It’s a great time to be turning pro if you’re a fighter from Hull. With IBF International champion Tommy Coyle and Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell both hailing from the city, young Charlie Payton doesn’t need to look far for inspiration.
The 22-year-old gets his second pro outing at Hull’s City Hall on May 2, on a show streamed live and free on VIPBOXING.TV. And the former double ABA champion is desperate to impress again after dropping wily veteran Kristian Laight on route to a February debut points victory.
“The fans can expect to see hard power shots when I fight,” said Charlie, who moulds himself on idol Ricky Hatton. “I like to come forward and put pressure on my opponent, but I can box on the back foot too.
“In this next fight I’m looking to show I’m an exciting fighter and that the fans will want to come and watch me more in the future. I’m looking to take my opponent out and show the crowd my power.”
VIP Promotions co-promote this upcoming card alongside Coyle and the City of Hull boxing club. With ‘Boom Boom’ making the journey from small-halls to headlining huge Sky Boxing bonanzas, Charlie believes a similar route isn’t beyond him and is dreaming of one day packing out stadiums himself.
“I’ve sparred with Tommy in the past,” recalled Charlie, son of former Hull City footballer Andy Payton. “I’ve seen how he’s developed and I know I’m able to get to where he’s at. Seeing Tommy do it, I know it’s not totally out of my reach. It just shows you don’t need to win Olympic medals to get to where he’s at, and he’s a real inspiration to me.
“I want to see how far I can go. The dream is a world title, but I’ll take each stage at a time. I’m not in this to be a journeyman. This year the plan is to have at least four fights, stay undefeated and just learn as much as I can.”
Promoter Steve Wood stated: “We’ve signed up Charlie because we believe he’s a very good prospect. At VIP Promotions we developed Tommy Coyle and helped get him to where he is today, and I think we can do a similar job with this lad. Charlie hits hard and the crowd will love watching him. Hull is really coming into its own as a boxing city and this show will highlight that.”
VIP Promotions present an entertaining night of boxing at the Hull City Hall on May 2 headlined by Hull’s Joel Haigh versus Ibrar Riyaz for the British Masters Silver lightweight title. The undercard features Hull’s Samir Mouneimne, Charlie Payton and Connor Seymour; Scunthorpe’s Cameron Stevenson, and Driffield’s Danny Little.
Tickets, priced £30, £40 and £50 are available from all boxers or at http://www.vipbe.co.uk or can be purchased on the door.
This show will be streamed live/FREE on VIPBOXING.TV
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