Boxer Milch looking for 13th professional win

Boxer Milch looking for 13th professional win

Light middleweight back at York Hall as he looks to maintain 100 percent winning record.

Andrew Sherwood is the Jewish News Sport and Community Editor

Tony Milch is determined to "bounce back" from his first  defeat
Tony Milch is determined to "bounce back" from his first defeat

Tony Milch will be returning to the ring for the first time in six months next weekend as he looks to maintain his 100 percent winning record and gain useful preparation for a second title fight.

The 36-year-old is set to face a fellow Brit in a six-three minute round encounter at York Hall and says he’s raring to go after enduring a ‘frustrating’ six months out of the ring.

His last outing saw him produce a blockbusting fourth round KO which saw him claim a 12th consecutive win and the light middleweight said: “It’s my first fight since my big November knock-out win, I’ve been waiting for this fight for a long time.

“I’ve also been waiting to get on a big show – bigger than this one – but that fell through. But I need to keep active, which is why I’ve decided to take on this fight. I think it will be a tough one, it’s not going to be easy, but I’m [using this as] training for a bigger fight. My ranking has slowly been increasing and I should be fighting for another title soon.”

Appearing on a card entitled ‘High Stakes’ – the busy night of action features ten fights, including an English title. “It’s important that I get the 13th win as I’m now pretty much on the verge of big titles”, he says. “I won the entry one last year, and now we’re looking at Southern Area and British titles. I didn’t have to take this fight, as every one’s a risk, but I wanted to keep active, and thought if my next one is going to be a big one, I need this one just to keep me on my toes.”

His first fight of the year after suffering a perforated eardrum while sparring – which put [pay to him fighting in April – the importance of this upcoming fight is integral for the long-term future of his plans. “It’s important I get one under my belt, just to keep the momentum up and to keep things ticking over,” he explains. “I’ve found it frustrating having this long wait, which is why I’m eager to get back out and into the ring. But my coach has helped to keep me on track, keeping me in shape, keeping my mind focused. It can be frustrating but that’s the sport.

“I’m always training, always in the gym, I’ve been in a training camp for four months, so have been holding weight. The April fight was delayed, which is why it’s been four months, but I feel fit and strong and am looking forward to putting on a good performance.”

Hoping to draw on even more fantastic support he’s received from the local community to date, he’ll once again be wearing the Star of David on his shorts, and is hopeful when saying: “It would be great to get even more Jewish supporters coming down.”

Looking further ahead than this fight, and his aims for the year ahead, he adds: “I’m on the radar now for [fighting for] national titles. It will be either the Southern Area or British – that’s what’s on my mind though – or even the English one, which is being fought on the same night.

“But now I just want to get a good win on 27 May and make a statement that I’m ready to fight for national titles.”

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