Boxing: Grimsby pair pumped up for title showdown
TWO of Grimsby amateur boxing's big guns go toe-to-toe tomorrow night for the dream of lifting their first title on home soil.
Dan Machin, of Grimsby Boxing Academy, and Drew Morgan, of Grimsby Amateur Boxing Club, will clash at the Beachcomber, Humberston.
The winner will bag the vacant light-welterweight Notts & Lincs Area amateur belt.
The Grimsby derby will be the headline bout of a ten-fight show hosted by GBA.
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For 18-year-old Morgan, an experienced fighter with a record of 20 wins and 15 defeats, the chance to take on East Midlands Regional novice title winner Machin is a big shot at glory.
"I've got something to prove," said Morgan, trained by Grimsby ABC head coach Dave Raworth.
"This is a local derby, a big fight.
"I've never fought for a belt before, but I've fought in championships and on shows all around the country.
"It's good for Grimsby ABC and all the hard work Dave and everyone has put in over the years for everyone. It would be great to get a title back in the gym."
Morgan feels his experience will help him handle the pressure.
He added: "I've fought some good lads in the past, so that should help me.
"I've got to use my experience, keep my head and box how I can.
"We've had sparring sessions with each other in training, so we know how each other box and it'll be a good fight.
"I never give up, so the crowd will get their money's worth."
Machin, 20, has lifted the East Midlands lightweight belt for amateurs who had fought fewer than 20 bouts.
His success came in a successful year for Andy Cox's GBA stable, which ended 2012 on a high when 13-year-old Milli Hansen became the first Grimsby amateur to win a national title.
"I've won two titles in the regional stages of championships, so it's great to now be fighting for a belt and it to be on home soil," said Machin, whose record comprises 11 wins and eight defeats.
"It could be our biggest audience on a home show to date.
"I'm sure the atmosphere will be electric, so I'm ready to put on a good show.
"I might not be the fittest or most skilful boxer, but I've got real determination.
"I can push myself right to the limit to get that little bit extra – pain is temporary at the end of the day."
Hansen, who won the Amateur Boxing Association of England National Championship Under-54kg title, is also fighting on tomorrow night's show.
GBA club-mate Dan Wellings forms half of another regional derby – he will take on Immingham boxer Gareth Smaller.
Tickets will be available on the night, priced £15 (£5 for under-16s) or £20 for a ringside seat. Doors open at 7pm. For more details, call 07515544441.