London (30 April) Leon Senior is “looking forward” to the “biggest fight” of his career when he faces British light heavyweight champion Bob Ajisafe in the MaxiNutrition Knockout semi-finals at Leeds Town Hall on May 17, live on Channel 5.
The Southern Area champion, Senior, would “love” to win the competition and feels all the pressure is on the Leeds man, Ajisafe, ahead of their domestic clash.
“I’m really looking forward to it, this is my biggest fight to date and it’s the best opportunity I could ask for,” Senior said.
“It would mean so much to get through Ajisafe, he’s the favourite in this competition so I’m not looking any further than him and I’m taking it one fight at a time.”
Senior progressed following a non-contest decision against former Commonwealth title contender Tony Hill after an accidental clash of heads cut short their quarter-final.
While Ajisafe came through a brutally relentless fight of the year contender against former British, Commonwealth, European, WBC International, WBO and IBO Inter-Continental champion Dean Francis on points at Rivermead, Reading and the Swanley man recognises that many will favour Bob when they meet, but believes he has what it takes to cause a major upset.
“I have no pressure at all on me,” Senior said.
“I don’t think in anyone’s eyes other than the people in my own camp am I expected to win this fight.
“I know Bob has fought a lot of high profile fighters, where I haven’t, so I wouldn’t blame anyone looking at him as the favourite, but I still think I have a better chance than most will think.
“I always believe in myself and I see myself as a very strong contender for this competition and this fight.
“I never thought I was going to be in a competition like this and I would love to lift that trophy.”
This superb night of championship boxing will also see Newcastle fighter and newly crowned English light heavyweight champion ‘Tasty’ Travis Dickinson meet Preston’s Central Area champion ‘Magic’ Matty Clarkson in the second semi-final to decide who will compete for the first ever MaxiNutrition Knockout title.
The night will also feature a whole host of exciting talent on the undercard including former world heavyweight title contender and Wladimir Klitschko opponent ‘Fast’ Eddie Chambers, Bradford’s former WBC world light welterweight champion Junior Witter, as well as Leeds fighter Damon Jones, Bradford’s Darren Tetley, Hull fighter Samir Mouneimne and Morecambe’s Isaac Lowe.