Couzens in top condition for British Masters shot

Sammy Couzens. Picture: Gianluca di Caro
Sammy Couzens. Picture: Gianluca di Caro

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Sammy Couzens is in the shape of his life for his British Masters showdown with Stefan Hughes tonight.

Couzens meets Hughes at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in a clash which has all the makings of an exciting tear-up.

The Titchfield light-heavyweight’s preparations for the fight have been lauded by his trainer Jack Bishop.

Respected Bishop has been hugely impressed with the 25-year-old’s dedication as he gears up for the meeting with Hughes.

Couzens has been sparring with stable-mate Colin Kenna in readiness for his battle, and saw Kenna surprise unbeaten former ABA finalist Ian Lewison last week.

Now his moment in the spotlight has arrived – and Bishop believes he has what it takes to do the business.

Bishop said: ‘Sammy really is in tip-top condition.

‘He’s got a great attitude and works really hard, but this is the best he’s ever trained.

‘He’s looking really good and I’m happy with him going in to the contest.

‘Sam has been sparring every day with Colin, who has just picked up a big win.

‘I’ve had to stop it a couple of times because they’ve got a bit carried away.

‘Now he’s ready for the bout, and has to go out there and show what he can do.’

Bishop believes Hughes will represent a tough obstacle for his charge to overcome.

Despite picking up four defeats in a seven-fight pro career, he has shown a willingness to take on all-comers and meet a number of dangerous opponents.

It is that bravery Bishop is aware of – and feels will lead to an exciting meeting as he takes on Couzens, who is known for taking no prisoners himself.

He said: ‘I think this contest has all the makings of one heck of a scrap.

‘Stefan Hughes is frightened of no-one.

‘He’s gone to Germany and fought cruiserweights and will take on anybody.

‘He’s going to stand in front of Sammy – and Sammy isn’t the type to retreat.

‘They are going to go at it hammer and tongs.

‘I think it will be a bruising battle.

‘We are trying to put some skill into Sammy’s work, too, which will be important.

‘I believe he can put it all together and get a good win.’