Sheffield’s Liam Cameron respects Lancashire rival - but expects to win

Liam Cameron
Liam Cameron

Sheffield’s Liam Cameron says he has the power and resilience to overcome anything that Commonwealth title rival Luke Blackledge can throw at him tonight.

The Lancashire super middleweight has a reputation as an aggressive scrapper and will have the backing of local fans at St George’s Hall, Blackburn.

But 24-year-old ‘Cannonball’ says he will relish the experience.

“I used to love going to other people’s back yard in the amateurs when you’d get booed, I don’t know why. If they do that to me again, I’ll just deal with it.

“I expect him to spoil the fight, that’s my prediction. He only seems to have one style and that’s head- down in the chest and try to throw as many punches as he can.

“But the way I have been hitting the pads and feeling at this weight I know I can hurt people.

“Before (campaigning at middleweight) after four rounds I would be dying a death. Now I can keep it up.”

Cameron damaged his hand in his last fight but it is now completely healed.

He accepts Blackledge will be desperate to win the Commonwealth title - Accrington man tried and failed to in a one-round knock-out by Rocky Fielding in his first attempt in 2013.

“He has my respect and he comes wanting to take my head off. He is not scared of taking any fight, but nor am I and I know I am the better all-round boxer.”

Cameron, from Manor Park., intends to feel out his opponent initially and then “rip some hard shots at him.”

A coach-load of fans will be backing the Sheffielder on the other side of the Pennines.

“It will probably be hostile there, although I don’t now whether he packs buildings out with his fans. He didn’t seem to when he boxed Philip Kotey there.”