Senior happy to be underdog ahead of Leeds clash

Leon Senior

Leon Senior

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Swanley’s Leon Senior is looking forward to the biggest fight of his career when he faces British light heavyweight champion Bob Ajisafe in the MaxiNutrition Knockout semi-finals.

The clash takes place at Leeds Town Hall on May 17 and will be broadcast live on Channel Five.

Southern area champion Senior admits he would love to win the competition and feels all the pressure is on Ajisafe ahead of their domestic clash.

“I’m really looking forward to it, this is my biggest fight to date and it’s the best opportunity I could ask for,” Senior said.

“It would mean so much to get through Ajisafe.

“He’s the favourite in this competition, so I’m not looking any further than him and I’m taking it one fight at a time.”

Senior progressed following a non-contest decision against former Commonwealth title contender Tony Hill after an accidental clash of heads cut short their quarter-final.

Ajisafe came through a brutally relentless fight against former British and Commonwealth champion Dean Francis on points at Rivermead, Reading.

The Swanley man recognises this may favour his upcoming opponent when they meet, but believes he has what it takes to cause a major upset.

Senior said: “I have no pressure at all on me “I don’t think in anyone’s eyes, other than the people in my own camp, I am expected to win this fight.

“Bob has fought a lot of high profile fighters whereas I haven’t, so I wouldn’t blame anyone looking at him as the favourite.

“But I still think I have a better chance than most will think.

“I always believe in myself and I see myself as a very strong contender for this competition and this fight.

“I never thought I was going to be in a competition like this and I would love to lift that trophy.”

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