Shinkwin: McIntyre will be target practice
MILES SHINKWIN believes Joel McIntyre will provide target practice for him.
And Shinkwin reckons the Leigh Park man’s corner will need to save their man when they collide in their English title rematch tomorrow.
The British title challenger took a 97-95 points win over McIntyre when they met for the Southern Area crown in 2014.
Shinkwin can only see things going the same way again when they meet in front of a partisan Portsmouth crowd.
The 28-year-old is known for his flashy skills and has a strong amateur pedigree – captaining England and boxing around the world.
Shinkwin acknowledged McIntyre’s strength – but he feels that will have no bearing on who comes out on top.
Shinkwin said: ‘He will bring what he has, and I’ll bring what I have.
‘What I bring is better than what he has, so I’d be nervous for him.
‘How long does the fight go? That depends on how brave his corner is.
‘He’s going to get hit a lot. Hit a lot for six or seven rounds.
‘If his corner want him to have to deal with that it’s up to them. If they want to do the sane thing it’s up to them.
‘He’s a tough man. I know he is.
‘He’s a strong man, too. But being strong doesn’t win fights.
‘I’m just going to keep hitting him.’
There has again been needle between the pair in the build-up to the contest with McIntyre branding Shinkwin ‘arrogant’ at Wednesday’s press conference at Fratton Park.
Shinkwin dismissed that suggestion after a tense head to head between the pair.
The Hertfordshire boxer insisted, however, a McIntyre return is something he’s been chasing for some time.
Shinkwin stated the 14-1 man’s team have twice turned down the rematch previously.
Now he’s looking to avoid the mistakes which cost him against British champ Hosea Burton in February.
He said: ‘I don’t think I’m arrogant. Anyone who knows me knows I’m not.
‘If he wants to say that and that’s what helps him win the fight good luck to him.
‘I think ability wins fight not arrogance.
‘I lost my head in the Burton fight and lost the fight. It’s about keeping composure and doing what I do best.
‘I’ve asked for this fight for two years.
‘His last manager turned it down and Steve Goodwin turned it down.
‘But now the fight has been made and we’re here to show what we can do.’