El Toro on the title charge

Joel McIntyre Picture: Mick Young
Joel McIntyre Picture: Mick Young
Danny Couzens. Picture: Natalie Mayhew, Butterfly Boxing

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Joel McIntyre is fired up for the fight of his life as he aims for local bragging rights over Danny Couzens.

The two professionals are set to square up in an intriguing showdown at South Parade Pier on November 30.

Leigh Park’s McIntyre will put his unbeaten record on the line against Titchfield’s rough, tough Couzens.

The International Masters belt will be at stake in the light-heavyweight showdown between the pair.

But it’s the prospect of an evenly-matched encounter between two fighters determined to fire their careers which makes the contest appealing.

McIntyre, nicknamed El Toro, knows it’s the toughest assignment of his nine-fight professional journey.

But he is focused on delivering a win he believes will really push him forward in the paid ranks.

McIntyre said: ‘It’ll be a good little local showdown.

‘It’s going to be the most important fight of my life.

‘It’s my first big step up the ladder. It’s a local title fight and it will be a big occasion.

‘There hasn’t been anything going on between us on social networks yet. I think there’s a mutual respect.

‘We actually get on quite well but I won’t beat around the bush – I’m winning this fight.

‘If he has anything to say about that we’ll see about it on the night. But we’ve been quite respectful so far.

‘I know a lot of people see this as a 50-50 fight.

‘It’s not someone being paid to turn up and survive.

‘It’s a serious fight and I think it will capture the public’s imagination.

‘I want to get a good win over Danny, pick up a title and use it as a stepping stone.

‘I’m not overlooking Danny but I want to get up the rankings. It’s exciting and I’m up for it.’

McIntyre will be picking up decent sparring at London trainer Johnny Eames’ TKO Gym with Frank Buglioni ahead of the Couzens contest.

He admitted his focus may not always have been in place in the past – but he now has a fresh hunger to make the most of his boxing career.

McIntyre said: ‘I’ve been up to London for sparring and I’ll be sparring Frank Buglioni in a couple of weeks.

‘He’s fighting for a Southern Area title on the same night as me.

‘We get on really well and that will help me to prepare well.

‘I’m in great condition already. I’ve had a wake-up call recently and I’m on point now.

‘My weight is excellent and I’m focused.

‘You have to be honest with yourself – and I’m not going to fall short anymore.’

Tickets for the dinner show battle between Couzens and McIntyre, which has a stacked card also featuring Portsmouth super-bantamweight Andy Gatenby, are priced £70 – including three-course meal (10 to a table), £25 standard and £10 (under-18s affiliated to amateur boxing clubs). Contact 07557 516657 for details.