Couzens ready to hand out capital punishment

-21_boxing 27/6/2009 ''Championship Boxing at the Mountbatten Centre. Peter Haymer (black shorts) Vs Danny Couzens (leopard).''PICTURE: WILL CADDY (-21)
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Danny Couzens tonight bids to settle the score with Joe St John and kick-start his career.

Couzens meets St John in London as he aims to take his record to 5-4 and get his 2011 campaign off to a flier.

It will be the 26-year-old’s first contest in nearly a year, and he is fired up to get a win over the man who defeated him 14 months ago.

St John edged a narrow decision on that occasion, which Couzens is determined to put right this time around.

The Titchfield fighter has been putting the work in to knock himself into shape for the contest.

His trainer and manager, Jack Bishop, believes he has what it takes to deliver victory.

But Bishop believes Couzens has to control his instincts for a scrap if he is to come out on top. He said: ‘This fight is there for Danny to win if he wants it and goes about it properly.

‘Last time around he was half asleep against him and was second best.

‘We are drumming it into him he can’t let that happen.

‘To his credit, he has listened and worked hard in training.

‘He can’t revert to type, though, when he gets into the ring.

‘If he does that he’ll become a win one, lose one boxer. That’s no good to me or him. It’s been 10/10 for his preparations. Now he has to do it.’

Couzens’ brother Sammy is also waiting to see what his next step is after his surprise shot at the Prizefighter title.

He was drafted in to meet Travis Dickinson following an injury to Tony Dodson, and was winning the contest before being stopped in the second round of an entertaining battle.

British Boxing Board of Control rules state he must undergo a safety suspension after a stoppage before returning to the ring.

But he is determined to keep things moving along after some decent performances last year.

Bishop said: ‘Sammy is impatient and wants another fight. He’s fit and doesn’t miss training.

‘Being in the Prizefighter seems to have given him a new lease of life.’

Meanwhile, Bishop has signed on Gosport light-weight Shaun Tribble on a professional contract.

Bishop has been impressed with the work the 23-year-old has put in since moving to his gym.

Now the Bridgemary boxer will turn over in the pro ranks.

Bishop said: ‘I’ve been very impressed with Shaun. I’ve watched him closely in sparring and doing his work on the pads. He looks like he could be a good boxer-fighter.’