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champion fitch wants to give crowd a send off

READY TO ROLL: Matt Fitch (second from right) with fellow Eddie’s Gym boxers Reno Hawes (far left), Eddie Guest and Mark Samuel (far right)

The Haverhill-based fighter is set to defend his white collar boxing cruiserweight title against Portsmouth’s Nicky Andrew in Newmarket on Saturday.

Fitch, who is also a Thai boxing champion, said it was always his goal to become a professional in his sport.

He said: “I really want to test myself against the very best and the only way to do that is by going professional. There’s no one for me to fight at amateur.”

Fitch has found it tough to find opponents who want to face him in the ring after his recent fight was cancelled last month.

He was left disappointed because he had been training in Thailand since November.

“All the fighters facing me kept pulling out. It’s been frustrating sometimes but I can’t wait to get the fight started,” he said.

Before turning professional Fitch will be dropping down from 88kg to 82kg. In Thai boxing he has previously fought at 70kg.

And the cruiserweight fighter is confident he will not be hanging around in the ring long at Innocence Nightclub.

“I’m always training, I’m always fit and in the gym; I can’t wait to get going,” he said. “I honestly don’t think the fight will last anymore than two rounds.”

Andrew will be a different type of opponent for Fitch, but the cruiserweight champion is not worried what he will be able to throw at him.

“He’s small, stocky and has a tight guard, from what I have heard,” he said. “He’s a defensive boxer but I haven’t changed the way I am going to box and I don’t think it going to last long.”

The earnings Fitch will receive from the night will go to Charity Oscar Walks which is in aid of Oscar Parkinson, who has Cerebral Palsy.

Fitch is hoping to put on a show for the people who will be coming to watch him as it will be his last fight in the area before turning pro.

“It’s going to be a good send off. There’s going to be a good atmosphere because I know a lot of people will be travelling to Newmarket.”

The show is hosted by Fitch’s trainer, Eddie Guest, who is hoping to see a crowd of 300 people coming to support the 16 fights that are taking place in Newmarket.

And Fitch said that it’s fitting for his last amateur fight to be at Guest’s show.

“Eddie (Guest) has always been there for me, he always goes out of his way for all of his boxers. He has done a lot for me and this is the least I can do.”

Trainer Guest said he is grateful Fitch is set to bow out as an amateur on his latest night at Innocence.

He said: “It’s a lovely gesture by Matt to choose my show as his last amateur fight.”

n Doors open at 6pm at Innocence Nightclub with the show starting at 7pm. For tickets, call Eddie Guest on 07956 597466.

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