Morby is fighting fit as he gears up for title return

Paul Morby and trainer Michael Ballingall
Paul Morby and trainer Michael Ballingall
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Paul Morby believes he is in the shape of his life going into his return clash with Daniel Cadman.

Portsmouth’s Southern Area champion knows victory over Cadman next Saturday could clear the path for a major title shot.

The pair clash for the super-middleweight strap after battling out a disputed draw in January.

Both men thought they had done enough to take the verdict in an exciting clash of styles in Bethnal Green.

That has paved the way for the return in the capital at the home of British boxing: the York Hall.

Morby has knocked himself into brilliant shape with the help of trainer Michael Ballingall.

The 31-year-old is fired up to deliver, with the possibility of avenues opening for him in an exciting super-middleweight division.

British champ James DeGale meets his hated rival – and Commonwealth title holder – George Groves later this month, with the 12st division on the verge of a big shake-up.

Morby is determined to deliver a win and put himself in the mix for a big opportunity.

He said: ‘The fight’s an exciting prospect because he (Cadman) thinks he won the last fight and I think I won the last fight. So we’ve both got a point to prove.

‘It was close. He came forward throwing more solid shots. I caught him more frequently but they weren’t as solid.

‘It’s going to be a very different ending this time. I have no doubts about that.

‘This is the best I’ve felt before a fight. Seriously, Michael’s pushing me in training, the boys are pushing me in sparring.

‘I’m fit and ready to go now and know there could be some big fights ahead.

‘I have one thing to say to Daniel. If you are a superstitious man don’t let any black cats walk in front of you. You’ll need to be crossing your fingers as you need all the help you can get – you’re in trouble.’