FOR Les Sherrington and his team, winning on Saturday night is all that matters.
A confident Team Sherrington, led by the veteran’s manager Adam Wilcock, believe that an upset victory in their WBA affiliated regional title fight in Melbourne will set their fighter up for one last run at a potential world title.
In an interview with Aus-Boxing, Wilcock explains why he believes his fighter will move one step closer to securing another marquee opportunity, providing he can dethrone popular Victorian Jayde Mitchell.
“The fight with Jayde was attractive because it gets Les a step back towards where we want him to be,” said Wilcock to Aus-Boxing. “If and when he wins on Saturday then Les’ history and career mean that he’s well placed for another and probably one last charge at a world title.”
“The title means little, in fact we agreed to the fight understanding that there was no title, but it’s the win that is important.”
Sherrington, 34, has been inactive for just shy of twelve months, losing his last outing to Commonwealth super middleweight champion Zac Dunn last April. Despite the time away, Wilcock insists that little stock should be taken in that result given the limited time his charge had to prepare.
“Absolutely nothing,” he admitted. “Les was between trainers, under prepared and hadn’t trained to the best of his ability prior to the Dunn fight.”
“Given where Zac is now placed, that probably didn’t alter the result, and it’s certainly taking nothing away from Dunn who is advancing on a world title tilt. But Les didn’t give a true reflection of himself that night.”
Although Sherrington is arguably better suited to middleweight, Wilcock is happy to take any opportunities that present themselves at super middleweight, given the depth of talent and fresh faces that are on offer.
“A win over Jayde means that Les is back in the mix,” he concluded.
“Les prefers middleweight but will happily fight at super middleweight to help clean out the current raft of Australian super middleweights, who seem resistant to fighting each other.”
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