Wheeler eyeing a title shot in Peterborough

Karl Wheeler (left) in action against Paul Morris.
Karl Wheeler (left) in action against Paul Morris.
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Karl Wheeler has been told victory this weekend could lead to a title shot in Peterborough.

The 33 year-old from Hampton has been matched with Yavor Marinchev in a six-round cruiserweight fight at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Saturday.

And if he wins, Wheeler could then challenge for honours in front of his home crowd.

He said: “My promoter Steve Goodwin is talking about putting on a show in Peterborough in March and that would be amazing.

“I sold 250 tickets the last time I boxed at home - and I’ve made plenty of new friends since then.

“Steve says he’s going to start looking for a venue after my next fight and with the fighters we’ve got in the area, it could be the biggest show in Peterborough for years.

“I would love to fight for the Southern Area title (currently held by Lawrence Bennett), but we will just have to see what titles are around.”

Wheeler has yet to lose a round in three fights since he returned to the ring last year.

In September, he outpointed Tomislav Rudan to record his 10th win in 16 professional fights (one draw) and said: “I want to step up to championship level and fight over 10 rounds. I think the longer the fight, the better I will be.

“It takes me a couple of rounds to get into a fight. I get better as the fight goes on.”

Before he can challenge for honours, Wheeler has to get past Marinchev, a 32 year-old Bulgarian who’s boxed up at heavyweight during his 34-fight professional career.

He’s fought ex-British heavyweight champion David Price and in October, Marinchev took a round off Wadi Camacho, the ex-Prizefighter champion from Canning Town.

Wheeler, sponsored by Global Self Drive, Maximum Nutrition, Bore Hole Solutions, Apex, Barkingheads, Layla’s Lengths and Logic Security, describes his next opponent as ‘a tough dude.’

He added: “He gave Wadi a good, hard fight and I’m expecting a good test. I’m looking to get this guy out of the way, then enjoy Christmas.”