THERE will be more than just the British Masters light heavyweight title on the line when Danny Slaney and James Tucker clash at the Racecourse on Friday night.
Local pride is at stake for the two Doncaster fighters but also the future direction of their respective careers.
For Bessacarr’s Tucker there is an opportunity to step out of the shadows in the latter half of his career.
And Harworth’s Slaney has the chance to show he is a genuine prospect after an unbeaten start to his professional career.
Both are keen to set the record straight after battling out a draw over four rounds in November.
“I got a draw last time which has made me eager for revenge because I was sure I won,” 28-year-old Tucker said.
“I will win by the half way point, I expect a brutal win and an exciting show for the fans. I’m stronger than him, I hit harder and his punches never affected me.
“He’s smart and he’s slick but I’m aggressive and I’ll come forward as long as the fight lasts – which won’t be long.”
Slaney believes he was not at his best for the pair’s previous meeting but says he has never felt better heading into Friday’s showdown.
He said: “I knew how to beat him last time but I was not at my best.
“This time I’ve had my head fully on the job and ten weeks to prepare for him. I know exactly what to do to beat him and I’m confident. It’s my first ten rounder and I get better and stronger as the fight goes on.”
Slaney, 27, won his first four fights before his draw with Tucker who has seven victories from 69 fights.
Tucker has targeted 100 fights before his retirement.
He said: “This is an even fight which is unusual for me. I’m going to put everything into it and hopefully it’ll bring a few more even fights my way. I want to give the underdog a good name.”
Promoter Glyn Rhodes MBE said: “We’ve heard all the excuses from both sides after last time but that’s made for an even better fight. Both lads have to be ready because there will be no excuses after this one.”
The card is packed with local fighters including Conisbrough light heavyweight Arron Boyce who is looking to get back on track after suffering a surprise knock out in his debut.
Boyce faces Tony Shields while Harworth’s Matt Brierley takes on Simeon Cover. Hatfield’s Warren Nixon will make his pro debut against Alex Phillips.
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