Unbeaten hot Chorley prospect Jack Catterall faces his toughest fight yet when appearing the undercard of the one of the most anticipated bouts of the year.
The light-welterweight will take on Liverpool’s Nathan Brough as an appetiser to the clash between Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury fight at the Phones 4u arena on Saturday, July 26.
The Chisora v Fury fight already has plenty on the line including the British and European titles.
But more importantly, it is a final eliminator for the right to meet current WBA, IBF, WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.
It has been announced that the Catterall fight will be 10 rounds and be for the vacant Central Area light-welterweight title.
It will be the first time highly-rated Catterall competed in a 10-round contest , and he will be facing an opponent whi has racked up 11 wins with two knockouts in his spotless career to date.
Catterall has won all eight of his contests, four finishing inside the distance.
Ahead of the fight, Catterall has taken himself off to Las Vegas for some top-quality sparring sessions – he is currently training with another of Beard’s fighters, IBF Super Featherweight champion Argenis Mendez.
Catterall said: “I’m in Las Vegas for the best sparring possible for this fight because there’s no way I’m losing this one.
“I’ve been too America before and it’s great. I’m away from everything and I can concentrate on my boxing.
“I’ve grown up watching boxing in America and I’ve been part of some of the biggest nights when Ricky Hatton was in the ring.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to fight at the Phones 4u arena and now it will finally happen.”
The pair have been up close and personal before as they once shared a ring together while sparring.
But Catterall insists all friendships will go out the window come fight night.
He added: “We’re both undefeated and there’s a lot on the line, neither of us will want to lose, but one of us is going to have to leave the ring a beaten man and it’s not going to be me.
“We’ve sparred, yes, but that’s just sparring.
“When it will count for real is on the July 26, that’s when it really matters.”
Liverpudlian Brough is expecting a tough night but feels he can edge Catterall.
He said: “This is a great fight at this stage of my career and a win will give me a massive boost.
“We know each other and get on well, but that will have to be put to one side while we’re in the ring and I reckon it’s going to be a right tear up between us. No quarter will be given, I’m coming out of the ring the champion.
“I’ve sparred a few rounds with him, but that was early in our careers and we’ve both come on since then.
“I’m looking forward to seeing what he’s got, but I’m 100 percent confident of dealing with him and winning.”
The rest of the undercard is starting to take shape for the fight with former Olympian Billy Joe Saunders set to feature alongside Derry Mathews and Joe Costello.
If you want to purchase tickets, contact Jack’s father on 07872 500644.