Dean Dodge challenges for his first professional title: "I'll do my town of Yeovil proud!"
Unbeaten fighters collide as Dean Dodge (9-0-1, 3 KOs) faces Southern Area super-featherweight champion Danny Carr (11-0-1, 4 KOs) at the University of Bolton Stadium on Friday 19 February, live in the US on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank, and worldwide on YouTube channel IFL TV.
The championship clash will also serve as an eliminator for the English super-featherweight title, and 27-year-old 'El Diablo' Dodge is ready to take his chance with both hands.
Dodge said: "This is going to mean the world to me. It’s going to open up a lot of doors. I’ve dreamed of this opportunity since being a kid and when I win this fight I’m going to be the first ever professional boxing champion from my hometown of Yeovil.
"Training over the last few months has gone well. I had a little injury from my last fight that I needed to rest so my body can be 100% for 2021. My disappointment from not fighting in 2020 has been turned into a blessing as I stayed in the gym and had an extra year of learning.
"This fight is what dreams are made of. My aspirations in this game are to win titles and box on big platforms. I want to win the Southern Area title, then go on to fight for the English belt. I believe I have an exciting style that is good for tv and I’m never in a boring fight."
Both fighters are unbeaten with one draw apiece on their otherwise perfect records. Champion 'Cannon' Carr, 31 from Sidcup, was held to a draw by Scott Moises (10-11-3, 2KOs), which added up to a four-fight unbeaten streak for the two-time Southern Area title contender from Norfolk; and challenger Dodge was tied 38-38 with Zambia's Mwenya Chisanga in just his third pro bout, almost three years ago now.
Elsewhere on next week's huge card, Sean McComb and Gavin Gwynne meet for the vacant Commonwealth lightweight title, Darren Tetley and Samuel Antwi collide for the vacant English welterweight title, Pierce O'Leary fights Irvin Magno, Mark McKeown takes on Brad Daws, Paddy Donovan returns, and Mohammed Sameer is back in action.