Brad Foster

Lichfield’s Brad ‘The Blade’ Foster says he is ready to take on the toughest challenge of his promising boxing career.

Brad Foster

The 19-year-old will shrug off an injury suffered during sparring with world champion Kal Yafai that ruled him out of his last fight to take on Brett Fidoe in Birmingham on June 24.

The six-round bout at Villa Park comes after Fidoe inflicted a first loss on Matt Windle in March.

“That wasn’t the best Matt Windle, no way,” Fosted said. “But Fidoe’s record doesn’t show just how good he is.

“I was at the Windle fight and know that he’s a slippery boxer who can punch. He will come to win and I have to be at the top of my game.

“We’ve got to get the game plan right – and stick to it. I treat every fight like it’s a world-title fight and there’s no way I will be treating this one any differently.”

Foster is hoping a victory will put him back on track for a title challenge after recording an unblemished six fight record since making the switch from kickboxing last year.

His career so far as seen only one disappointment as injury forced him out of a live TV show in April.

“That was a massive opportunity,” he said. I had a lot of support coming from Lichfield and I was gutted to miss out.

“I didn’t do a lot for a couple of weeks. Without going to the gym, it was hard to find things to do. I was taking on extra shifts at Tesco’s, watching a lot of TV and hating my life.

“But I’m back in the gym now, I’m healed and ready to go again. I know the big TV fights will happen in the future if I keep working hard and believing in myself.”

Tickets for the show at Villa Park on June 24 are available by calling 07974 762574.


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