Bushey’s boxing sensation, Miles Shinkwin, is looking to land national success next month as he takes on Liam Conroy for the English light-heavyweight title.
Shinkwin will take on Conroy, who currently holds the title they are fighting for, in Preston on March 31 in what may be a final chance for the Bushey boxer to take a national crown at this level.
He has previously suffered losses in English, British and Inter-Continental title bouts in recent years and Shinkwin’s manager, Steve Goodwin, admits he can’t afford to lose another.
Goodwin has been talking up the importance of the fight, and he recently told British Boxing of his delight at agreeing the fight with Conroy’s team. He said: “After Miles lost to Jake Ball I was determined to secure him an opportunity to get his career back on track.
“It is a must win fight. Losing is not an option.”
Conroy holds the English light-heavyweight title after defeating Joel McIntyre in two rounds before defending the crown after Chris Hobbs retired from a title fight.
Both those fights were on the road for Conroy, and the 25-year-old will now be on home soil in his native North West for the fight with Shinkwin.
Shinkwin said: “It is a must win game for me, because I have been on a bad run. It’s been a case of win, lose, win, lose and I need to get myself back on track.
“My talent and desire to win warrant more success, but it needs to be a win. There can be no more losses.
“I am very confident with this fight and you have to be whenever you step into the ring.
“I have never felt pressure going into a match. After previous fights where I have lost, you know that you can’t give up. Whenever I lost, it certainly wasn’t through lack of ability. I just have no feelings towards pressure.
“At this level, if I box to the best of my ability, I cannot be disappointed with the performance level.”