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Levi Ferguson is of the opinion that hard work pays dividends as he looks to rack up more rounds on his learning experience.
The unbeaten Ferguson is down for a second six-rounder, having already completed the distance the last time he stepped through the ropes.
He features on BCB Promotions’ summer offering at Walsall Town Hall, with fight night coming up this Saturday July 6. The show has been titled ‘The Heat Is On.’
It heralds a return to the same venue where Ferguson has recorded all four of his successes in the paid ranks.
He made his bow in 2018, with the debut year witnessing four-round points whitewashes over Paul Cummings, Jordan Grannum and Danny Little.
February’s points verdict over Kevin McCauley was also by a landslide and saw him step up in distance, with the duration completed victoriously.
Ferguson is a regular fixture at BCB’s base in Wednesbury, sparring regularly with his stable-mates in one of the busiest gyms around.
The 24-year-old turned over with an amateur grounding, but only had a handful of bouts for his local Pleck Boxing Club.
He said: “This has been some of the best fight preparation that I’ve had, I’ve had lots of sparring and that’s been on a par with the last couple.
“I’ve been in there with anyone and everyone, so my reactions are razor sharp. I feel like I’m better suited to longer rounds.
“I can do 10 in the gym, there have been times when I’ve done 12 or 13, and that’s with fresh lads jumping in after a few rounds.
“I think I’ve got a good engine and I train at a high intensity, so fighting tends to come easy. My style is to put on pressure, so that suits me.
“I’m an aggressive counter puncher, who likes to pile on the pressure. Hard work, discipline and dedication are important in this sport.
“After this one, I’ll start looking further afield, towards belts and things of that nature, then I can start to make a proper name for myself.
“I’m always fit, I’ve realised the emphasis on training since I turned pro and perhaps I didn’t always dedicate myself like that as an amateur. I’m constantly learning and improving.
“Since I was a kid, boxing is what I’ve enjoyed and I’m buzzing to be a part of it. When you enjoy it, you look forward to that experience. It’s hard work, but worthwhile.”
Amy Timlin also features on BCB Promotions’ summer offering at Walsall Town Hall titled ‘The Heat Is On.’
The teenage bantamweight, from Southam in Warwickshire, turned over under the same Town Hall lights with a spotless points success over Roz Mari Silyanova.
The 19-year-old bashed around the Bulgarian to the point of a 40-35 verdict, with nerves certainly not getting the better of her.
Timlin is hoping to replicate her success in kickboxing where she claimed national, British, Commonwealth, European and world titles.
She switched sports and became an amateur boxer, learning a different craft under the tutelage of Frankie Gavin at his Ringside gym in Birmingham.
She’s now one of six females on BCB’s books and is determined to make waves at 118lbs, where Shannon Courtenay could be a rival down the line.
Timlin said: “I really enjoyed my debut, there was a lot of pressure on me during fight week, because everyone expects big things, but I loved every second of it.
“My opponent was a very awkward southpaw, who made it scrappy for me as she kept holding on, but I stayed composed.
“I’ve always had a natural talent for boxing, even when I was a kickboxer. As soon as I changed sports, I was soon able to box my way through fights.
“I’m always training and sparring with the lads at the BCB gym in Wednesbury, but there are a few girls that also come down.
“Dani Hodges, Kirstie Bavington and Rachel Ball (BCB stable-mates) are usually there on Sundays, so we’re all working with and helping each other.
“My style is to be aggressive, I love coming forward but I can work out on the outside, so I can switch my game-plan when I need to.
“I’m more settled now, I’ve got my debut out of the way and I’ve been focused on my training, so I’m more confident in myself for next time.
“I’ve got big ambitions, I want to win English and British titles and, one day, become a world champion. That’s what I’m aiming for.
“There’s not that many girls around in the bantamweight division, so it can be kind of tricky to get matched up.
“There is some good opposition out there, though, such as Shannon Courtenay. She’s been on television and a name that is definitely one for me, in the future.”
Tickets, priced at £35 standard or £65 VIP ringside with a buffet and waitress service, are on sale now from the Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900. It’s £40 for entry on the door.