Couzens has title tilt in his sights

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Danny Couzens is hoping to impress on home soil ahead of a likely Southern Area title shot.

The Titchfield battler aims to get back on the winning trail on the stacked professional card in Fareham next month.

Couzens returns to action after so nearly stopping prospect Andreas Evangelou on the way to a points defeat in December.

The 28-year-old emerged with credit after the contest and he is now looking to push on and improve his 5-7 record.

He is in line for a crack at Leon Senior for the area crown on April 5.

Senior must first negotiate a clash with Jack Morris at the York Hall in March to make the title shot a reality for Couzens.

The light-heavyweight is excited at that opportunity if it arrives.

But first he has to keep his eye on the ball at the Fareham Leisure Centre on February 26.

Couzens is looking to sharpen his skills and impress there, before moving towards the title shot.

He said: ‘It’s good news to know I could be getting the Southern Area title shot.

‘I know I lost my last contest but I’ve been quite happy with how I’ve performed in my last couple of contests.

‘I boxed well at South Parade Pier at the end of last year and showed my skills.

‘And I floored Evangelou and thought I was going to get the stoppage.

‘So I’m punching hard, letting my shots go and have got the power that I need.

‘Leon Senior would be a tough opponent but it’s a contest I think I could win.

‘First I have to look good in the show next month.

‘I don’t know who I’m boxing yet but I want to be sharp and get a good win.

‘Then hopefully I get out again and pick up a decent title.’

A clash with Senior would represent a testing but not insurmountable proposition for Couzens.

The Kent fighter has built a 7-1 record but has failed to pick up a stoppage to date.

Senior has also had a four-year period of inactivity in his career, but returned with four wins last year. The 32-year-old didn’t drop a round in those battles, although he was facing low-grade opposition.

Couzens said: ‘He’s had a four-year lay-off and apparently went up to 15 stone.

‘But he’s back down at light-heavyweight now and winning – but I think I have what it takes to beat him.’

Tickets to watch Couzens and the host of local boxers at the Fareham show next month cost £30 or £60 (ringside). To buy tickets telephone 07990 846144.