Celtic super lightweight champion Jason Easton believes a longer training camp will help him thrill the Meadowbank crowd when he meets Hungarian Zoltan Szabo tomorrow night.
Having won the Celtic belt at the Capital venue with a second-round stoppage of Welshman Rhys Saunders in October, the Craigmillar boxer was expected to continue his rise up the rankings with scheduled fights for both January and last month. However, those contests were subsequently scrapped leaving the 25-year-old with extra weeks in the gym to prepare for his ten-round showdown with Szabo (15-4).
“The training has been stepped up and I’ve been in camp since October so it’s been a long time in coming,” said Easton, who is seeking his ninth straight win when he fights on the undercard of Josh Taylor’s Commonwealth super lightweight title defence against South Africa’s Warren Joubert.
“It was disappointing to have been let down earlier this year but I’ve built up a lot of muscle so I feel stronger and better for this one now. I think that will show tomorrow night and I’ll look better for it.
“I’ve seen a lot of Zoltan and I was there when he defeated Stephen Ormond in Glasgow in October so I know how good he is and I expect him to go the ten rounds.
“He’s given a lot of the tough guys in our division a real hard fight. He’s got a very good record for being just 22. Zoltan is a better boxer than Rhys Saunders so we’ve prepared well.
“This will definitely be my hardest fight but I’m more than ready. I don’t want to look too far ahead but everyone dreams of getting to British title level and winning the Lonsdale belt. But it’s still early on as I’ve only had eight fights so I’ll be looking to defend my Celtic title next time out.”
Easton’s duel will again fight live on Spike TV just as he did when powering past Saunders five months ago.
“Being on live television in October and again tomorrow night is just brilliant exposure for myself,” said Easton.
“The atmosphere is incredible every single time so you can’t ask for much more.”
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