Akeem Ennis Brown is fully enjoying the prelude to his WBO European Super-Lightweight Title clash with Darragh Foley on Friday.
The unbeaten Gloucester youngster (11-0, 1 KO) heads for London’s York Hall to take on the Irishman – live on BoxNation – and is brimming with confidence ahead of his biggest test to date.
Brown said: “A lot of people said I should expect some trash talk. Whatever he brings to the table, I’m happy with that. It brings in more exposure.
“It’s exciting because I like fighting against characters. It builds things up. After this, I think fighting other characters like Tyrone McKenna, Lewis Benson and guys like that would help me get to where I want to get to.
“I know Darragh Foley is a good fighter but the better the opponent, the more it brings out in me. He’s done lots of things abroad. I’m taking him very seriously but I’m confident in my ability.
“By next year, if everything goes to plan, my perfect year would be having the British and Commonwealth Titles. Hopefully I’ll be on my way to fighting for a World Title. I want to move fast.
“I’m looking forward to Friday night first. Last time we went to York Hall we brought 120 people with us. My bunch will make it a good atmosphere. There’ll be energy and drums banging.”
Brown takes on Foley on a busy bill of boxing at the home of British boxing, with Larry Ekundayo defending his IBF European Welterweight crown, a battle of two unbeaten fighters in Liam Wells v Rod Douglas and many more.