CONFIDENCE is high in the Billy Le Poullain camp that the Amalgamated Club star will become the first ever national champion from local soil this weekend.
Brilliant 21-year-old Le Poullain – with a career record of 42 wins from 58 fights – has qualified for the elite ABA finals weekend for the second successive year.
In proof of his growing stature at that level, he has been confirmed as the No. 2 seed in the welterweight division ahead of the three-day knockout in Rotherham.
‘I am definitely ready to win the title, I am a far stronger, fitter and prepared boxer than I was this time last year – I feel really good,’ he said.
‘The fact I am seeded No. 2 means that I have shown what I can do in the last year since losing in the quarters in 2016 and I have boxed internationally in Ireland, Portugal and the Haringey Cup since then.
‘There are some good fighters to come up against of those left but at the same time, there are no former champions left this year, so it is there for the taking.’
- More in Thursday’s Guernsey Press.