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Cousins Liam and Miles Shinkwin set to box for first time ever in hometown at Watford Colosseum
Saturday night will be a special occasion for the Shinkwins as not only will it be the first time in a decade Liam and Miles have fought in their home town, but it has been several years since the cousins appeared on the same show.
Liam and Miles both started at Bushey Boxing Club and often fought at the same events before they both went on to have successful amateur careers and then turned professional.
Liam, the Southern Area lightweight champion, is headlining the Boys Are Back In Town show at Watford Colosseum tomorrow (Saturday) with light-heavyweight prospect Miles the chief support.
“I am a little bit nervous fighting in my home town again but they are good nerves,” said Liam, who last fought in Watford when he was a teenager.
“Plus fighting with Miles again is a great bonus. I can’t even remember the last time we fought on the same show together so it will be great to fight together again.”
Miles added: “I was 13 the last time I fought in Watford and Liam and I have not fought together for a long time as well so it will be great night on both fronts.”
The cousins have sold around 400 tickets for the seven-fight show at the Colosseum, where promoter Steve Goodwin is hoping to attract more than 900 fans.
Miles said: “We both have great supporters who follow us wherever we box but we also have a few new fans coming to this event so it will be good to put on a show for those fans. I’m expecting great support on the night.”
Liam was meant to be defending his title against Michael Devine in a Watford-Luton derby but the challenger broke his hand in training.
He will now be taking on Radoslav Mitev in a six-round, non-title fight and although the Bulgarian has only won three of his 17 bouts as a professional, he has caused British fighters problems in the past.
Liam said: “I know he is coming to fight. He is a bit wild and likes to let that right hand go. He has fought a few of my mates and had them down before they came back to win so I know he can whack a bit.
“It doesn’t worry me though, as I like the idea of fighters looking for the big shots as it is easier to see them coming.”
Miles also faces international opposition in Hungary’s Attila Szladek, who has won two of his eight pro bouts.
Depending on tomorrow’s outcome and the manner of the result, Miles could be in line for an Irish title fight around December time and it is hoped the cousins could defend their respective belts at another show in Watford early next year.
Miles said: “He has not fought outside of Hungary before but he knocked out his last opponent in the second round so hopefully he is coming here to fight.
“He might see this as his big break in this country so if he does come to attack that will suit me. You want fighters to come back at you and not just be a punch bag because it makes for a more entertaining fight.”
In his amateur days, Miles was England teammates with George Groves, who fights Carl Froch for his WBA and IBF world super-middleweight titles in one of the biggest domestic fights in recent years.
Miles has enjoyed several sparring sessions with Groves and also another world title challenger, Andy Lee, in recent months.
Miles said: “Every fighter always says this or that about how the training camp has gone but this time everything has genuinely gone well. I have had a lot of sparring with George this time and also a few sparring sessions with Andy Lee.
“I’m hoping working with those guys takes me to that next level. I was invited to join in some of their sessions which would go on for hours and you’re thinking ‘this is the level I want to get to so this is how I need to train’. When I went back to my trainer Jason (Rowland), he said I had come on leaps and bounds.”
The other fights tomorrow night are Tyler Goodjohn v Andrei Hramyka, AJ Carter v Moses Matovu, Tom Little v Carl Baker, Dave Leo v Jonathan Fry and Danny Murphy v William Warburton.
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