Leon Senior feeling “fitter” and “stronger” ahead of his MaxiNutrition Knockout semi-final clash with British light heavyweight champion Bob Ajisafe at Leeds Town Hall on May 17, live on Channel 5.
The Southern Area champion, Senior, is confident and taking heart from watching Ajisafe’s quarter-final performance against Dean Francis.
“Bob did exactly what he had to do but there were times that Francis was getting on top in that fight,” Leon said.
“Don’t get me wrong, there were times where Bob was on top, but I think a younger Dean would have capitalised – but on this occasion he just didn’t seem to have enough to follow it up.
“I think Dean had the right game plan – I take a lot of confidence from what I saw in that fight.”
Leon progressed into the semi-finals following a non-contest result against former Commonwealth title challenger Tony Hill following an accidental clash of heads.
The Swanley-based champion feels that will give him an advantage come fight night after Ajisafe came through a 12-round war with former British, Commonwealth, European, WBC International, WBO and IBO Inter-Continental champion Dean Francis at Rivermead, Reading, in his respective quarter-final.
“I haven’t had to go through that hard 12 rounds like Bob did, so that’s a feather in my cap,” Senior said.
“I’m a lot fresher, I’m excelling in my training, I feel a lot fitter and a lot stronger than I did last time and by the time I get in there I’ll be in the best shape of my life.
“It is difficult to prepare for an unorthodox fighter like Bob, as you can’t gauge what they’re going to do next, but I’m confident as I’ve seen opportunities where Dean could have capitalised and things he could have done which I feel I will be able take into the fight.”
This superb night of championship boxing will also see Newcastle fighter and newly crowned English light heavyweight champion ‘Tasty’ Travis Dickinson meet Preston’s Central Area champion ‘Magic’ Matty Clarkson in the second semi-final to decide who will compete for the first ever MaxiNutrition Knockout title.
The night will also feature a whole host of exciting talent on the undercard including former world heavyweight title contender and Wladimir Klitschko opponent ‘Fast’ Eddie Chambers, Bradford’s Darren Tetley and former WBC world light welterweight champion Junior Witter, as well as Leeds fighters Tommy Broadbent and Damon Jones and Morecambe’s Isaac Lowe.
Courtesy of the Hennessy Sports press office