Boxer Kyle has eyes on £10,000 prize

Boxer Kyle Lomotey is ready to risk his undefeated record as he enters a tournament in Manchester on Saturday.
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Kyle Lomotey

Lomotey, 28, is about to enter a new middleweight tournament organised by Contender VIP at Manchester’s Hilton Hotel that starts on Saturday September 21.

He will face a series of talented opponents in order to try and conquer the mountain- and win a huge cash prize in the process.

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There will be two semi-finals on the opening night, and then the final will then be fought in December.

It will be Lomotey’s first bout in the United Kingdom since May - after his last victory came in Saudi Arabia on Amir Khan’s glittering Jeddah undercard back in July.

He managed to defeat Abdulfatah Julaidan in his opposition’s own backyard- to the disappointment of the King Abdullah Sports City home crowd.

While Lomotey is on a roll in his professional career, it could be a massive gamble to compete in the Contender VIP’s showpiece given the calibre of opposition.

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While Lomotey understands the risk that he’s taking, he has no qualms about hanging his undefeated record in the balance.

“It looks like it’s going to be a great evening- I cannot wait," he said. "There’s a lot of fantastic lads taking part, and it’s undoubtedly going to be the toughest night of my career so far- regardless of who I fight.

“I know I’m going to have to be at the top of my game to win, but I’m quietly confident that I can book my place in the final in December with a victory on Saturday.

“I’ve been improving in every fight, and I’m feeling very sharp thanks to an excellent training camp at Elite Boxing in Bolton.

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“We had a great experience in Saudi Arabia. I think that experience being away from home and out of my comfort zone fighting against a total unknown will help.

“I only saw about 30-seconds footage of his performances, but even from that, I knew how to beat him.

“It was a fantastic moment for me to be able to win on television, and fight at a venue like that in Jeddah.

“But that’s in the past now, and my full focus is the Contender VIP tournament.

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“Putting my unbeaten record on the line is just one of those things. It doesn’t worry of bother me at all, because at the end of the day, a loss isn’t going to end you career. If anything, sometimes a loss is what a boxer needs to spark a comeback and become better than ever.

“You put your record on the line every time you fight, and this circumstance is no different. I’m treating this as just a normal bout, and I’m very relaxed going into the weekend.”

As a full-time brick layer, the £10,000 cash pot would be absolutely massive for Lomotey to pocket.

It may even mean that Lomotey can put down his tools for good to focus on boxing- which has been his goal all along.

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“It was a dream come true to turn professional, and my next dream is to be able to do this as my full-time job. But unfortunately, the financial side of having to raise my family has meant that I do have to work full-time as well as box.

“I wouldn’t change it for the world, as my children are the most important people in my life, but it would be nice if I could pack away my tools and focus on purely boxing, even it’s just for the time being.

“The £10,000 cash bonus of winning the tournament is life-changing. It’s an huge sum, and anyone would be lying if they said that’s not one of the main reasons why they’re entering this competition.

“It would be a massive moment for me if I can win. It does open up the possibility that I can turn boxing into my full-time job, which is a huge motivator for me, as it’s something I’d love to do. But I’m up against a lot of talented lads, and anything can happen.

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“I’m going to give it my best shot, but hopefully I’ll be walking out of the Hilton Hotel in December with £10,000 and a trophy in hand.”

Lomotey thanked his sponsors: SJN Fire and Security, Meeking Maintenances, John Alcock Plumbing and Heating, Premier Nutrition and Daz Marsh S&C for all the gruelling 6am sessions.