Trash talk fires Couzens up

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Sam Couzens focused on his Southern Area title shot and warned his rival: I’ll break your heart again.

Couzens goes into the lion’s den in Swindon tonight intent on wresting Kelvin Young’s super-middleweight title from his grasp.

That’s after he stunned his opponent with a shock last-second knockout in their meeting in May.

Young was the big favourite going into that match-up – but was stopped with a chilling uppercut from the Titchfield scrapper.

Now the pair meet again – but this time with Young’s title on the line.

Couzens is determined to take his big chance and kick-start his career at the Oasis Centre.

The 27-year-old knows some big contests, with the likes of unbeaten prospect Frank Buglioni, could lie in wait for the winner.

But he is staying firmly focused on the test in front of him against Young.

Couzens feels the memory of their previous meeting will be weighing heavy on his rival.

And he is determined to deliver a repeat performance after hearing his opponent offer up excuses for the loss last time out.

Couzens said: ‘He’s been saying what he is going to do.

‘And he’s been coming up with the excuses for what I did to him last time.

‘It’s quite agitated me, to be honest.

‘Now I can’t wait to get in there and smash him up.

‘I think the excuses are quite disrespectful to me.

‘He hasn’t fought at anything like the level I have – and he knows it.

‘The training has been awesome and the weight was there a couple of days ago. I’m ready.

‘There are a lot of potential fights out there.

‘But all I’m doing is looking at this one.

‘He knows what I’ve done before and that will be in his head.

‘If he’s nervous about that, he should be.

‘I’m going to go in there and break his heart again.’

Couzens feels the dramatic finish to the last meeting between the pair will affect Young’s tactics going into the contest.

The 10-10 man reckons Young, who was sparring Carl Froch before the last clash between the duo, will avoid getting into a war.

But Couzens has questioned whether his opponent will match his stamina over the 10-round distance.

‘Personally, I think he is going to try to stay away from me,’ said Couzens.

‘He knows I’ve done 10 rounds and has mentioned that.

‘So I think he will try to stay away rather than stand there and fight me but I’m going to take it to him.

‘All I want to do is get in there and fight.’