I do believe it will be the same type of outcome as the Chris Edwards fight. I’ll be too big, too strong on the night and I have better skills than him so I will come out on top."
Predicting a dominant defence of both of his titles, I asked the current Champion what plans for this year could lie ahead, "I’m in no rush to move on because I like the belt [Lord Lonsdale British title] and I would really like to be able to keep it altogether, it’s just whether or not I can get the opponents because there aren’t that many at the weight. I personally like to keep it and to get a few more fights under my belt before I move up to European level. But if I couldn’t do that then I’d be more than happy to move on to European level."
With active fighters thin on the ground at Flyweight on the British scene , quizzing "Satch" on his ability to make the 112 pound division only seemed a natural progression in conversation, "I don’t make the weight easy, but I stick to a diet. If I didn’t stick to my diet I would struggle with it but because I stick to it, I do a lot of training every day and run a lot – I’m finding the weight just as easy as I did last year. Plus I’m picking up more tips as I go into every camp which in turn is making it that much easier."
With the defence of his British and Commonwealth titles now less than two weeks away, the Everton Red Triangle ABC native had this message for his growing group of fans, "I’d like to say a big thank you to everybody who comes out to support me, I couldn’t get to where I am without the help of my fans and a massive thank you to Paul Crowley & Co solicitors for the sponsorship they have given me from the very beginning of my professional career."
February 11, 2013