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Willie Limond Promises Fireworks in Prince Defense

Glasgow light-welterweight Willie Limond insists he wants to keep hold of his Commonwealth title just as much as challenger Mitch Prince wants to take it from him.

The pair will square off at Bellahouston Sports Centre in Limond's home city on June 7.

Limond hopes to use the bout to progress his claim for European and British title shots but he has to hold off his hungry opponent - originally from South Africa but now living in Cumbernauld - who has lost just one of 13 professional fights to date.

While Limond is a veteran of 40 battles, he is five years older than his 29-year-old opponent and Prince insists his desire to emulate the former WBU, IBO and European Union lightweight champion's performances on the biggest stage will see him through to victory.

Prince said: "The decisive factor is I'm a lot hungrier. I want it a lot more than Willie does, just for the fact I've never been there. I've not had (a major title) yet.

"I'm going to do it on June 7 and if I don't, I'll die trying."

Limond, however, dismissed his opponent's bravado and claimed he still has the desire to succeed despite being an experienced 35-year-old campaigner.

"It's hard getting (titles), it's harder keeping them," he said. "You need to burst your backside to keep them and that is what I have done.

"I've only lost one belt in the ring. All the rest I've gave up or relinquished. So I won't be losing that come June 7.

"I know Mitch has trained hard, I expect him to have trained hard. If he didn't, he would be a fool.

"It's the same for myself. I have burst my backside getting into the best possible shape. I don't see me losing that title."

Limond's last outing saw him stop fellow Scot Eddie Doyle in just 116 seconds after stepping up a weight to win his Commonwealth strap in January.

It was in sharp contrast to his meek display 18 months ago when he suffered a crushing British lightweight title defeat to Anthony Crolla.

This time, however, Limond has promised a show.

He said: "I always like to better my last performance. I know bettering my last one will be hard but I've got myself in the best possible shape that I can.

"I'm fit, I'm strong, I feel I'm hitting hard. My speed is back. It's not just about winning, it's about putting on a show. That's very important to me. I want the fans to come back the next time."

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