Boxer Andrew Fleming has been working relentlessly in preparation for his final bout of 2018 – and has vowed to treat fans to an explosive display this weekend.
The Wiganer – who has won three out of three bouts this year – will be in action tomorrow against Newark’s Fonz Alexander at the University of Bolton Stadium.
Fleming, 25, impressed onlookers this year with his ability to mix styles throughout his bouts whilst still looking comfortable and in control.
Traditionally a southpaw boxer, Fleming often transitions from his trademark style to suit and respond to his opponents’ differing approaches in bouts.
In his last outing, the Astley VIP star almost forced an early stoppage against Lee Connelly at the Victoria Warehouse after he piled on the pressure with an explosive start.
Connelly was able to survive the duration after a shaky first-round, but Fleming still recorded a 40-37 points victory in September.
And Fleming – who received high praise for his ferocious start last time out – is promising that supporters will start to see more of his explosive side.
He said: “I started quick, and obviously from what the referee was saying, it looked like I was going to get the stoppage, but I wasn’t able to.
“For some reason, the weight was coming off so I really killed myself to make weight in the week leading up to it, and I think in the final round, I gassed out. Fans will definitely see more of that side from me – and hopefully I’ll keep it up for four rounds.
“I always look to put on a show, and I’m hoping to deliver a really exciting performance this weekend. You always want those crowd-pleasing fights, and I think as I fight more, you’ll see what I’m capable of doing.
“Depending on my opponent, I believe I’m more than capable of adapting to more styles, and hopefully they’ll be more crowd-pleasers like the last one.”
Fleming will face Alexander in a 4x3 super lightweight clash in Bolton, and he is already raring to go for his latest test.
He said: “Alexander will be a tough fight – he’s a similar boxer to Lee Connelly.
“He likes to start fast and comes for a fight. He’s a talented boxer – but I think I’m more than able to defeat him.
“I’ve seen him box before, and I’m confident that I can beat him if I stay focused on the night and do what I know I can do and do everything that we’ve worked on in the gym.
“It’s been nine weeks of hard graft, but I’m feeling in the best condition that I’ve ever been in.
“I cannot wait for Saturday. I’ve been counting down the days to get into the ring– I’m so glad the wait is nearly over.
“It’s actually mind-blowing- I cannot actually put it into words how much it actually means to me. I’ll always be so thankful of the support.
“I can promise that I’ll be doing everything that I possibly can to make people proud and repay them for the faith that they’ve shown me.
“Ever since my debut in Wigan, people have always made the effort to support me.”