Wigan’s James Moorcroft vows to bring his ‘A-game’ for Bolton showdown

James Moorcroft is aiming to go 9-0. Picture: Karen Priestley Photography
James Moorcroft is aiming to go 9-0. Picture: Karen Priestley Photography

Boxer James Moorcroft will end 2018 with a blockbuster showdown against Atherton’s William Warburton at the University of Bolton Stadium tomorrow.

Moorcroft – who was born and raised in Hindley – has won five out of five matches this year, including clinching his first minor career title in June against Sheffield’s Nathan Hardy.

He was victorious in his last outing at the Victoria Warehouse when he comfortably defeated Lithuanian native Arvydas Trizno in September. And now the 25-year-old is preparing to conclude the calendar year with a 6x3 super-welterweight clash against Warburton on Saturday, December 8.

Warburton, 31, is highly-regarded in the boxing world, having competed in more than 180 professional bouts, and recently impressed onlookers on the Tyson Fury-Francesco Pianeta undercard.

Moorcroft said: “It’s an unbelievable opportunity for me. You only need to mention the name ‘William Warburton’ in a boxing environment and the praise comes pouring in for him.

“I already know a lot about him because I knew he’d come along at some point. Obviously, the fight has been made – if the fight goes ahead with Warburton is another thing – but hopefully it happens as he’s a big name on the circuit.

“He’s a very different opponent to everyone else I have fought. He can turn it on, and give me the hardest night.

“The Bolton stadium is a great venue. I’m looking to put on a great performance to end 2018 then move on to a huge 2019.”

Although the Wiganer holds the utmost respect for Warburton, he is adamant he will move to 9-0 if he brings his “A-game”.

“It will be a privilege to step into the ring with William, as I really respect what he’s done and achieved in his career, but all my respect for him will be forgotten when that bell rings,” the 25-year-old said.

“I believe in myself, and the team we’ve got at Blundell’s Boxing. I need to bring my A-game, I need to box and not get frustrated, and really work hard.”

In preparation for his approaching bout, Moorcroft has been firing on all cylinders to ensure he will be fight-ready.

He has been sparring at Droylsden ABC and Ricky Hatton’s gym and is also planning to head to the Isle of Man for six days to endure gruelling winter training in the hilly mountains.

More than 100 fans are expected to make the short trip to Bolton, and Moorcroft expressed his gratitude for their support.

He also thanked sponsors: Advanced Fencing and Gates Ltd, Mullins Associates, Acorn Environment Services, North West Aesthetics, Big Dog Bullys, Maidens Butchers Hindley, Breheny Security, J R Plastering (Uk) Ltd, Doing 
Bits Street Food and Desserts and WL Building Developments.