Kevin Hooper insists that he will not be beaten on his own turf.
The Grimsby prospect vies to win the vacant British Masters lightweight title against Devon’s Jamie Speight broadcast LIVE on SecondsOut.com next Friday night (October 14).
And he’s keen to ensure that his army of local fans will leave Cleethorpe’s Beachcomber Club having witnessed him notch up win number ten.
“I’m not going to lose at home,” Hooper, 27, stated. “I don’t plan on losing anywhere, but definitely not in front of my own fans.
“The crowd will get behind me and spur me on to victory.”
The chance to box in front of a global audience on the internet is a new experience for Hooper.
So far he’s built his unbeaten nine fight record fight four and six round bouts on small hall show.
But he hopes this new and innovative way of broadcasting boxing will showcase his skills to a whole new level of followers and put him the picture for big title nights in the future.
He said: “I’m over the moon that it’s being covered this way. It’s the way forward.
“This puts my name out there to people who haven’t seen me before and gives me the chance to show what I can do.
“This is my first title and it’s something that I’ve been waiting for ages.
“I’ve been getting my rounds in and honing my ring craft in other fights and now it’s time to move forwards. I’ve signed with Carl Greaves and he is pushing onwards to bigger and better things.
“I’ll get a good win and then hopefully move up. I want to possibly fight for the Midlands Area title and get an English shot somewhere down the line.”
Hooper, a security worker by day, added: “This is my first ten round fight but I’m fit enough for it and that’s all that matters. I just want to make sure that I perform well, do all I can and get a good win.”
Promoter Carl Greaves has assembled an action-packed undercard that features the return of unbeaten Cuban sensations Alexei Collado and Luis Garcia.
Collado makes a step up in class when he squares off with tough Venezuelan Franklin Varela – a recent world title eliminator combatant – while Garcia will meet as yet to be confirmed opponent.
Also on the bill, Sleaford’s popular Amir Unsworth tackles Luton’s Gavin Putney, Hull prospect Joel Haigh faces Jatinder Johal and Sammy Mac makes his pro debut against Matt Seawright.
The full bill can be seen live here on SecondsOut.com. The action starts at 7.30pm
October 6, 2011