Morby ready for chance to join top table

Paul Morby in action against Daniel Cadman in January
Paul Morby in action against Daniel Cadman in January
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Paul Morby geared up for his title return with Daniel Cadman and vowed: This is my moment.

Morby knows victory in his Southern Area title rematch tonight could open the door for a big domestic opportunity.

The pair clash after battling to an entertaining draw at the home of British boxing, York Hall, in January.

They go again in London knowing a win could pave the way for some big clashes in an exciting super-middleweight division.

Commonwealth champion George Groves and British title-holder James DeGale meet in a huge domestic showdown later this month, and Morby wants to put himself in and around those big hitters.

The 31-year-old, who weighed in for tonight’s fight at 11st 13lb, with Cadman coming in slightly heavier at 11st 13.25lb, knows what could lie ahead for him – and is determined not to let the opportunity slip from his grasp.

He said: ‘I feel good, I feel confident and I feel excited.

‘It’s going to be a tough fight but I know I’ve got what it takes to win this one.

‘Cadman can box one way, while I know there is a lot of improvement to come from me.

‘I want to push on, make something of my career and achieve things.

‘My promoter has things lined up for me and my trainer has options.

‘It’s brilliant to think all those household names could be out there waiting for me.

‘I want to put my name up there alongside them.

‘To have my name spoken in the same breath as James DeGale and George Groves is a dream. I would love to challenge myself against them.

‘A win against Cadman could put me in the mix there, and a phone call can then come at any time.

‘I’m not going to waste that chance.’

Morby admitted the punishing training schedule he has been put through by trainer Michael Ballingall has been the toughest of his career.

But he reckons that will make him ‘25 per cent’ stronger than when he last went up against Cadman.

Ballingall has enlisted a strength and conditioning trainer to add more power to Morby’s arsenal.

The fighter admitted it has been painful going for him at times, but he will reap the rewards of those efforts tonight.

Morby said: ‘It’s been hard. Mike has been on my case and pushing me. In fact, he’s been killing me!

‘It helps to know the hard work has been done. The fight will be the easy bit.

‘The training has raised my game by 25 per cent. I’ve done it the right way.

‘Mike has brought in a conditioning trainer to help me.

‘He’s been working on my legs and core strength. It’s been punishing.

‘I’ve been in the gym screaming with all these big weightlifters around me!

‘As they say – no pain, no gain, though. As soon as that bell sounds I’ll be ready to go to work.’