Local boxer Luke Blackledge hopes his beloved Blackburn Rovers will inspire him to victory in his title defence this weekend.
The 24-year-old, who was introduced to the Ewood crowd at our last home game against Reading, was a special guest at the Senior Training Centre during the international break, where he put on a sparring session with his trainer in front of the Rovers players.
David Dunn and Craig Conway then took part themselves!
Luke will defend his WBC International Silver super-middleweight title in a fight at King George’s Hall on Saturday (November 22nd) and he hopes ‘home advantage’ will pay dividends.
"I can get all my support – all my family and friends – to come down and watch me,” said Luke, who became the first boxer in 50 years to be crowned with a professional title in a Blackburn ring when he defeated Philip Kotey in front of a capacity crowd last September.
"In the past I've fought all over the country and even as far as Denmark, so to be fighting in Blackburn is amazing.
"The training has been unbelievable. The sparring has been really tough. I've been doing eight to ten round sparring with three different sparring partners at once. It has gone really well.
"I'm defending my WBC title, so I've just got to keep focused and keep doing what I'm doing in the gym and hopefully I'll have a good performance on the 22nd.
"I've got a good team around me. In my last three fights everything has gone to plan, so hopefully this next fight will be the same.
"David Dunn has been to watch me box before, so it would be great to get a few players down.
"Because I'm a Blackburn lad I'm going to come out in the Rovers shirt. My dream is to one day box at Ewood Park.
"I boxed on the Froch-Groves undercard in front of 20,000 people, so if I could box at Ewood and pack the venue out it would be unbelievable.”