Kent fighter Jack Budge gets his first shot at title glory on September 7 when he takes on Londoner Ramez Mahmood for the vacant Southern Area Featherweight crown.
The pair will contest the title at the famous York Hall in London’s Bethnal Green, and Budge, 24, is predicting a great fight for the fans.
Jack – now trained near Wrexham by former pro, Kerry Evans – was a star amateur who won the Junior ABAs and represented England but, despite being undefeated in four outings as a pro, will enter the upcoming contest as the less experienced fighter, with Mahmood racking up nine straight victories since turning over in 2016.
“I’ll be very happy to make my first appearance at the York Hall,” said Budge, who originally hails from High Halstow. “It’s always been a goal of mine to box there. It’s a great atmosphere and some of the best in the world have appeared there.
“To win the Southern Area belt in only my fifth professional fight would mean the world to me and would open doors to much bigger fights, and titles.
“I know a bit about Ramez. He’s a really nice lad, and we used to speak as amateurs. I’m expecting a good fight that the crowd will hopefully love, and we’re both putting it on the line.
“I’m very confident. I’m not looking past him as he’s a very good fighter but I’m confident I’ll get the win and bring the belt home to Medway.
“I just want to thank my sponsors – Jody at Metric Scaffolding, Steve at Place 2 Place, Jamie and Eddie at FRS Roofing, Pete at ABC products, Paul at Army Fit Wrexham. I wouldn’t be able to do this, and be in this position, if it wasn’t for all their help.”