Craig Poxton targets upset against Lyon Woodstock in WBO European super-featherweight title clash
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When you get your chance you take it - that’s Craig Poxton’s motto and he intends to stick to it when he climbs into the ring to face Lyon Woodstock for the WBO European super-featherweight title in Leeds on Saturday.
The 28-year-old pulled off one of the upsets of the year when beating the highly-rated Boy Jones Jnr at York Hall to claim the Southern Area title earlier this year.
Poxton will be the underdog again against the unbeaten Woodstock, seen as one Britain’s rising stars at super-featherweight, but Poxton isn’t daunted by the prospect of facing the outspoken 24-year-old.
“The pressure is all on him but I know I’ve got a job to do,” said Poxton, who has also disposed of Ibrar Riyaz since the win over Jones. “It’s my career that I’m thinking about. I’m going to win, no matter what.
“If he needs to trash talk to get himself going then good luck to him. I’ll just leave him to it, I’ll do my talking in the ring.
“I’m respectful and I really don’t care what he’s been saying for himself. I don’t even read it. If you are focusing on what he’s saying then you’re not focusing on the fight, are you?”
The European title isn’t the only prize for the victor – whoever has the belt around his waist will also earn themselves a top 15 world ranking.
The modest Poxton doesn’t consider himself to be at world level but that won’t stop him grabbing every opportunity offered to him with both hands.
“I’m under no illusions - I’m not at world level,” he said. “Even if you’ve got a world ranking it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re at a world level.
“Don’t get me wrong if I got a shot then I would grab it but it’s important to keep your feet on the floor. I just want to do as well as I can with my career.”
Poxton has sparred against Woodstock in the past but doesn’t want to study his opponent too much for fear of neglecting what he’s good at.
“I’ve done a bit of work with him but to be honest I don’t pay much attention to my opponent - I’ll leave that to (trainers) Matt Smith and Graham Everett. I just focus on myself because if I’m focusing on what they do then I’m not paying enough attention to what I can do.”