Not many people will have as short a journey to the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham this weekend as Terry Maughan.
The Sneinton middleweight makes his pro debut on the undercard of the Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown between Carl Froch and Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell and he won’t have too far to travel to get to the venue.
“I only live about a ten minute walk away so getting there certainly won’t be a problem,” said the former three time British Kick Boxing champ.
“It’s all a bit surreal really, making my pro debut so close to home and on such a massive night of boxing. I’m a huge fan of Carl’s and I’d be there cheering him on anyway if I wasn’t fighting myself.”
While Froch will be looking to kick off his Super Six campaign in style and successfully defend his WBC Super Middleweight title Maughan will launch his pro career with a former WBC Super Middleweight champ in his corner in the shape of Richie Woodhall.
Maughan has decided to abandon his kick boxing career in favour of the Queensberry rules and with Woodhall in his corner Maughan believes it will prove to be the right decision.
“I’ve always been better with my hands than my feet anyway so I’ve found it quite easy to adjust,” revealed the 24-year-old. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I’ve been training with Richie now for the last eight months so I’m determined to give it a real go. I believe I can win the British title within three years and I think I have the tools to go all the way.
“Working with someone who has been to very top in the sport gives you great confidence. Of course I’ll have nerves on the night making my debut on such a big occasion but that will only add to the buzz and once that first bell goes and the punches start flying the nerves will go out the window.”
The Froch vs. Dirrell bout will be screened live on pay per view in the UK and Ireland on new satellite channel Primetime (Sky channel 480) as part of a knockout Super Six tournament double header from Nottingham and Berlin.
The tournament officially kicks off in Germany when former marquee Middleweight Champs Arthur Abraham and Jermain Taylor clash at The O2 World Arena in Berlin before the action moves to Froch’s hometown and the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham.
To watch the opening night of the Super Six tournament on Primetime (Sky channel 480) call 0871 200 4444 (+448702 416 666 from the Republic of Ireland) or see http://www.primetimelive.co.uk. The event is available at a special price of £12.95 until 24 hours before the fight after which it will then increase to £14.95.
Primetime will build up to the event by screening Froch’s previous two world title fights, his twelve round thriller with Jean Pascal to win the WBC title and his sensational final round KO over Jermain Taylor in the U.S. in April. The fights will be broadcast from 7-10pm on Primetime each night leading up to the Super Six tournament double header on October 17th.
Primetime will also broadcast FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic, a new reality series that will give fight fans unprecedented access into the lives of the Super Six tournament participants.
Tickets for Froch V Dirrell are available from the Trent FM Arena, Nottingham Box Office priced £30, £45, £125 and £250. To purchase tickets call the Box Office on 08444 124 624 or visit www.trentfmarena.co.uk. Tickets are also available from Ticketline on 0844 888 4402 or via www.hennessysports.com.
For more information on the Super Six World Boxing Classic including exclusive videos, photography, expert analysis from Al Bernstein and Steve Farhood, and much more please visit www.WorldBoxingClassic.com or visit http://www.hennessysports.com/worldboxingclassic.htm.