BORG NOT PHASED BY AWAY DAY FIGHT

Welsh middleweight champion Frankie Borg (8-2, 3KO) isn’t phased by fighting in his opponent’s back yard ahead of his title defence against Kerry Hope (20-6, 1KO) live on Eurosport (Sky Ch. 410) tomorrow. The pair were meant to fight on Matchroom Sport’s ‘Reloaded’ show in February but Borg was ruled out with a back injury. It was rescheduled and now they clash on Sanigar Events’ show named ‘Welsh Pride’ at the Merthyr Leisure Centre in Hope’s hometown. 33-year-old Borg said, “I wouldn’t have minded it in February, I would’ve loved it to be on the Matchroom show, it was a big show but I don’t mind going in to his back yard and fighting him. “My fans are coming here and it’ll be a good fight. Hopefully I have a lot of fans here tomorrow. How many have we got? 60 or 70 should be coming, that’ll do for me.” Cardiff’s Borg won the title in the summer with a sixth round stoppage over Bargoed’s brawler Gary Cooper in an all action affair at the Newport Centre which BoxingWales.com named Fight of the Year. Although recognising that Hope is a step up in class, Borg believes it’s a gap he can bridge. He said, “Maybe I’ll have to have a fight like that again but we’ll see what happens. I’m fit enough and I’m strong, my weight is bang on because I’ve done it right and I just can’t wait until tomorrow now.” “I’m just going to do what I’ve got to do – be busy and beat him. It could be an action packed fight or I could outbox him if I want to, we’ll see what happens on the night. I’ve been planning bits and bobs in my head but I’ll have to see what happens tomorrow.” Chris Eubank Jnr knocked out Borg in the final seconds of his last fight but the Welshman insists that he won’t suffer any psychological effects from the fight, which he accepted on next to no notice. Speaking of Eubank Jnr, earlier this week Frank Warren announced that he will fight Hope on April 12th at London’s Copper Box Arena. Commenting on both issues, Borg said, “Psychological scars? No chance. I took that on three days notice, I had to lose a lot of weight to fight an unbeaten prospect. It is what it is but that’s done and dusted now. “He (Hope) is a professional but maybe he’ll take me too lightly and think he’s going to step over me but then it’s my gain. Hopefully, he will be thinking of Eubank and I can do my business to spoil it then.” Friday night’s fight isn’t the first time Borg will have come back from a defeat. A knockout defeat to Danny Butler in 2012 saw Borg bounce back with two of his best performances with wins over Diego Burton and Gary Cooper. The Welshman is confident that he can come back and win again, he said, “The fight with Danny Butler was a good fight but I did rush a few things in there, that’s why I lose but I polished off what I needed to and had two good wins when I came back. I know how to come back from a loss. “The Eubank fight was a short notice fight, it didn’t go to plan but we’ve moved on. I’ve been waiting a long time for this fight and I can’t wait to fight tomorrow now.” Tickets for ‘Welsh Pride’ are priced at £30 for unreserved seating and £60 for ringside seating. To buy tickets, contact Sanigar Events at the Bristol Boxing Gym base on +44(0)1179496699.

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