Couzens predicts big-fight fireworks

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SAMMY COUZENS will tonight top the bill at the home of British boxing.

And the Titchfield terror is using that prestigious status as his inspiration in his showdown with Essex prospect Lee Markham.

The pair meet for the British Masters Gold super-middleweight crown at York Hall in the heart of east London.

Couzens will follow in the footsteps of a host of boxing greats to take part in a feature bout at the venue.

That prospect is exciting the 27-year-old, who yesterday weighed in at 11st 13.5lb, with Markham coming in at 11st 13lb.

And Couzens believes he has the all-action style to deliver a crowd-pleasing performance and take the title.

He said: ‘I’m relaxed and I’m not feeling nervous at all.

‘I can’t wait to get in there and get going.

‘It’s top of the bill and with our styles I believe the crowd are going to love us.

‘I think we have what it takes to blow the roof off the place.

‘It’s an honour to box top of the bill for a title at York Hall. It doesn’t get better than that.

‘My trainers don’t want me to go out like a mad man but stay calm – and that is what I’m going to do.

‘I’m relaxed but still fired up. I’ve been doing it in the gym and it’s about bringing that to the contest.

‘Lee’s never been in with anyone like me before.

‘He’s not been in with someone who is going to go at them with a work-rate like I will. It’s going to be full-on for him.’

Yesterday’s weigh-in at Markham’s gym in Essex proved a cordial affair, with respect shown between both men.

But that will go out of the window tonight when the bell sounds.

Markham brings a 9-1 record to the table but has campaigned at middleweight in his professional career.

Couzens reckons his superior size and experience will tell in their match-up.

The 10-11 man has previously picked up a British Masters title, defeated Southern Area champ Kelvin Young and fought top-level opposition at home and on the continent.

Couzens is in no doubt that Markham will realise he is in too deep when the contest gets under way in Bethnal Green.

He said: ‘He looks like a middleweight and doesn’t look big enough to fight me.

‘But looks can be deceptive so I won’t be taking anything for granted.

‘He’s only lost one fight and does knock people out.

‘So I know he can be dangerous but I’m confident and have a spring in my step.

‘It’s been respectful between us and we shook hands. There were no stupid antics.

‘When he goes back to his corner at the end of the first round he will know what he’s let himself in for.’

‘I believe I’m going to be bringing that belt home.

‘That will set me up for a good Christmas with my family, and bigger and better things in 2014.’