Norwich favourite Zaiphan has perfect incentive

Zaiphan Morris has a title incentive - but he needs to win his next fight first. Photo: Steve Adams

Zaiphan Morris has a title incentive - but he needs to win his next fight first. Photo: Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

Norwich boxer Zaiphan Morris says he will thrive on the pressure of being offered 'a juicy' carrot ahead of his next fight.

The 31-year-old has been told by promoter Mervyn Turner that victory in front of his home fans on November 25 will mean a title shot coming his way – a dream come true for the late-starter.

'It's a bit like dangling a carrot, but hopefully, if I perform well and get it right I will go on to fight for a title which, as everyone knows, is my dream,' said Morris. 'It is every professional's dream to fight for a title and that will hopefully will be the first of many – but I know I have a job to do first.

'It brings an added pressure and an added incentive, but I welcome it. It makes it a lot of different but it is a good pressure and I thrive on pressure. It is not a negative thing, it is a positive thing – I take that with me into training and on the night in the ring.

'I am fully focused and I know if I get it done right there is a big prize at the end of it.'

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Morris' opponent at The Halls later this month is Harvey Hemsley – and if he wins it would take his record to nine wins and a draw from 10 outings – a record amassed in just two years of boxing as a pro.

The late start was down to a transitory lifestyle which has seen the popular father-of-two finally settle down.

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'I had a really unstable upbringing,' he explained. 'I moved around a bit, I was a bit of a rogue, and I was in and out of gyms as a kid, but never stuck at it.

'Then I moved to Norwich, settled down and began to focus a lot more and give it everything you need to be considered as a pro.

'But for me, I know it is a cliché, but age is just a number, to me it is. I live the life, I am fit, I haven't been battered from a young age, I still feel 21. I feel like a young fighter.

'My age doesn't bother me and if anyone thinks I am an old man they will find out different on the night.'

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