WOMBWELL welterweight Neil Beevers says the chance to be crowned British Masters champion is a ‘little dream come true.’
The dedicated 27-year-old steps between the ropes at Barnsley Metrodome on Friday night to face Coventry southpaw Sean McKervey for the vacant strap.
He told the Times: “To win the title would be a little dream come true for me.
“I’ve trained hard for this and I’m really dedicated to boxing so it would be a big reward.
“I’d be over the moon.”
McKervey is the first fighter with a positive record Beevers has faced.
And the bout itself will be contested over 10 rounds with Beevers previously going through just 12 minutes.
But this will not faze him according to trainer Mick Wale.
He said: “The distance will not be a problem for Neil because he’s in extremely good condition.
“He’s as fit as they come and as determined as they come.
“Neil’s a pressure fighter and he’ll be piling on the pressure from the first bell to the last.
“This McKervey is a good kid and it’ll be a tough fight for Neil but I’m not sure the lad will be able to handle the pressure Neil will bring for 10 rounds.”
Victory in the bout could pave the way for a shot at the Scottish Area strap as Beever is eligible to contest that as well as the Central Area title.
And trainer Wale says reaching that level would be a brilliant achievement for his man.
“We’ve always kept expectations realistic for Neil and to be fair to him, so has he.
“He might not be the most technically gifted fighter but what he lacks he makes up for with fitness and determination.
“It’ll take him a good way and he deserves all the success.”
Also on the bill from the Wale camp are Ross Blackwell and Matthew Mallin.
Wombwell featherweight Blackwell is aiming to set the record straight against Delroy Spencer following his narrow points defeat to the Walsall journeyman in February.
The 18-year-old demanded a rematch with Spencer so he could move on with his career.
And Stairfoot middleweight Mallin takes on Gary Cooper who recently knocked down Swinton’s Tommy Coward in a points defeat.
Gavin McDonnell, who fights out of Stefy Bull and Dave Hulley’s Mexborough camp, is also on the bill.