Leicester boxer CJ Challenger will enter the ring for the 6th time as a professional next Friday evening at the Northbridge Leisure Centre, Halifax at Longshots Sport’s final show of the year ‘Season’s Beatings’.
The 23-year-old has been coming along nicely so far in his young career and in preparation for his next bout, CJ has had access to facilities which will help him progress even further;
“Preparations have gone really well. We’ve switched things up a bit this time and got access to a strength and conditioning gym and it’s one of the best gyms in Leicester. I’ve been going there regularly, training hard, doing boxing specific drills which is something different for me and it’s really good. The facilities are great, access to this place is going to really add to our development as athletes in the fight game.”
CJ is pencilled in to fight the always-game Mancunian, Sam Omidi next Friday in Halifax and looks forward to being inside the square-circle against an opponent looking to win;
“We all want an opponent that comes to fight. It feels a bit like an anticlimax when you’re training hard in the gym, buzzing for the fight and the opponent decides to cover up and not challenge you. I like being put under pressure, the more pressure an opponent puts on me, the more you will see me flourish. I’m excited to get in the ring, excited to go to work.”
Challenger is soon becoming quite the road warrior in the professional ranks as he is set to fight in his 5th location in 6 bouts.
“I’m well travelled already that’s for sure! I got to give a lot of credit and respect to my support, every time I fight, they turn up in force. I’m lucky really, it’s a tough sport, some fighters don’t even get a third of the support I get. Supporters are an important part of the sport and I’ve got nothing but respect for the guys who come and support me.”
“I’m just going to keep developing, I’m very early in my career still so I’m not looking to be calling anybody out yet. Just going to keep progressing and if any opportunity arises I’m going to grab it with both hands and make the most of it. I have 100% faith that the right decisions will be made for me and we have a very long and successful journey ahead and just thinking about it gets me excited!”
Tickets are still available for Longshots Sport’s year-ending show ‘Season’s Beatings’ priced at £40 standard, £60 Ringside. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the boxers through their contact numbers found on the fight poster, or through the Longshots Sports website www.longshotssports.com.