It’s been over seven months since Michael Stephenson picked up the vacant Midlands light-heavyweight boxing title, but now he is due to defend the belt for the first time on 20th December in Birmingham.
The convincing points victory against Andy Owen at The Hangar in Wolverhampton in March only increased Stephenson’s stock in the world of boxing but with a title to defend, the stakes have gone up a notch.
Stephenson had been due to face Ben Whittaker for the title, but Whittaker pulled out after failing to agree contract terms leaving the unbeaten Gyvon Henry as the next in line to challenge.
Henry’s 5-0 record grants him the opportunity to win a Midlands title, but despite describing his new opponent as “tough and durable”, Stephenson is confident in his abilities to retain the championship, leaving him open for a shot at a national belt.
“The hard work starts now”, says Stephenson speaking exclusively to Bedford Independent.
“It’s more of the same when it comes to training, training hard and making sure I’m in the best shape for December 20th.”
“The game plan is still the same. The guy’s 5 and 0 and undefeated but he’s had no knockouts. I’m going for the knockout and going all out for the win.”
Stephenson’s eight professional wins will put him in good stead for the Christmas bout, where tickets will soon be available.
You can find out details of how to purchase tickets as well as keep up to date on Stephenson’s boxing journey by following his Instagram page here.