Paul Morby is planning fireworks as he goes into the lion’s den tonight.
Morby headlines at the home of British boxing when he defends his Southern Area title against Essex’s Daniel Cadman in Bethnal Green.
The super-middleweight showdown has all the hallmarks of a cracking contest, with the Portsmouth stylist going in against an aggressive come-forward rival.
Morby will have to contend with Cadman’s home support but he is in peak condition and is focused on victory.
The 31-year-old knows what he has to do to deliver success and trainer Mike Ballingall is confident Morby will produce the goods.
The 6-5 man knows a win will propel him into the top 10 of the national rankings – with some juicy contests becoming possible.
But first he has to take care of business against Cadman, who brings a superior 13-5 record to the table.
And Morby is determined to come out on top and keep Portsmouth’s profile up in the paid ranks.
Ballingall said: ‘We’re planning on making a quiet entrance and a loud exit.
‘Everything is well. Training has been perfect and everyone wants to see what Paul can do now.
‘If he wins, it will put him right into the top 10 in an exciting division.
‘There are people like Brian Magee, James DeGale, George Groves and Kenny Anderson in there – and, obviously, Carl Froch is out on his own.
‘But first he has to get it right against Cadman.
‘He is a decent boy with respectable power, is bang on form and will have his home crowd behind him.
‘We respect him but we know what we need to do.
‘It’s an honour for Paul to headline at the York Hall. Some great fighters have done that down the years.
‘Now we want to bring the title back and make the city proud.’
Ballingall is making his way in the fight game as a trainer and has laid down his game plan to his charge.
Morby undoubtedly possesses decent boxing skills and that’s where his team believe the fight will be won.
Ballingall said: ‘Paul will have to box him, use his feet and stay off the ropes. Then he can pick him off.
‘We are going to see a good fight. Cadman will come forward and make Paul work. He won’t be negative.
‘He needs to hypnotise him with his jab and box his head off.
‘We expect a unanimous decision but Paul is fit and has put the work in.
‘If the stoppage is there late on he’ll go for it.’
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