Rotherham boxer Nav Mansouri says that he is better than ever as he prepares for his first fight back in the UK in over three years.
The former English champion takes on highly-rated Kieron Conway tonight at Fight Camp – an unrivalled summer of elite boxing based at the Matchroom HQ in Brentwood, Essex.
Mansouri (pictured at the weigh-in, right) said: “I think they’re overlooking me. They think Nav is done, but this fight just brought me back to life. I need this win. I’m desperate to get this win. It puts that little bit extra fire into it.
“I’m confident. I’m well-schooled and experienced in this game now. We never stop learning. I think I’ll have too much experience for Conway when it comes down to it.
“We shared some rounds a few years ago in Marbella but I can’t take anything from that. I can’t remember too much from the spar. It was a long time ago and he’s come on loads, and I’ve come on loads since then too.
“I was injured back then as well. He’s a really nice kid but this is business and it’s my chance to shine again in the UK. We kind of box in similar ways. We’ll set traps for each other and it will be an intelligent fight. That’s the way I see it going.
“It’s all about the timing and speed, and the work rate we’re going to put into it. He’s tough and slick, it will be a great fight to watch. I haven’t boxed in the UK for a few years, now is the time to make a statement.”
The highly-anticipated bout is live on Sky Sports and DAZN.
Both with MTK Global, Conway looked in extremely impressive shape as he came in at 10st 13 and three quarter lbs, while Mansouri was slightly lighter as he weighed in a ripped and ready 10st 13 and one quarter lbs.
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