Couzens ready for big title chance

Danny Couzens, right, will face Leon Senior for the Southern Area light-heavyweight title in York Hall

Danny Couzens, right, will face Leon Senior for the Southern Area light-heavyweight title in York Hall

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Danny Couzens is determined to take his boxing opportunity of a lifetime on the big stage tonight.

The Titchfield scrapper tackles Leon Senior for the Southern Area light-heavyweight title at York Hall in Bethnal Green.

And Couzens has vowed to take his rival into uncharted territory when they meet in their televised clash at the home of British boxing.

The title shot against his 7-1 opponent is a huge chance for the 28-year-old to make an impact in the paid ranks.

Other boxers have turned down the chance to tackle Senior, but Couzens didn’t need a second invitation to get into the ring and vie for a respected title.

Couzens spoke of his pride at not only getting the chance to box for the Southern area crown, but also following in the footsteps of British greats by boxing at York Hall.

And the 5-7-2 man promised he would give Senior the kind of in-your-face battle he has never experienced before.

Couzens said: ‘This is a special achievement for me and the kind of moment you dream of.

‘To be boxing at the York Hall on a televised card for the Southern Area title is amazing.

‘The boxing board don’t just give these titles out, it has to be earned. Only good boxers fight for their belts.

‘People turned down the chance to box for it against Senior. I was never going to pass it up.

‘Leon Senior is a good boxer but he has had a long lay-off in his career.

‘He hasn’t faced people of the calibre I have, like Peter Haymer and Leon Williams.

‘He hasn’t faced anyone like me who is going to go for him.

‘I believe I can be one of the top boxers in the light-heavyweight division. I think I can use winning this belt as a springboard to go on to bigger and better things.

‘I’m not going to be in there to just survive. I’m going to put it on him. He won’t know what’s hit him.

‘I’ve been boxing since I was 11 years old. To win this title would be the highlight for me, the best thing ever. I’m ready for it.’

Couzens has had a tough training schedule to maintain to get himself in peak physical condition for the title shot.

He has sparred with the likes of Isle of Wight hardman Jay Morris and brother Sam Couzens on top of his work commitments.

That has made for a gruelling period, which has meant family life has had to take a back seat. Couzens insisted that will be a motivation for him when he steps into the ring.

He said: ‘I’ve eased down the training this week and am just ticking over.

‘I’ve had some really good sparring with people like Jay and my brother, Sam, who don’t give you a moment’s peace.

‘I’m learning all the time as well. I know I’ve got punch power at light-heavyweight now, but I’ve got to be a bit more controlled when I get my chances.

‘It’s been hard work and long days for me in training.

‘With my job I’m going off in the morning and getting in at 10pm at night, so I’ve not seen my family.

‘I’ll be letting all my frustration at that out on Leon Senior when I get into the ring.’

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