BOXING PREVIEW: Crowcroft urged to fulfil potential

Luke Crowcroft in action against James Tucker.
Luke Crowcroft in action against James Tucker.

Luke Crowcroft has been warned that potential counts for nothing unless it is fulfilled.

The Scawthorpe super middleweight is back in action tomorrow night at the Dome and heads into the contest with a certain degree of pressure to perform.

Still only 19, the former junior amateur champion has plenty of time on his side.

But manager and promoter Stefy Bull has warned him to keep his eye on the ball and live up to his promise.

“Luke is a fantastic kid with bags of talent and plenty of potential,” Bull told the Free Press. “But potential doesn’t mean anything unless you fulfil it.

“His attention to his career has wavered a few times since he turned professional and he needs to know how much concentration he will need to make it.

“We’ve had long talks about it and he’s shown plenty of dedication for this latest fight.

“I truly believe Luke can be a British champion, in the very least. But it’s all about doing things the right way.”

Crowcroft’s preparations suffered a blow when his scheduled opponent withdrew last week.

Not wanting to let his hard work go to waste, Bull arranged an arguably tougher bout against Scunthorpe’s Jody Meikle who will be out for the 50th time.

Bull said: “This is going to be a tough one for Luke and he must be at his best to ensure he doesn’t slip up.

“Jody has been all over the country fighting the best and he’s more than capable of causing an upset. This is a tough one for Luke and hopefully he knows that.”

Bull was also keen to praise the work ethic of another of his fighters who will be out tomorrow night.

Thomas Harty Jnr is set for his second pro fight and is also in for a tough test.

The Thorne bantamweight will take on Sheffield’s charismatic Anwar Alfadli.

Bull said: “This is a difficult one for Thomas because Anwar is the typical fighter from the Ingle gym in that he’s awkward and you don’t know what you’re going to get from him.

“But this shows how much faith we’ve got in Thomas’ ability as an incredibly exciting fighter.

“He’s the model pro which is strange because he played at the game when he was an amateur.

“He could have an incredible career ahead of him and we’ve got time to work with him because he’s still just 18.”

Stainforth’s Aston Jolly – trained in Thorne by Danny Oliver – will make his professional debut under Bull’s guidance tomorrow night.

Bull said: “We’re excited about Aston because he comes with a wealth of amateur experience.

“What we’ve seen of him in sparring, he’s got the ideal style for the pro game so it’ll be interesting to see him in action.”

Light heavyweight John Anthony will be hoping lightning strikes twice against Irish champion Paddy McDonagh whose only defeat so far came against the Edlington fighter.

Tickets for the seven fight show will be available on the door which opens at 5pm.