Guest Fighter Diary by Chris Conwell
The vacant English super featherweight title is, in the eyes of many, odds on to be going home with Zelfa Barrett following his Manchester derby battle against Chris Conwell that takes place in Leeds on Saturday week at the FD Arena. Conwell, as you might expect, has other ideas, as he explains in his Fighter Diary…
I KNOW I will be viewed as making up the numbers when I challenge Zelfa Barrett for the vacant English title in Leeds and that suits me just fine.
It is a big bill and a great opportunity for me. I grabbed it as soon as I got the call and I am looking forward to it.
I got good notice and was already training hard. I know Zelfa and his team well but, as we always say, it is going to be strictly business on the night and we’ll put our friendship to the side.
I believe I will walk away with that English title.
Our fighting backgrounds are different and there has been no hype surrounding me. There can be no doubt over Zelfa’s boxing skills and stuff, but there are things that we have seen to exploit and things we are going to work on.
John Murray, my trainer, knows and I know what we are up against and we think we will come through that. We’ve got a good gameplan and we know what to do with someone like Zelfa.
He is a top class boxer and a nice lad as well, but he wants what I want, so that is why it becomes business.
One hundred per cent I will be one of the first opponents who will really hit him back in a fight.
I’ve had hits in my fights and I’ve taken losses, so there is nothing for me to lose in this. I will just go in full of confidence and ready to put on a good show.
We don’t yet know if he can take a big shot, so we will soon see! I don’t want to go too much into it, but early on I think he will be dangerous then later on we will take him into the trenches and see how it goes from there.
I have been asked if will try and box him or take him into a shootout, but I think it will be more a case of trying to rough him up a bit and not stand for too much off him.
We’ll know what to do come fight night and we will make him uncomfortable in there, as uncomfortable as it can be for him. I believe we can do that.
I am more of a come forward fighter who keeps my hands up nice and tight, a fighter who will fight anyone. I am 31 now – although I don’t look it! – and will take any fight.
My trainer John knows what to do and I am sure we will be the first to dethrone Zelfa.
We will be bringing a good few over to Leeds next week – a few coach loads – so it should be a bit of a mad atmosphere.
It will be good.