Titchfield terrors on double title charge

Danny Couzens. Pic Mick Young
Danny Couzens. Pic Mick Young
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THE COUZENS brothers are targeting double success as they hit the championship trail.

Danny and Sammy Couzens both have title shots lined up in the coming weeks.

Joel McIntyre lies in wait for Danny, in what is set to be an intriguing local showdown at South Parade Pier in Southsea on November 30.

And seven days later Sammy will go in with Lee Markham for the British Masters gold title at York Hall in London.

It’s a frenetic period for the Titchfield scrappers and offers them a way back into contention after coming off title losses.

The pair will be spurring each other on and go up against each other in sparring, as is often the case in fight preparations.

Danny spoke of his respect for Leigh Park’s McIntyre and believes the local nature of their clash can capture the public’s imagination.

He said: ‘I’m fighting against Joel on South Parade Pier and then Sam is fighting the week after for the British Masters gold title.

‘We’re both coming off title fights so it’s good to get straight back in there for titles.

‘I think it’s going to be an explosive fight with Joel. I don’t think he has fought anyone of my quality before. He has been fed journeyman so far.

‘I’ve got respect for Joel and he respects me. It’s got the ingredients needed for a good fight.

‘The preparations are going well and we’re hitting it hard now.

‘We have been doing strength work so far but we are sparring now and it’s been decent.

‘We’ve been given good support to get ready. B.E. Insulated have just got on board with me and that has made a lot of difference with helping to train.

‘We’ve also got Golding Paving, Mainline Baits and Boxfit UK backing us. It’s a huge help.

‘People say Joel is a big puncher, but he has only stopped one person in all of his wins.

‘It’s a fight which will get people interested. It would be great to see a decent atmosphere and the place sold out.’

There will be an old foe of McIntyre’s helping Danny prepare for their match-up.

Darren McKenna is being lined up as a sparring partner ahead of the clash.

The Jim Evans boxer has twice met McIntyre, going down to points defeats on both occasions.

Danny feels McKenna’s experience of meeting McIntyre in the past will benefit him when the pair spar.

He said: ‘I know Joel struggled with Darren McKenna in the past.

‘I’m going to be sparring with him to get ready for the contest.

‘Darren is a strong lad but is one-dimensional. I will pose Joel a lot more in the way of problems than he did.

‘I can box and stand there as well. I will be more skilful.’

The dinner show battle between Couzens and McIntyre, has a stacked card also featuring Portsmouth super-bantamweight Andy Gatenby.

Tickets are priced at £70 – including three course meal (10 to a table), £25 standard and £10 (under-18s) affiliated to amateur boxing clubs).

Contact 07990 846144 or 07557 516657 for more information.