Couzens in no mood to be friendly

Sam Couzens Picture: Mick Young
Sam Couzens Picture: Mick Young
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Sam Couzens geared up for his south-coast showdown and warned his rival: You’re in new territory.

Couzens faces Southampton’s Chris Hobbs in the Pyramids in Southsea tonight in a potentially entertaining showdown.

Hobbs puts his five-fight unbeaten record on the line in the super-middleweight four-rounder.

But the 27-year-old hasn’t met anyone as credible as Couzens in that time.

Couzens is looking to impress after a gutsy showing against Frank Buglioni last time out in their televised clash.

The Titchfield battler explained he has a decent relationship with Hobbs outside of the ring.

However, that is all going out of the window when the bell sounds tonight.

Couzens believes he’ll have far too much for his rival as he takes him into deep waters.

‘It has the makings of a good fight,’ said Couzens.

‘Whether it is a good fight is down to him.

‘He hasn’t fought anyone like me. I’m his first live opponent. He hasn’t been in with a livewire like myself.

‘I’ve been tidying a few things up, but you know what to expect with me: Pressure.

‘I was quite shocked he asked for the fight, to be honest.

‘But there is mutual respect and I always talk to him. I was eating his Jaffa Cakes at his last fight!

‘This is the fight business, though, and we’ve been drawn together.

‘He’s looking to try to put himself on the map. That’s not going to happen.

‘We’ll be friends going into it and afterwards.

‘There’s respect there, but that will change when the bell sounds.

‘I’m up for it and ready.

‘It’s four rounds so he’d better be ready for it to be non-stop.’

Couzens is targeting a busy period until the new year as he aims to get back into title contention.

Swindon’s Tariq Quaddus is on his radar, after he mentioned a contest with the 28-year-old.

Couzens isn’t concerned about travelling to take on the 5-1 man moving forward.

He boxed in Wiltshire against Kelvin Young, after previously knocking him out in four rounds.

The 11-13-1 man is confident what the outcome will be if and when they meet.

Couzens said: ‘I want to stay busy up until Christmas.

‘I keep hearing this Tariq talking about me, though.

‘Ever since I beat Kelvin Young he keeps mentioning my name

‘I’m happy to make the fight.

‘So I’ll get rid of Hobbs and then I’ll go to Swindon and bash him up.’