PROFESSIONAL boxer Danny Carter must keep a cool head if he wants to win a second title fight in his home city on Saturday.
The 31-year-old is fighting Andy Keates for the light welter-weight British Masters Silver title at GL1 in Gloucester on Saturday evening, with doors opening at 7pm.
And Gloucester’s Carter knows that Stoke based opponent Keates is likely to bring ‘a war’ to the ring and he must react to it in the right way.
Keates, 22, has lost just one fight from eight professional bouts fought and though Carter is unbeaten from five, the Fight Factory Gym boxer and his coach Jon Pitman refuse to be too confident ahead of the 10-round fight.
Carter said: “From what I’ve seen of him – he’s going to be coming for a war all guns blazing.
“It’s a ten round fight so in the first couple of rounds I don’t want to go out rushing.
“It’s a long fight. In my last fight of eight rounds I managed that easily but from what I’ve heard of him, he’s coming for a war.
“So I want to pace it out, see what he’s about, then start coming into my own in the final few rounds. I don’t want to go mad when we’ve got a game plan to stick to.
“It’s brilliant that Keith Mayo (promoter) got this fight in Gloucester. The home support is amazing.
“I don’t know what they are saying but they are roaring you on and it keeps you going and keeps you busy in the ring.
“It’s awkward – this lad is coming for a war and I could get carried away by the crowd and get in to one. I’ve got to control myself and keep a cool head.”
Carter, who fights with a skilful southpaw stance, won the International Masters Bronze lightwelter title last November in GL1 by a points decision, outclassing Kevin Hanks in eight rounds.
Now he has the chance to claim a second title on home soil, knowing that a huge contingent of his fans will be there to roar him on.
At the last show, Carter packed Gl1 with more than 900 tickets sold and he is calling for the same support once again.
He said: “These shows are brilliant, and everyone who comes along always comes back.
“It’s just about getting people there. I’ve sold plenty of tickets but there are still some left. We do get good support but it can always be better.
“When I turned pro I didn’t think about winning titles – I just wanted to fight.
“I have squeezed so much training into the last four weeks. I got a full week of sparring last week, felt good on the pads this week, and everything is coming together at the right time.”
Middleweight Gloucester boxer Wayne Ingram will fight his second professional bout in his home city after defeating James Conroy in his professional debut last November at GL1.
Bishop’s Cleeve resident Todd Roberts also makes a return to boxing after more than one year out of the ring. The 24-year-old welterweight has won three professional fights and lost just one.
Gloucester boxer Mike Biggs has withdrawn from the show.