Mike Stafford weigh-in for Friday’s big fight night at Southport Floral Hall

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Mike Stafford weigh-in for Friday’s big fight night at Southport Floral Hall

The Floral Hall Southport will be cram packed with fans when local fighter Mike Stafford returns to the ring on Friday night February 28th.

Mike will have one thing on his mind, the British light-heavyweight title when he steps into the ring against Elvis Dube.

Mike weighed in bob on 13 stone at the VIP Promotions Boxing Gym, Astley near Wigan at 1:00pm today (Thursday)   Mike will be fighting at light-heavyweight after losing (through injury) to British cruiserweight champion Jon Lewis Dickinson in April 2013.

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The show will be streamed live and free on VIPBOXING.TV

Also on the bill is 31-year-old Sandgrounder Scott Moonan.

Moonan became a prize fighter in 2012 after a successful career in white collar boxing.

Mike is under the wings of trainer Karl Ince (from Preston) and train out of Bolton.

As you can see in the photographs above Mike is in great shape as usual, and has been training two times a day, six days a week.

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In April 2013, Mike started brightly against Dickinson before an arm injury saw him succumb to a points defeat. Now, after campaigning for most of his career at 14st 4lbs, the 32-year-old is looking to rule the roost in the division below.

“I’m looking forward to getting back to performing and winning. I’m down at light-heavyweight from now on. I was a small cruiser anyway, so instead of giving advantages away all the time, the shoe will be on the other foot because I’m big for a light-heavy.

“I’ll get Friday out of the way, and then start chasing names,” said Mike, who has won 11 of 13 outings. “I want to get back in the mix sooner rather than later. The plan is to stay busy, get the ring rust off and then, if things go well, go for that British title.”

Stafford will join the likes of Bob Ajisafe, Danny McIntosh and Travis Dickinson who are all chasing the domestic light-heavyweight crown. The former England international believes, though, that he is a cut above the rest and takes heart from his last shot at British title glory.

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“My personal view is that I can take them all out, every single one of them. I’m technically better than all of them, and I’m stronger. I think back to the Jon-Lewis Dickinson fight and if my arm hadn’t gone in the fourth round I’d be British cruiserweight champion now; I know I would.”

With former English and Commonwealth super-middleweight title challenger Carl Dilks topping the bill, and Liverpool’s Mike Robinson and exciting local puncher Scott Moonan on the undercard, Mike is promising Southport fight fans an entertaining evening.

“The atmosphere will be electric. I boxed at the Floral Hall in 2009, but I’m a lot more well-known now after boxing on TV and for the British title and we’ve trebled ticket sales. Carl is from just up the road in Bootle, and with Scott on the bill too it will be a great night of boxing.”

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ABOVE: Boxing promoter Steve Wood

Promoter Steve Wood said: “Mike is technically a very skilful boxer and I think he will carry more power down in the light-heavyweight division. He pushed Jon-Lewis Dickinson all the way with just one arm and I have no doubt that he will be another future British champion in the VIP stable.”

Fighters from across the North West will be in action including Merseyside’s Carl Dilks; Scott Moonan; Liverpool’s Mike Robinson; Oswaldtwistle heavyweight Adam Machaj; and St Helens’ Gary Omrod. Ryan Moorhead and Colin Farricker will both make debuts.

For tickets, call: 0754 9611 084

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