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Watford boxer Elliott Matthews challenges for the International Masters middleweight title later this month but is chasing domestic honours
11:30am Thursday 15th May 2014 in Sport
Watford middleweight Elliott Matthews faces a big month in his quest to capture a British title.
Promoter Mickey Helliet has confirmed the southpaw will challenge for the vacant International Masters middleweight title on his show at the Camden Centre on Friday, May 30.
Matthews has already captured and defended the Southern Area belt and winning another title will keep the 33-year-old in the mix for a crack at bigger honours.
Billy-Joe Saunders is expected to vacate the British and Commonwealth titles to move on to European level, leaving John Ryder, Nick Blackwell, Chris Eubank Junior, Adam Etches and Matthews as the top contenders for domestic titles.
"I think I am the trickiest and hardest punching fighter of the lot of them," said Matthews. "I'm sure I can beat them all up.
"I'm athletic, fit, can punch and can change my style to whoever's in front of me. They will definitely be wary of me.
"In a 12-round slog you have to give it everything you've got and I think I've got more to give than they have.
"I will take any title chance that comes along but ideally, I would like another couple of fights before I go for the big title.
"I'm in a good position and I'm excited about the future. The crowd that follows me is growing fast and they make a terrific atmosphere.
"I'm still unbeaten and things are going in the right direction."
Matthews displayed his talents to a wider audience in February. Eurosport beamed his Southern Area title winning effort against Diego Burton to 109 countries.
Burton was a tough competitor but Matthews was too skilled and was clearly ahead on points when a cut on his hairline, which required five stitches, meant the fight was halted in the eighth round.
"Everything I was doing was working and I was in complete control," said Matthews.
"The exposure from that fight has done me a lot of good. A lot of people have been commenting on me who haven't seen me before. I want to get back on TV. I feel like I'm getting there."
Tickets for the show at the Camden Centre are available from 07886-683614.
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