Boxing: Tariq has the skills to master opponent in British title fight

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Michael Stoppard v Jordan Gill ENGEMN00120140202155847
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Tariq Quaddus says he’s going to stick to the boxing basics in this weekend’s big title fight.

Quaddus meets Sam Couzens for the vacant British Masters Bronze super-middleweight title in Leicestershire on Sunday afternoon - and says he will keep it simple to bring the belt back to Peterborough.

He said: “I think you can overcomplicate boxing sometimes. The principle is simple enough.

“The idea is to hit and not get hit - but it’s easier said than done sometimes !

“I know Couzens is a come forward fighter and the plan is to make him miss and make him pay.

“I’ve got to keep my hands up, roll with his punches and land counter punches.

“If I do that, I will win the rounds - and win the fight.”

Quaddus looks to have the edge in skills going into the fight in Whitwick, but the boxers’ records show Couzens is much more experienced.

He has twice challenged for Southern Area honours in his 26-fight career, while Quaddus boxes over the eight-round distance for the first time in his eighth fight.

Quaddus says he won’t make the same mistake his sparring partner made in last weekend’s big fight.

He helped Chris Eubank Junior prepare for his grudge fight with Billy-Joe Saunders - and the Brighton showman dropped a split points decision after conceding too many of the early sessions in his first fight over the 12-round distance.

Quaddus says he’s going to pace himself better at Hermitage Leisure Centre on Sunday afternoon.

He said: “I’m not going in there thinking I’m going to give away the early rounds and catch up with him later on.

“I’m going to stick to my boxing, try to win every round that I can and if the chance for the knock-out comes along, I will take it.”

Chatteris featherweight Jordan Gill targets a 12th straight win on the same show.

He’s matched with John Green over four rounds - and it looks like the toughest fight of the 20 year-old’s promising ring career.

Green, from Middlesbrough, lost a challenge for the Northern Area title in his last fight, his first loss in four outings (one draws).

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