News May 2019

Kevin Satchell ready for Quaye and weighs up international step


By @John_Evans79

Kevin Satchell’s impressive rise to prominence has been one of British boxing’s biggest success stories over the past two years.

Since beating former British bantamweight champion Martin Power in January 2012, Satchell, 11-0 (2 KO’s), has stepped up his level of opposition with every appearance and risen to the challenge every time, picking up the British and Commonwealth flyweight titles along the way.

Following a drawn out lay off, ‘Satch’ defends his Commonwealth belt against Ghanaian, Isaac Quaye, 25-4-1 (16 KO’s) this Saturday night and is eager to get back into action.

“By the time I get back in the ring it’ll have been eight months out,” Satchell, 25, told Livefight. “I’m dying to get back in the ring. You can take positives and negatives from it [the lay off] but personally I would have preferred to have stayed in camp. I was doing so well and everything was going perfectly so I’d rather have done that.

“I haven’t fought anybody like Quaye before but I’m expecting him to be tough and come forward. He’ll be able to bang a bit and take a good punch.”

British boxing isn’t inundated with top level flyweights but, since beating Chris Edwards for the British title in, Satchell has successfully defended the belt against the two highest quality contenders available in Luke Wilton and Iain Butcher. In an ideal world, the Liverpudlian would have entered 2014 with a Lonsdale belt permanently displayed on his mantelpiece and a European title fight scheduled for the not too distant future.

“The way we had planned to do things was to fight again before last Christmas for the British and have done with that kind of level, move on to the European level and begin climbing the ladder.

“My last two British title fights turned out to be voluntary shots. I wasn’t aware of that. Because they were the two top kids, I thought they would have been mandatory fights. I was hoping to have a voluntary and get the British done but they [the BBBoC] were saying no, they had to pick a mandatory. They’ve only just got around to doing that so I couldn’t really get on a show without a mandatory opponent to box.

“Wilton was ranked number two when I gave him his shot and Butcher was number three so I thought they would have been my mandatories.”

Given the back and forth nature of their first fight, it was no surprise to see Butcher recently instated in the mandatory challenger position. Once this weekend is out of the way, Satchell will have a decision to make.

“We’re not too sure what we’re gonna do,” Satchell says. “As I said, we were hoping to get the British [belt to keep] by last Christmas and move on to European and International level. My manager didn’t want me staying at domestic level for too long, he wanted me to start moving up. We’re gonna get this fight out of the way and then decide what the best thing to do is. We might decide to go for the British title again and win it outright or move on to the WBA international title.

“On Saturday it’ll be eight months since my last fight. If I’m gonna go to the top I’ve gotta pick my fights right and I don’t wanna be having one more fight at this level or that level because the fans want to see it. I’ve got to do what’s best for my career.”

Saturday’s card will throw a much needed – and well deserved – spotlight on Britain’s lower weight stars. Satchell’s Commonwealth title defence provides the main support to Paul Butler’s WBA international bantamweight fight with Oreste Bernabe Nieva. There has been vague talk of an all Merseyside clash between the talented pair but for the time being, each has a different route in mind.

“As a pro I think it’s the first time we’ve boxed together. There has always been talk of us fighting and there probably always will be. On the night there will be comparisons and stuff like that but at the minute I’m on my path. Although we know it’ll be a fight down the line we’ve both got things to think of.

“Hopefully we can draw a bit of attention and get the fans to come and watch us. He’s got loads of fans now. Hopefully they’ll be talking and comparing the two of us and it’ll draw more attention to me too.”

Championship Boxing will be televised live from Aintree on BoxNation and BoxNation HD this Saturday night.

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