Matthews ready for title fight

MIDDLEWEIGHT hopeful Harry Matthews will step back in to the ring next month for an anticipated rematch, as he does battle for the International Masters title once again.

He is due to face Bristol-based Rocky Cakir, the fighter who inflicted a points defeat on the self-styled Pocklington Rocket three months ago at the York Energise Centre to take the vacant belt.

The narrow 96-94 loss, which many felt could have easily gone Matthews’ way, left him with a professional record of 11-3.

Less than two weeks later he amicably split from his trainer Glenn Banks, whom he had worked with for four years.

But Matthews now feels ready for the fresh challenge, under the guidance of new trainer Nick Manners.

Leeds-based Manners is himself a former light-heavyweight, having been defeated by ring legend Joe Calzaghe back in 1995.

Former Woldgate student Matthews will head the ten-fight card at Leeds United’s Elland Road, which is being billed as ‘Sudden Impact: A Night of Explosive Boxing’ from local promoter Mark Bateson.

The 24 year-old says this time he will be better prepared.

Matthews said: “I’m stepping up training properly this time, last time I trained for 13 weeks. It was too long and I peaked too soon, I was a bit flat.

“It’s all about what works for you when it comes to training. We’ve even brought in a nutritionist to make sure I’m eating the right things. I know I have got the power to stop him, last time I really hurt him in the eighth round so I’m really looking forward to it.”

Fight night is planned for 24 September with tickets costing £30, or £65 for VIP tickets which includes a meal and table service.

For details or tickets contact Harry Matthews on 07854 543133, or the ticket hotline on 07778 601427.