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'Pitbull' faces Bethnal Green title showdown

Boxing taxi-driver 'in the best shape of his life'

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'Pitbull' faces Bethnal Green title showdown

Bryan Richardson

BRYAN Richardson will go into his Super Series London Light Middleweight title bout on Friday night “in the best shape of his life according to trainer Dave Johnson.

The Thatcham taxi driver - ‘Pitbull’ in the ring - takes on Manchester’s James Drako at Bethnal Green’s boxing home at York Hall on Friday evening with is sights set on the belt having been offered the title shot that persuaded him to throw away thoughts of retirement.

Richardson will be followed by at least 40 supporters making their way to the East End, where ringside seats have sold out for the evening’s bouts, and Johnson believes they will see their man return with the prize.

“He’s in tremendous shape. The best shape of his life,” he said. “He has really shredded for this fight and will go in at 11 stone, but he’s strong.

“I really think this is going to be is night and he deserves it. He’s works so hard for this and it’s been a long time coming.”Johnson has studied his opponent and says: “He’s strong and likes to come at you, and is built for Bryan really. Anyone who comes at Bryan right now will be like going into a brick wall.”

Richardson’s training has included sparring with ‘Prizefighter’ champion professional Patrick Mendy: “He has been holding his own and causing him a few problems,” said Johnson.

“Bryan has worked so hard and I believe that he’s going to get something back for it. This is going to be his night and he’s going to bring the belt back to Thatcham.”

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