Bro­phy bullish about Bri­tish ti­tle chances Calder­cruix fighter con­fi­dent of up­set­ting odds again

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Sports - Mark Pirie

David Bro­phy is brim­ming with con­fi­dence as he bids to claim the Bri­tish su­per­mid­dleweight crown.

The Calder­cruix cham­pion will put his Com­mon­wealth su­per mid­dleweight ti­tle on the line as he bids to de­feat Rocky Field­ing in a packed Liver­pool Echo Arena and bring the Bri­tish gold back to Mon­k­lands.

Bro­phy goes in as un­der­dog with book­mak­ers as he pre­pares for his for­mer spar­ring part­ner on Satur­day night — but he is pos­i­tive hav­ing en­joyed his fight camp with Air­driebased coach Billy Nel­son that he can come back from Liver­pool with an­other belt over his shoul­der.

He said: “I’ve felt strong in spar­ring and there has been a real buzz about the gym with all these fights com­ing up.

“I’m just re­ally look­ing for­ward to get­ting in there now. Rocky is a good fighter and a good lad. I re­ally rate him as a fighter, but we are both at the stage where we are look­ing to progress.

“We need to meet. I’m con­fi­dent of a win, but he’ll go in con­fi­dent as well.”

The bout will mark Bro­phy’s first de­fence of his ti­tle, af­ter he stunned the Aus­tralian fans in Mel­bourne by de­feat­ing Zac Dunn.

He is aim­ing to do the same again and up­set the the home sup­port­ers back­ing Field­ing.

“I’m go­ing into Liver­pool and fight­ing a Scouser — so I know what that’ll be like,” he told the Ad­ver­tiser.

“Once the bell goes and you get into it, you don’t re­ally hear the crowd though. It’s just about your op­po­nent.

“You’ll prob­a­bly get the crowd boo­ing, but I won’t think too much into it.

“You need to do these things in box­ing — and I’m con­fi­dent of com­ing back with both belts.”

The 27-year-old ex­pects a tough night — ad­mit­ting he could have taken “eas­ier” fights — rather than com­pete on the ‘Bat­tle on Mersey’ card.

How­ever, he is de­ter­mined to test him­self at the top.

“We could have sorted some eas­ier fights for de­fend­ing my Com­mon­wealth, but I don’t know how it would ben­e­fit me if I was look­ing for an easy fight,” Bro­phy added.

“You need to try and push your­self for­ward and progress. You never look be­yond a fight, but I’m the same as Rocky.

“We both want to use this fight to move onto the next level. We’re both in good po­si­tions.

“There’s no bad blood or any­thing like that, at least on my side. I just like to get on with my box­ing.

“This has all the in­gre­di­ents to be a re­ally good fight.”

Fight night Bro­phy puts ti­tle on the line

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