CARDLE BOOKED FOR FOURTH DEFENSE OF BRITISH BELT
Press Release: Already the British lightweight champion, Scotty Cardle (21-0) can win the Lord Lonsdale belt outright when he defends against Robbie Barrett (14-2-1) at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on April 15th, live on Sky Sports. Cardle puts his belt on the line for the fourth time in Scotland, but with a draw in his second defense and rematch against Sean Dodd last April, the unbeaten 27 year old needs to see off Barrett to claim the belt for keeps after stoppage wins over Dodd in November 2015 and Kevin Hooper in Glasgow in October.
Barrett is full of confidence going into the bout having landed the English strap on enemy territory in Birmingham against Marcus Ffrench in October and then defeating Hooper earlier this month.
Cardle put mandatory challenger Hooper away inside six rounds with a clinical display of his own, and the Lytham St. Annes man wants another stand-out performance to seal the belt and move on to target European honors.
ďIím over the moon to be getting the chance to win the belt outright,Ē said Cardle. ďIíve defended it many times now but with the draw I need one more to get my hands on it Ė and thatís always been the aim, itís something special and what Iíve always dreamed of.
ďThe last time I boxed in Glasgow I thought that was the one for me to win it outright, but itís no stress to fight for it again as Iím proud to be British champion and I love defending it, and to do it in Glasgow is special for me and my family.
ďIíd sparred a few times with Kevin but thatís all I had to go on to prepare for the fight, and he got the better of me in those spars to be honest so I was a bit nervous. I knew I had to be at my best and luckily enough I was, I felt great and Iím hoping to produce the same clinical performance as that.
ďI havenít seen much of Robbie, but Kevin has told me a bit about him and I leave that to Joe to study. Heís a southpaw and a good boxer coming off two strong wins, so weíll look back to my performances against Southpaws like Maxi Hughes and Craig Evans and make sure Iím on that kind of form.
ďI donít want to stand still, thereís a place on my mantelpiece for the Lonsdale belt and once Iíve got that for keeps I want to move on through the stages. The Lightweight scene in Britain is a World scene anyway; Terry Flanagan is a World champion and Luke Campbell is at World level, so if I do fight those guys I am moving forward.
ďI really want the European title next, Iíd love to fight Edis Tatli and Iíd be more than happy to go to Finland to take it from him Ė Iíve boxed all over the world as an amateur so that wouldnít faze me in the slightest.Ē
Cardleís clash with Barrett is part of a huge night of action in Glasgow as WBA 140-pound champion Ricky Burns looks to unify against IBF king Julius Indongo.
Cardleís gym-mate Callum Johnson defends his Commonwealth light heavyweight title against Schiller Hyppolite and Charlie Edwards and Iain Butcher clash for the vacant British 115-pound title.
Charlie Flynn fights for his first pro title as he faces Ryan Collins for the Celtic lightweight title, Joe Ham takes on Scott McCormack for the Scottish super bantamweight title and Team GB Olympian Josh Kelly makes his pro debut.