El Toro’s on the charge towards title shot

Joel McIntyre, right, with Billy-Joe Saunders

Joel McIntyre, right, with Billy-Joe Saunders

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Joel McIntyre will use the promise of a Southern Area title shot as motivation as he aims to continue his unbeaten record tonight.

And El Toro has been able to call on the help of British and Commonwealth middleweight champ Billy-Joe Saunders to ready himself for battle.

Light-heavyweight McIntyre meets Darren McKenna in a rematch at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, as he aims to take his professional record to seven unbeaten contests.

The 25-year-old won a tight contest against McKenna in November with a second-round knockdown proving crucial in a 38-37 points win.

McIntyre is determined to make the margin of victory more emphatic tonight in a contest which could receive television exposure.

He has been sparring with highly-touted British champ Saunders to sharpen his skills.

And he is determined to put on a show, with a meeting with Southern Area champ Leon Senior, who defeated Titchfield’s Danny Couzens last week, the carrot for victory.

McIntyre said: ‘I’ve got to get a win and look good because I could be getting a Southern Area title shot if I do well.

‘Working with Billy-Joe has been a big help. He told me I dazed him with one shot, which is good to know.

‘Sparring with him sharpens you up and it has been a confidence-booster.

‘I did the preparation for McKenna wrong last time and struggled to make the weight.

‘I beat him up for two rounds and dropped him but ran out of steam and he used my head for a punchbag in the last two rounds.

‘He comes to fight but it’s going to be a different story this time.’

McIntyre’s clash with McKenna is on the undercard of Matt Skelton’s clash with John McDermott, which is televised on Loaded TV (Sky channel 200) tonight from 9.30pm.

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