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Opportunity knocks for Denton Vassell

IN THE HUNT: Denton Vassell

DENTON VASSELL is hunting a rematch with Frankie Gavin as he prepares to face Sam Eggington in a British welterweight title eliminator at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester on September 13.

Vassell challenged Gavin for the British welterweight title in June 2013 and was forced to retire before the start of the eighth round with a broken jaw. The Manchester man turns 30 on the day of the Eggington clash and having spent over a year on the side-lines, he aims to prove he’s still got plenty to offer in the 147lbs division.

“It's my opportunity to show the fans that I am still here,” said Vassell. “I'm hungrier than ever and I'm very confident. I had a little injury but even when the doctor told me to stop I wanted to carry and that's the fighter in me coming through. Obviously the doctor has to do his job but I am confident that I would've gone on to win the fight, I was a bit behind on points probably but I would have caught up to him.

“I've had to take the time to let the jaw heal, you are going to get caught in sparring so it had to be 110 per cent right so that I could get back training at full pelt. As soon as left the hospital though I was back doing ten mile runs and it's made me hungrier, being a champion is about bouncing back from defeats.

“I hope Frankie can bounce back from his loss to Leonard Bundu; I would love the rematch. I am confident that I would beat him, but first things first, I have to concentrate on Sam.

“Sam comes to fight and he's a tough lad, that's something that I need. It's a big fight in my back garden and it's an exciting fight for the fans too. I live in the gym and I am really confident, I've been working on new things so let's see what happens on September 13.”

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