Sammy out to spring a surprise in lion’s den

Sam Couzens
Sam Couzens
Dave Birmingham. Picture: Neil Marshall

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Sammy Couzens is looking to propel himself up the domestic rankings in a short-notice contest with Welsh champion Jeff Evans this weekend.

Couzens travels into the lion’s den on Saturday to meet Evans in Newport.

And the 25-year-old knows a strong performance against the 7-1-1 man can kickstart his season.

Couzens is hoping to get a crack at a Southern Area title in the coming months.

But first the 7-5 Titchfield battler will be looking to make a powerful impression against Evans on the Sky-televised bill.

His trainer Jack Bishop is looking for his man to deliver his usual gutsy display.

Bishop said: ‘It’s a contest that could potentially lift Sammy up the rankings, so we decided to go with it.

‘He keeps himself in good shape, so we have no worries about taking the fight at short notice.

‘The rule book tell boxers to keep themselves fit at all times. He does that.

‘He was doing sparring last week and will be ready.

‘Sammy has no fear and will get in there with anyone.

‘A lot of promoters would take advantage of that.

‘But we are looking to get him a Southern Area title shot around November and for him to push on.

‘We want him to go and surprise Evans first and we know he is capable of doing that.’

Evans goes into the contest on the back of a five fight unbeaten run.

He was last out in June when he picked up a four-round points win over Dean Walker.

Evans’ single professional loss came against Paul David in the semi-finals of the super-middleweight Prizefighter competition last year over three rounds.

He also picked up the Welsh title in May, with a win over former Tony Oakey opponent Shon Davies.

Bishop believes there is every chance the Evans camp may have underestimated his man.

He said: ‘Sam is seen as quite small as a light-heavyweight and isn’t known as a particularly heavy puncher.

‘But he isn’t one to be intimidated, either.

‘If Evans takes him lightly there’s no doubt Sammy can spring a surprise.’