Unbeaten Dutch Cruiserweight Mitchell Balker is set to face Blackpool’s Matty ‘Assassin’ Askin on the undercard of Matthew Hatton’s European Welterweight defense at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton on Friday the 26th November.
Mitchell, who recently relocated from Amsterdam to London where he is now managed by Johnny Eames and trained by Derek Grainger at their famous Canning Town fight factory The Ultrachem TKO Gym, is set for a tough British debut as his opponent, Matty Askin, is ranked number eight in Great Britain by BoxRec.com and has a perfect 8-0 record with four of his wins coming by way of knockout.
“He’s a tough fighter” Mitchell said shortly after the fight was confirmed, “But he’s not fought someone like me.”
Mitchell’s manager Johnny Eames added “When you look at the fight on paper it looks a big ask for Mitchell as the guys number eight in Britain, but he’s fought eight nobodies.
Obviously Mitchell realises that he’s a foreigner in Britain and he has to take fights like these to earn a crust. Which he’s willingly accepted, he’s not shied away from the fight.
Obviously the other kid’s the favourite, 8-0, but I don’t believe he’s fought anyone like Mitchell. He’s never been put under the sort of pressure Mitchell’ll put him under, he’s never been hit by the sort of power Mitchell has.
As far as I am concerned Mitchell could be a very, very good fighter but until we see him in the ring and fight we’ll leave our judgement until then.
You can rest assured Askin, one way or another, will know he’s been in a fight.”
Mitchell Balker versus Matty ‘Assassin’ Askin will be on the undercard of Matthew Hatton’s European Welterweight Title defense against Switzerland’s Roberto Belge on Friday 26th November at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium