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'The Eagle’ ready for ‘overdue’ British title shot

BELIEF: Ochieng

KENYAN-BORN BOXER Erick Ochieng promises that he will raise his game after being nominated to fight for the British light-middleweight title.

The 11 stone Lonsdale title was vacated by Brian Rose and the British Boxing Board of Control have nominated east Londoner Ochieng to take on undefeated Commonwealth champion, Liverpool’s Liam Smith, for the coveted belt.

Nicknamed ‘The Eagle’, the 26-year-old Ochieng will first be fighting against an undisclosed opponent on May 25 but should he prove to be victorious, the English champion can look forward to an enticing match up with the undefeated Smith.

The Stoke Newington native told World Boxing News: "Liam Smith is a good fighter, and I like to fight good fighters.

"The better my opponent is the greater and the better I perform to raise my game. It is great a opportunity to fight for and win the British title, which is as far as I am concerned, overdue.”

Ochieng, who has a record of 13 wins (four K.Os) and one defeat, added: "I don't only believe that I will win the British title, I know I will and I am confident as this is my time."

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