Matty Tew wants to get his hands on Britain’s top lightweights – and a big bag of sweets !
Tew aims to make it seven wins out of seven at Club Oceana in front of his Southampton fans at Club Oceana on Saturday night and seven days later, Britain’s top lightweights, John Murray and Kevin Mitchell, collide in Liverpool.
Tew has sparred both and the 27 year-old Saints’ season-ticket holder says soon be ready to step up into championship level if he comes through his six-rounder against Vladimiras Balaklijec.
To do that, he needs to keep winning – and stay away from sweet shops !
“I do like my sweets,” said all-action Tew, “and it’s a bit tempting because there are a few good tobacconists around where I live. But that’s one of the sacrifices you have to make if you want to box and anyway, I can eat as many sweets as I like for a few weeks after my fight.”
Manager Mickey Helliet hopes to finalise Tew’s opponent by the end of the week and after the fight, is set to hold talks with trainer Wayne Batten.
Helliet also manages unbeaten Jon Fernandes and Tew said: “The plan is to get this next fight out the way and talk about what the plans are for next season. I think I’m only two or three wins away from challenging for a title. But I don’t want to start thinking too far ahead.”
Tew knows he can hold his own with Britain’s best having sparred both Murray and Mitchell.
At 31 fights, Murray, from Manchester, has British boxing’s longest unbeaten record, while Essex ticket-seller Mitchell is a former world title challenger.
“I would have to go for Murray to win,” said Tew. “He’s like a machine. He just doesn’t stop coming forward, no matter what you hit him with. Mitchell has a lot of skills, but it depends which Kevin Mitchell turns up for the fight.”
Tew has built a big fan base with his all-action style and promises more thrills than the fight of the year on Saturday night.
Tew was among the thousands of British fight fans who headed to Hamburg last weekend to watch David Haye flop in his heavyweight unification fight with Wladimir Klitschko and says he will model his scrapping on his ring heroes Roberto Duran and Ricky Hatton rather than the Londoner.
“It was a terrible let down in Germany,” said Tew. “Haye said he would go out with all guns blazing and just ran around the ring.
“I won’t do that. I definitely will go out there with all guns blazing. That’s the way I always fight.”
Jon Fernandes, the fast-rising Southampton featherweight, also looks to extend his unbeaten record on the show and Darryl Still aims to make it five straight wins against Ben Lawler.
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