English bantamweight champion Jason Cunningham is set to battle on several fronts in the next few months in his bid to increase his gold haul, writes Liam Hoden.
The Woodlands fighter will face tough Ghanian Isaac Owusu at the Dome on May 11 in a Commonwealth title eliminator.
And the British Boxing Board of Control have now ordered him to face Ryan Farrag in a British title eliminator by the end of June.
Off the back of his explosive English title win over Scott Gladwin in March, Cunningham is taking preparations for a hectic few months in his stride.
“It’s all very exciting for me at the minute but this is exactly what I wanted,” Cunningham said.
“I was back in the gym a week after the last fight and I wanted to stay active and in big fights as well.
“The most important thing is that I don’t look past the Owusu fight and I don’t think that will happen.
“It’s a big step up for me but I’m ready for it.
“And then we’ll start talking about Farrag but I’m confident about that as well.”
Owusu has stopped 18 opponents in 23 wins from 26 fights and has previously fought for the super flyweight Commonwealth crown.
However, his three defeats have come in his only bouts outside his native Ghana.
Cunningham is confident of being able to control Owusu’s aggression with his newly tuned up jab.
He said: “Since I started working with Stefy Bull we’ve focused a lot on the jab.
“Now everything is working off that and it’s all working really well.
“I’m confident of winning fights by sitting off and using the jab.
“But I know that I can step up and go for the finish myself as I showed in the last fight.
“It’s setting me up well for whatever gets thrown my way this year.
“I’ve got a lot of big things coming up. It’s going to be an exciting few months.”
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