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Bushey boxer Liam Shinkwin feeling better than ever ahead of Prizefighter
Liam Shinkwin feels as good as he ever has ahead of what is arguably the biggest night of his boxing career but the Bushey man insists the occasion will not get to him.
Shinkwin is one of the eight-man line-up for this Saturday's Light Welterweight Prizefighter event on Sky Sports and the former Bushey Meads pupil has a chance to secure the biggest pay day of his career with £32,000 on the line.
Prizefighter is a knockout competition of three rounds of three minutes and provides fighters with a platform to impress on the national stage.
Shinkwin won the Southern Area lightweight title against another of Saturday's competitors, Ryan Taylor, in March yet he acknowledges this is a bigger occasion due to the wider interest and increased exposure.
However, Shinkwin said: "I am not getting overly excited and I try to treat all my fights as the biggest fight of my life. I am trying not to let the occasion get to me."
Shinkwin is confident he can find a way to win the competition, which includes a £2,000 bonus for every knock-out.
The format and additional KO bonus encourages an all-action approach but Shinkwin insists he will aim to use his boxing skills.
He said: "I am feeling better than I have ever felt and I am just going to take each fight as it comes and hopefully I will return home with the £32,000 and the trophy."
Shinkwin damaged his hand in the title win over Taylor in March but he has had no ill effects since starting punching again five weeks ago.
"The training has been going well," Shinkwin said. "I had my last sparring session on Thursday and now we are taking it a bit easier this week and just ticking over."
There has been a slight change to the original line-up with Chris Jenkins replacing Chris Evangelou. The other five fighters joining Jenkins, Shinkwin and Taylor are Danny Connor, Tony Owen, Matty Tew, Eren Arif and Charlie Rice.
Shinkwin is sponsored by Lantern Recovery, Masterson Holdings and Windsors Fitness in Watford.
The event will be on Sky Sports 1 at 8pm on Saturday.
You can read our previous interview with Shinkwin here.
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