Punisher’s all set after dream sparring

Josh Pritchard
Josh Pritchard

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  • Pritchard takes next professional step tomorrow
  • Purbrook ace has been sparring with boxing legend Mosley
  • Featherweight hoping to build Portsmouth following
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JOSH PRITCHARD will aim to put his ring time with boxing greats to use as he takes his next professional step tomorrow.

The Punisher is out for his second win since moving into the paid ranks against Slovakian journeyman Elemir Rafael in London.

And the Purbrook prospect has been given some dream preparation for his featherweight match-up.

World champion stablemate Carl Frampton has helped sharpen Pritchard’s skills as he continues his education.

And there was also the sensational opportunity to share the ring with American legend Shane Mosley.

Mosley is regarded as one of the pound-for-pound greats of recent times, with two wins over Oscar De La Hoya and world titles at three weights on his stellar record.

I sparred him (Mosley) for a couple of rounds. Who does that happen to?

Josh Pritchard

Pritchard is taking his elevation to such company in his stride, however.

He said: ‘I’m in fight week and getting my head screwed in.

‘I’ve done all the hard work. I’ve done the weight steadily and properly.

‘Sparring has been good but hard.

‘I sparred Carl Frampton and two other boxers from the London area.

‘I’ve done five or six rounds with Carl. We could do more, but I’m a four-round fighter at the moment. When I build up I could do more.

‘Then there was the sparring Mosley. That was interesting!

‘I sparred him for a couple of rounds. Who does that happen to?

‘It’s ridiculous. Crazy. You can’t buy that experience.

‘I’ve been well looked after, the team know what they are doing. I’m one of the luckiest lads in the game.’

Pritchard will have decent support travelling up to the capital to back him tonight.

He is looking to build that following moving forward.

Pritchard said: ‘My main aim is to pick up a following from Portsmouth. We have such loyal fans.

‘There was Tony Oakey in recent years with a massive following.

‘I’d love to get some of that support behind and get Portsmouth out there.

‘I would love to really get the city’s name out there in boxing again.’