Couzens itching to kick-start career

Sammy Couzens against Manny Oshunrinde at York Hall, Bethnal Green.
Sammy Couzens against Manny Oshunrinde at York Hall, Bethnal Green.
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Sam Couzens is aiming to end his status as boxing’s avoided man and kick-start his career.

The Titchfield boxer believes he can make a big impact in the noble art after dropping down to the super-middleweight division.

But he has to find opponents willing to take him on, as up-and-coming talents steer clear of the 26-year-old.

Couzens was due to have his 18th professional contest tonight against Caine Brodie.

But that battle has now bitten the dust, leaving the 8-9 man looking for a new opponent to take on.

A meeting with unbeaten Luke Blackledge has been touted as a potential battle that could take place next weekend.

Couzens is a man in a hurry and is keen to get some action under his belt.

But that is proving more difficult than planned after picking up a reputation as a dangerman with the potential to upset the careers of prospects.

He said: ‘I’m waiting to see who I get matched with.

‘I’ve had about four opponents at different times.

‘I’ve dropped down to super-middleweight and people don’t want to box me.

‘I think they know I can bulldoze through them and I will be too strong for people at the weight.

‘I’ve got a lot of experience and have gone away to places like Germany to box top fighters.

‘I’m feeling good at the weight now and am enjoying working with my trainer Steve Tyrell.

‘Now I just want to get out there and show what I can do.’

Meanwhile, Couzens’ brother Danny is looking for another win on his next outing.

That is likely to arrive at the latest professional show earmarked to take place at South Parade Pier on November 10.

Couzens is likely to be joined by a host of local faces who are looking to impress and chalk up victories. Floyd Moore is set to return after impressing when topping the bill last time out.

Joel McIntyre, Liam Griffiths, Ben Kneller, Paul Morby, Garry Neale and Andy Gatenby are others all earmarked for action.

Couzens is hoping to prove he is developing his skills when he performs.

He said: ‘I had a decent performance in my last contest and showed I’m not a street fighter.

‘My jab is really improving. I can’t wait to get out there again.’