This weekend the BBBofC Midlands Area Welterweight Champion Kaisee Benjamin will be in action at Villa Park, Birmingham where he’ll face seasoned pro Kevin McCauley in a contest scheduled for 6 rounds.
It’s a contest that Benjamin will be expected by many to win. And waiting in the wings, if the talented and seriously well spoken of 23 year old from Birmingham lives up to expectations, will be the Dudley born prospect, Kingswinford’s unbeaten fighter, Danny Ball.
Ball, whose record stands at 7-0-0 (3 KOs) has set his sights on a showdown with Benjamin and just ahead of his own forthcoming bout which takes place at Walsall Town Hall on Saturday February 16, the 22 year old had this to say;
“I feel ready, I’m in great shape already and I’ve carried on training since I last boxed, which was at the end of October. I’ve been at super welter, but the weight is coming off nicely.
Ball continued: “If it comes off, I’ll be going for the Midlands in my ninth fight. Our Jamie had to wait until his 11th so it’s (happened) quicker than expected.
“Nothing has been announced yet, but we’ve been preparing as if it’s February 16 at the (Walsall) Town Hall and Benjamin on March 29 for a while.”
Ball features on BCB Promotions’ first West Midlands offering of 2019, which will take place two days after Valentine’s Day. The show is called ‘No Love Lost.’ A clash with Benjamin, who claimed the belt with a TKO win over Alex Fearon last November, it’s hoped will follow and talks have reached an advanced stage for him to make his first defence against Ball.
“I trust my coaches, Robert Wright and Richard Ghent (both ex-professionals),” Ball added, “and we all believe that I can do this.”
Ball already feels fighting fit ahead of his Town Hall appearance, where he’s been paired with never-stopped Londoner Jordan Grannum. On top of this he’s buzzing at the prospect of becoming the second member of his family to box for an area title, with older brother Jamie a former titleist at super welter.
“I know I’ve got power, Kev (McCauley) has been in there over 200 times and he doesn’t get stopped a lot. He came to have a go and that worked in my favour.
“We’d sparred loads of rounds before that and we’ve talked about doing some more. Hopefully, he’ll be able to tell me a lot about Benjamin.
“We’ve got Grannum in for that purpose, he has that same hands down sort of style and I’m a fast learner. It’s a shame it’s only for four rounds!
“If I can get any opponent out of there, I won’t hesitate and Grannum is no different. It would be good for me to make another statement.
“My speed is getting better, I’m punching harder and harder and the accuracy has always been there. February 16, at the Town Hall, is my first chance to show that.”
Tickets, priced at £35 standard or £65 VIP ringside with a buffet and waitress service, are on sale from the Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900. It will be £40 for entry on the door.
It’s great to see Danny Ball coming through. I’ve watched his last three fights and he impresses me each time he fights. It looks like he has got knockout power and can box some too. He does need to be careful of his next opponent though. Grannum might not demonstrate knockout power but as this picture shows, he can find the target when he lets his punches go.