KENNEDY AIMS TO MAKE MATOVU STATEMENT

Cardiff’s Craig Kennedy (7-0, 5KO) is planning to be the fourth person to stop Moses Matovu (4-38-4) when they meet for the British Masters Bronze cruiserweight championship. The contest co-headlines ‘Enter The Dragon’, the first promotion of former world champion Steve Robinson at the Newport Centre on Friday 14th March. Matovu, a 37-year-old Ugandan who is based in Northern Ireland, has fought Britain’s best prospects in the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions. While the owner of a modest record, Matovu turns up to win and has often won rounds on the road. Kennedy said, “He’s not a journeyman who just ducks and dives, he’s very smart and he takes the odd chance. If you look at his record and break it down, he wins rounds but always falls a little bit short. With our game plan to stay behind the jab, break him down with body shots – I’ll be number four to take him out. “I’ve watched a bit of him. When I saw him fight, I couldn’t believe he’s lost so many. He didn’t look like a bad boy, it’s going to be very interesting for me and my camp to have someone who’s going to come and try put me through hell. My main goal is proving everyone wrong and stopping him inside the distance.” Kennedy was hoping to contest the Welsh title against fellow countrymen Wayne Brooks and Hari Miles but both were forced to withdraw with back injuries in December and March, respectively. In stepped Matovu and it will be the first time either boxer has been scheduled for the eight round title distance. Kennedy is intent on making a statement and has prepared for it by spending time in Birmingham and London, as well as sparring Midlands champion Chris Keane and ex-world champion Enzo Maccarinelli. He said, “With opponents letting me down recently, it’s made me more hungry. I know Matovu’s going to turn up in tip top condition because he’s recently fought and he’s a survivor. My main aim is to stop him, not many people have had the opportunity to take him out. So, if I can go there and stop him in eight rounds then that will send a message to the other cruiserweights out there. “I know he’s only done four and six rounders which he does regular, I think eight rounds will take him out of his comfort zone. I know I haven’t done eight rounds of competitive boxing but I’m regularly doing 10 and 12 rounds with ex-champions, we’re doing hard rounds and they’re not easy. I think my conditioning, athleticism will take me in to the later rounds and I’ll take him out late then, that’s the plan.” Tickets to ‘Enter The Dragon’ are priced at £60 for ringside seats with a VIP buffet and £30 for standard seating. You can buy tickets at www.SteveRobinsonPromotions.com or by calling 02920 492970.

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