Clayton Bricknell is going all-out for his first win since 2018 and says it’ll be “all or nothing” when he takes on Daryl Pearce at The Banks’s Stadium, Walsall in the Stadium Suite on Friday, February 14.
The 27-year-old, Wolverhampton born boxer’s name is on the five-bout fight card for BCB Promotions‘ ‘St. Valentine’s Day Massacre’ show.
Bricknell opened his professional account impressively in 2018 with two wins from two bouts. Both fights took place in front of a supportive Holte Suite crowd in Birmingham. Two thoroughly eye-catching performances.
But if the glittering success of 2018 was the springboard from which he intended to soar, then 2019 became the uninvited crack in it and a steadying reminder of how elusive victory can sometimes be.
A technical draw in February was followed by the painful experience of his first (points) loss in June then another (on points again) in October.
The October defeat raised some eyebrows and Bricknell has admitted that Stuart Greener’s performance on the night came as a surprise.
“Greener brought much more to the table than I expected,” he said, “So I can take nothing away from him for that. I have to hold my hands up.”
A fair comment because although Bricknell managed to maintain his slick, front-foot fighting style throughout most of the four-round contest, Greener came back strong and mounted some solid, heavy-handed counters. He also grew in confidence as the rounds progressed.
It was a gritty affair which, when it was over, saw the referee’s scorecard read 39-38 and the debutant notch up a first win.
“I thought I’d done enough to get at least a draw,” Bricknell said, “but it was close, which it shouldn’t have been if I was at the top of my game.
“It was not the best of performances from me. I felt a little drained and wasn’t as fluid as I would have liked, because my legs were heavy.”
Before turning professional, Bricknell boxed for Wolverhampton Boxing Club and Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter Gym as an amateur. Heading into his sixth professional fight, he spoke about the forthcoming West Midlands derby.
“Daryl is a fighting man, who brings the heat, and I’m not underestimating him because I know he’s a lot better than his record suggests.
“He’s got an aggressive style and I like to mix it up, but I’ve come across as a brawler in my last couple fights. I’ve got far more skill than that.
“We’ve worked on a few things in camp because I can’t expect to keep doing the same things and get a different result. I should be boxing aggressively, not loading up.
“If I box at my best for all four rounds, I believe I’ll come out on top, and that’s what I’ve got to aim for. There isn’t much room for error.”
Daryl Pearce’s last win also came in 2018. It was a victory in his debut fight against Mohamed Mahmoud at The Venue in Dudley. Seven straight defeats followed, the most recent – a third-round stoppage by TKO at the Copper Box Arena in London.
But the seven bouts he contested in 2019 alone speak volumes about how tough he is and how active he’s been.
Both boxers have the experience of both victory and defeat. And Pearce’s sobering boxing journey won’t be lost on Bricknell as they head into their match-up.
However, ‘Karma’ remains focused on his personal development.
“It’s a struggle for me to get down to lightweight,” he said, “I boxed most of my amateur career at super lightweight, which seems to be better for me.
“I could still do lightweight, at a day before weigh-in, if I can refuel and be ready to go the night after. That would solve the problem.
“I’m coming in heavier for this one, which we’ve set for 10 st 3 lbs on the day, and it’s my most important fight as a pro.
“It’s all or nothing because I can’t afford the setback of another defeat. I probably need another two wins to get back to where I was.”
Tickets for the bill in the Stadium Suite are on sale now, priced at £35 standard or £65 VIP with buffet, and can be purchased by calling the BCB Box Office on 07493 582 261.