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Kevin Satchell: I Have Never Been More Determined

By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star

KEVIN SATCHELL is determined to signal his arrival on the world stage in front of his home fans on Saturday.

The 26-year-old flyweight challenges European champion Valery Yanchev at the Echo Arena in Liverpool in the biggest fight of his career.

The British and Commonwealth champ is unbeaten in 12 professional fights and aims to make the most of his latest opportunity against the rugged Belarusian.

He said: "This is my big chance to break out.

"Winning the European - my third title - in just 13 fights should get the boxing public to sit up and take notice of me."

Satchell wants to become the first Merseysider to claim a European belt since Paul Hodkinson lifted the featherweight title 24 years ago.

He said: "To be mentioned in the same sentence as Paul Hodkinson is a great feeling and to be on the verge of making history for Liverpool is also a great feeling."

Yanchy, 37, has lost just three of his 28 paid bouts and has plenty of experience, having lifted the European title at his fifth attempt.

Satchell said: "I've seen plenty of videos of Yanchy and my manager Neil Marsh and my trainer Paul Stevenson went over to Italy to see him win the title against Andrea Sarritzu last April.

"So they've had a real good look at him and have been devising the game plan against an awkward back foot boxer type. We know what to expect.

"He'll no doubt be trying to keep me on the end of his southpaw jab for as long as possible but he's also pretty good with the uppercut in close. He is a tough customer.

"I never like to give my tactics away but we've identified a few possible weaknesses which we'll be looking to expose on the night and, hopefully, I will come out on top.

"I will be fighting in front of my own Liverpool fans and, believe me, I will not miss the opportunity to impress and move on up.

"I have never been more determined."

Satchell's fight is the main support bout to the super-flyweight contest between Paul Butler and Ismael Garnica.

Butler's intended opponent, IBF super-flyweight champ Zolani Tete, pulled out when the South African broke his hand in training.

* THE Echo Arena bill will be screened on BoxNation (Sky 437/HD 490, Virgin 546 and Talk Talk 525). Join at www.boxnation.com

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