Morby faces fight frenzy

Paul Morby faces three fights in as many weeks
Paul Morby faces three fights in as many weeks
Danny Couzens beats Ossie Jervier. Picture: Natalie Mayhew, Butterfly Boxing

Couzens: I’ll do my talking in the ring

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Paul Morby heads into a frenetic period of action tonight.

Morby meets the hugely-dangerous Kenny Anderson in Sheffield in what could mark the start of three fights in three weeks.

Meanwhile, Titchfield’s Sammy Couzens goes back to the drawing board after a points loss to Welsh contender Jeff Evans.

Couzens put on a typically-brave display as he travelled into enemy territory to meet Evans in Newport.

But the 25-year-old could have no complaints as his opponent picked up a 40-36 points decision over four rounds.

Morby faces a real test when he travels to the Ponds Forge Arena to meet Anderson.

The Scot has a 14-1 record, with his only blemish coming against James DeGale’s conqueror George Groves.

Anderson floored Groves in that meeting, though, and came within a whisker of ending Groves’ perfect record.

That gives an indication of the task Morby faces against the 28-year-old.

If Morby comes through that meeting without being stopped, it paves the way for a Portsmouth homecoming against Jason Ball in a winnable match-up next weekend.

The 31-year-old will be looking to impress as the pro scene returns to the city, before travelling to Germany the following weekend.

There, Morby has been pencilled in to meet Robert Woge, who holds a win over Couzens on his five-fight unbeaten record.

If all the fights come off, it would make it three successive weekends of action and five contests in six weeks for the 6-8 survivor.

Morby’s trainer, Michael Ballingall, said: ‘It’s a difficult fight for Paul tonight.

‘Kenny Anderson is a tough, tough opponent and had Groves down in a fight taken at late notice. He could have finished him.

‘Paul doesn’t turn fights down and wants to be a “have gloves, will travel” type of boxer.

‘He has quite a high profile at the moment.

‘Hopefully, we can come through the Anderson contest and have a good, competitive contest with Ball.

‘Paul will be looking for a decent win in front of his home crowd there.’

Couzens has been tipped to bounce back from his loss to 7-1-1 Welsh champion Evans.

His trainer Jack Bishop believes his man has all the courage needed to recover from the defeat.

Bishop feels there is still plenty of room for Couzens to refine his skills, though.

He said: ‘Sammy lost and we couldn’t complain about the decision.

‘He did his best but the other boy had some good quality. He gave Sammy a torrid second round and it looked as if the ref would stop it.

‘Sammy came through it, though, and actually was showing the better fitness at the end.

‘He maybe could have done with a couple more rounds to show what he could do.

‘Sammy shows total courage in his performances but there are still some old habits we need to get rid of.

‘He could be a top fighter because he has a good chin and tonnes of courage, but he often tries too hard to knock his opponents out.

‘Having said that, there is a lot to work with and he is full of enthusiasm.

‘He isn’t marked up from the contest, so we’ll keep him in the gym now, work on a few things and then push him forward.’