Hooper: “Cardle has become an average champion”

Kevin Hooper says he will end Scotty Cardle’s ‘average’ reign as British Lightweight champion when they clash at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Friday October 7, live on Sky Sports. 

Cardle defends the belt for the third time next week, having clashed twice with Birkenhead’s Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd in Liverpool. The first outing ended in a dramatic 12th round stoppage win for the champ in November and he then held onto the strap with a majority draw in April.

 

Grimsby challenger Hooper believes the Lytham St. Annes based Scot is lucky to still hold the crown and the former English champion plans to end his reign in style in Glasgow.

 

“I’m in the shape of my life for this fight and I know I’m going to beat him,” said Hooper. “We’ve had plenty of soars in the past and I’ve handled him comfortably. He looked average against Sean Dodd and I know his weaknesses and how to exploit them.

 

“I’ve had to get this shot the hard way and I’ve earnt it where as he has been gifted opportunities I can’t wait to become British champion on October 7.”

 

Hooper’s clash with Cardle is part of a huge night of action in Glasgow where three-weight World ruler Ricky Burns defends his WBA World Super-Lightweight title against dangerous mandatory challenger Kiryl Relikh.

 

Brixton Heavyweight rivals Dillian Whyte and Ian Lewison clash for the vacant British title, and there’s action for Joe Ham, Lewis Paulin, Stewart Burt, Scott McCormack and Ross Murray.

 

Tickets are on general sale now with tickets in the £40-£100 bracket available from the SSE Hydro website http://www.thessehydro.com/ and on 0844 395 4000 and 0800 952 0110 (accessible). VIP tickets at £200 are exclusively available at http://www.matchroomboxing.com

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