Luke Watkins is relishing the chance to fight in Swindon for the first time in two years but the cruiserweight is also keen to get back in the ring with the “best of Britain”.
Back-to-back defeats against Lawrence Okolie and Isaac Chamberlain has given Watkins a taste of life at the next level and the former Commonwealth champion is confident that he belongs in the mix with Britain’s best cruiserweights.
But before he gets another crack at the likes of Okolie or Chamberlain, Watkins will bid to return to winnings ways on April 27th at Swindon’s Oasis Leisure on the “Fight Town 1” card.
“It’s an opportunity and I love fighting in front of my home town,” said Watkins.
“I love fighting away and fighting on these big occasions as well, I love it all, I literally love every part of boxing, so it’s just great, really great.
“I’d say it’s more intense fighting at home than it is out and about. When you are out and about you are fighting in bigger places and the crowd are spread out, but here it is intense, everybody is on top of you, you know everyone in the crowd.”
Discussing his plans for the rest of the year, Watkins made it clear that he wants to fight the best Britain has to offer, adding: “I am right there at the level with everyone else at the best level in Britain for the cruiserweights right now. Pick another one, I’ll fight them, line them up.
“Give me a five-fight contract with the best in Britain, I’ll take it and fight them all.”
Watkins is the co-headline fight with fellow Swindonian Ryan Martin on the “Fight Town 1” card which is promoted by Neilson Boxing in association with Paddy Fitzpatrick and Trifecta Boxing.
A host of other Swindon boxers feature on the 15-fight card including Bec Connolly while there is a debut for Chippenham’s Carl Mallinson.
Tickets are now on sale and can be obtained by any of the boxers or via the Neilson Boxing website www.neilsonboxing.co.uk