Morby standing on the brink of breakthrough

Paul Morby is in line for a Commonwealth title shot
Paul Morby is in line for a Commonwealth title shot
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Paul Morby is primed for his Southern Area title return with Daniel Cadman.

Morby knows a win against Cadman on Saturday, May 7, could pave the way for a major title fight.

That’s the motivation for the 31-year-old as he meets Londoner Cadman, who he shared a draw with in January.

And Morby will be joined on the bill by Titchfield’s Danny Couzens, who has been given a crack at the Southern Area cruiserweight crown.

Couzens has been handed a surprise shot at the title against Leon Williams on the same card at Bethnal Green.

Morby is in the middle of training for his clash with Cadman at super-middleweight and is already in decent shape, according to his trainer Michael Ballingall.

He knows a win for Morby could now open doors for the Portsmouth fighter.

Ballingall said: ‘Paul is looking fit and strong already.

‘He’s been getting a beasting in the gym and is confident – he’s only three pound over the super-middleweight limit now.

‘Paul knows he has to show improvement from how he boxed against Cadman last time.

‘He has to work harder and be more mentally prepared, but Cadman is not a world beater and is coming off a loss.

‘We have spoken to Graham Earl, who is promoting the show, and he believes he could get Paul a Commonwealth title shot with a win.

‘We could be looking at some good, meaningful fights – so that’s his motivation to perform.’

Couzens’ trainer, Jack Bishop, has challenged his man to take the opportunity being presented to him against Williams.

Bishop has major concerns about the 4-5 fighter reverting to the brawling tactics he feels have been behind his recent defeats.

But he has been encouraged by the manner in which the 26-year-old Couzens has taken on board what he is being told to do in training.

Bishop said: ‘Danny is going up to cruiserweight for the fight.

‘He is probably a more natural cruiser anyway, albeit a light one.

‘Danny has been listening to what we are showing him and training hard.

‘He is a tall boy, has a good physique, good chin and has a long nice long jab he should be using better than he does.

‘He needs to break down his opponent. If he uses cobblestone tactics from the outset it will be fatal.’