Bahoeli looks to upset Big Daddy Browne next weekend
Canadian Eric Martel Bahoeli (10-3) believes his Commonwealth title fight with Lucas ‘Big Daddy’ Browne (19-0) will open the door to the big time. The heavyweights clash at the Ponds Forge Arena in Sheffield next Saturday (April 26), with the winner likely to climb the world rankings.
Bahoeli, 32, accepts he will be a huge underdog come fight night, but says he needs to cause an upset in order to progress his career.
"For me, it is a great opportunity because I don't have a promoter and I have worked very hard for this title. It has been in mind every day and it can change my career,” said Bahoeli
"I think winning will put me in the shop window and help get me more fights against other top heavyweights."
Bahoeli came over to the UK earlier in the year to spar Liverpool's David Price, and it was an experience that he feels will help give him an edge over Browne.
"It was in January and I wasn't in the best shape, but David was a good guy and a good boxer. He hit very hard and I think it was the perfect start to training for me. My fitness has greatly improved since, I've worked very hard in the gym and I'm ready to go 12 rounds."
The show's chief supporting contest sees Kazakhstan's Zhanat Zhakiyanov (21-1) challenge France’s European bantamweight champion Karim Guerfi (20-2), while Sheffield's own Adam Etches (12-0) faces Mexican Felipe De La Paz Teniente (12-1) for the vacant WBC youth middleweight crown.
Also on show will be Kirkham’s welterweight prospect Adam Little
Belarusian Kirill Relikh (15-0) takes on Australian Ty Gilchrist (6-3-1), and Sheffield ‘Hot Shot’ Scott Jenkins meets Spaniard David Martin Campillo. The Ponds Forge Arena show will be televised on subscription channel BoxNation.