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Adrian Roach determined to dazzle in long-awaited homecoming

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Raring to go: Adrian Roach has promised to put on a show
Raring to go: Adrian Roach has promised to put on a show

Adrian Roach says fighting in front of the home crowd again has given him added incentive to put his best foot forward in his next foray in the ring against Jack Cabotaje.

The orthodox fighter is poised to go toe-to-toe against his Canadian rival in a three-round welterweight bout on the under card of the Epic Entertainment Fight Night Champion promotion and is confident he can rise to the occasion.

“I’m 100 per cent sure that I’m going to win,” said Roach, whose amateur record stands at eight wins from 12 bouts. “There’s no doubt in my mind that I won’t lose this fight.

“I never go into a fight believing I’ll lose, you can’t go into a fight with that mindset.

“If you go into the fight having to convince yourself that you’re going to win then really you should not be stepping into the ring.”

The 19-year-old is fighting on home soil for the first time in two years.

“You go into every fight confident,” he added. “But this one I am really confident going in just because I’m fighting at home and I know I’m going to perform really well.

“I put in the preparation. I prepared to perform well so that’s exactly what I will do.

“Fighting at home feels good because you’re around your friends and family. You’re motivated a lot more to win and put your best foot forward.”

Roach has run the rule over his opponent, who lost against compatriot Mikey Parsons on points at the Fairmont Southampton in 2018.

“I’ve seen my opponent fight before,” he said. “He’s a good fighter and I’m actually glad he is a good fighter because the better the fighter, the better I fight. I believe that it will be a really good bout.”

The Crandall University student warmed up for tomorrow night’s big event to be held at The Shed, in Dockyard, sparring with formidable fighters in Canada.

“I have prepared really well for this fight,” he added. “I went away to get a few different looks.

“I was up there training with some of the best that Canada has to offer as amateurs. Some guys that are on the Olympic team for Canada and some that are regional champions and things like that.

“I went up there for a few weeks to get some sparring in, some bag work and just some regular training. My cardio is up there and I feel really prepare for this fight fitness-wise.”

Roach beat Winner Bondo on points in a three-round welterweight bout at St John, New Brunswick, in his previous fight last November.

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Published January 28, 2022 at 7:56 am (Updated January 29, 2022 at 8:09 am)

Adrian Roach determined to dazzle in long-awaited homecoming

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