Chris Brophy in a six round contest at the Kings Hall on Friday night.
Doherty, along with Amir Khan, Kell Brook and Nicky Smedley, is now considered as one of the “Young Guns’ of British boxing and the 21 year-old Tunstall boxer now has his sights firmly set on taking the welterweight division by storm.
“Its exactly a year since I turned pro and I’ve learned with every fight,” said Doherty. “Brophy will come to have a go and will give me a good work out but I am very fit and I will be ready for him. My apprenticeship in the pro ranks is going well and I feel like I will be ready to step up in class next year, I will be looking to challenge for a Midlands title during 2007. After that I want to go for English and then British titles.”
“I am still young and have plenty of time to achieve my goals and I am confident that Team Impact won’t move me on until they know I am ready. Scott Lawton is a great mentor and sets a great example for all the lads in the gym to follow, I feel lucky to be a member of the same gym as him.”
Brophy, with a tally of 2 wins 13 losses and 1 draw, appears on the face of it to lack Doherty’s class but all of his losses have been suffered at the hands of good prospects and he has taken many of them the distance. Doherty will therefore have to be on top form if he is to dispose of the Swansea man.
Chris Edwards will contest the vacant English flyweight title against Dale Robinson on the same bill and English lightweight champion Scott Lawton has his final warm up bout before he defends his title next February.
For tickets contact Impact Boxing on: 0845 156 7168