Chorley champion ready for title defence

Catterall (right) April defence

Catterall (right) April defence

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Chorley’s Jack Catterall will defend his WBO inter-continental super-llghtweight title against Walsall’s Martin Gethin at the Manchester Arena on April 8.

Catterall is unbeaten in 17 fights (nine knockouts) and has claimed the Central Area, WBO European and inter-continental belts on the way.

He earned a unanimous decision against tough Argentinian Diego Gonzalo Luque last time out in December despite injuring both hands in the opening round but is determined to with in style against the current IBF international super-lightweight champion.

Gethin upset the odds against John Wayne Hibbert last November.

After being called up at less than a week’s notice, Gehtin spectacularly stopped Hibbert in the fourth round and will be heading into his clash with Catterall full of confidence.

“Martin had a good win last time out which will have given him a lot of momentum heading into our fight,” Catterall said.

“He’s been a good domestic fighter over the years and has some decent wins to his name. I know he’ll be up for this fight and I’ve got the bit between my teeth - I’m well up for it!

“I never overlook any opponents and I’m going to train the hardest and the smartest that I can so that on April 8 he’ll just be another notch on my belt.

“Watching Martin and how he’s been fighting of late I can see that he’s a come forward fighter who likes to try and break his opponents down with relentless pressure.

“His style is perfect for me, I’ll be able to find chinks in his armour and if he keeps coming at me it’s only going to get more painful for him.”