Craig Watson has revealed how his parents couldn’t sleep after he lost the British welterweight title to Lee Purdy.
He gets an immediate chance of revenge when he faces the Essex man at Oldham Sports Centre on July 16.
Purdy stopped Watson in five rounds in April causing the biggest upset seen in a British ring so far this year.
Watson, 28, who will have hometown advantage said: “I still haven’t watched the fight and I am not sure if I will ever watch it.
“I will never forget walking back to the dressing room and calling my mum and dad. I just shut the door, ran the shower and cried.
“My mum and dad couldn’t even sleep because I was so upset and I will pay him back for that.
“I am so pleased that Hatton Promotions have delivered this chance so quickly and I will not let them down.”
Hatton Promotions President Ricky Hatton said: “Craig isn’t one to make excuses, but that wasn’t him in the first fight.
“Lee is a good fighter from a stable that produces plenty of good fighters from London and Essex, but if Craig’s at his best he wins.”
In the chief supporting contests Watson’s fellow Oldham fighter Darren Stubbs challenges Bob Ajisafe for the vacant English light-heavyweight title.
Commonwealth welterweight champion Denton Vassell is also in action when he boxers a six round non-title fight.
Hatton Promotions youngsters on the bill include Keiron Maher, Austin Hornsby, Dean Halsall and Matthew Clarkson.
The show is not being televised and tickets are selling fast for Watson’s revenge missing and are available prices £35, £55 and £75 VIP from 01925 755222
June 29, 2011