Norwich boxer Nathan Dale has earned his shot at British Masters title fight
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Norwich's Nathan Dale will get his first title shot when boxing returns to the city with a championship double-header next month.
The 22-year-old takes on Leon Findlay for the British Masters welterweight title, while Cromer's Ryan Walsh has been given an International Masters title on the bill, labelled 'Frighten Force', at Norwich's Epic Centre in Magdalen Street.
Dale will be defending a 100pc record after nine outings as a pro under the guidance of trainer Graham Everett.
'I am really up for this fight,' he said. 'I know Findlay and he is a very tough kid who will come to fight he knows what it's like to prepare for a championship fight as he just boxed for the Welsh Championship but came unstuck on the night to a very good lad in Lewis Rees.
'He will want to bounce back from that – they all come with a plan, but I will be champion on June 15.
'Preparation has gone really well and I could not ask for better. When you look around the gym it's full of champions and great prospects and that just breed success.
'The team I have now is great for me with Graham Everett and now with the addition of Jon Thaxton to the coaching staff and Mervyn (Turner) promoting me.
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'It's a dream for me and I'm sure will lead to more big nights in my career. I am absolutely buzzing at the moment, the whole gym is - it's going to be a great atmosphere at Epic.
Turner, from Shamrock Promotions, said the decision to give Dale a title fight was an easy one to make.
'Nathan has come on really well and when Graham and I sat down, we both felt it was time that he took the step up in his career,' he said.
'At 9-0 he has learned fast and benefited from the set-up within the stable and I am sure he will not only be victorious, but will go on to achieve greater things over the next couple of years.'
Walsh has already won the English super-bantamweight title and will be hoping to add another title win to his CV against an as-yet unnamed opponent. The 27-year-old stopped the ungainly Oszkar Fiko in three rounds on the last Epic show, in March, but is keen to get more rounds under his belt to enhance his claims to bigger title shots.
'I want titles,' he said. 'I have now moved up to featherweight and that is where I believe I can win major titles. I am extremely strong at that weight and whilst I don't go around calling other boxers out I know what I want and I don't fear anyone in the division, so if they have the title then I'll fight them. That is not being disrespectful or arrogant I, am just very confident in my own ability.'
The June 15 bill also includes heavyweight Sam Sexton, Scott Moises, Lowestoft's Craig Poxton and debutant Billy Bird.
Frighten Force tickets can be obtained from the boxers, the Epic TV Centre Ticket hotline 07783 594517 or online at www.shamrockboxing.co.uk.