BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Jake Ball has promised to knock out Craig Richards when they clash for the vacant WBA continental light-heavyweight title Greenwich’s 02 Arena tomorrow.
The bitter rivals were scheduled to meet on the John Ryder-Andrey Sirotkin undercard at the Copper Box Arena in October, but a hand injury forced Ball to withdraw at the last minute.
Crystal Palace’s Richards questioned Ball’s appetite to face him at a heated press conference
last month. Ball fought once during an injury-plagued 2018, but ‘The Blade’ is looking to make a statement in his first fight under new trainer Dominic Ingle.
“I’ve improved all areas of my game since I moved to the Ingle Gym – speed, fitness and strength. It’s time to show everyone what I’ve been working on with Dom, Craig better be ready.”
“He still fought and got paid in October. I was the one that missed out on a pay check through injury. I don’t know why he’s frustrated – I should be the one that’s frustrated.
“He was very mouthy at the press conference, but I saw right through it. I could see fear in his eyes when we faced off. He doesn’t want this, he knows that I’m a level above him.
“I’m a bigger puncher, better boxer and beat him in every department.
“He’s not going to know what hit him come Saturday. Actions speak a lot louder than any words I can say.”
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