Cardle target’s British title bid

Scott Cardle
Scott Cardle
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Unbeaten Scott Cardle wants a British title shot once he defeats Krzystof Szot.

Cardle who remains undefeated after 12 bouts is eager to get out in front of a sell out 21,000 crowd and make an impression against the Polish fighter as he continues to climb the lightweight division.

After talks of a title eliminator broke down, Cardle has been after an opponent and eventually the bout against Szot was agreed.

“I’ve had my eye on a few opponents over the past month or so,” said Cardle.

“I’ve known I’m fighting Szot for more than two weeks now so I’ve been fully focused on him and his style.

“I’ve done my homework on him and I do feel confident as always.”

Cardle who fought 11 bouts in his first year in the paid ranks has seen his development slow a little in his second year with injuries and cuts ruling him out during the summer.

“There’s not much you can do to avoid head clashes and cuts.

“I’ve just been unfortunate to have picked the odd cut and injury so early in my career but its just one of those things you have to deal.

“I started my pro career in a very busy style with 11 fights in 12 months, I feel it’s time for me to start mixing it with the best at domestic level.

“I’m not at the stage to start talking about world honours yet, but I do feel ready for that step up to British title level and hopefully I’ll get the shot early next year.”

The Phones4U Arena is an iconic venue for Cardle – he grew up watching the likes of Ricky Hatton fighting in the Manchester ring.

Despite the prestigious surroundings and a place on on one of the biggest cards this year in the UK he still seems relaxed.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of some massive boxing shows,” said Cardle.

“I’ve been on the under card of world boxing greats, but this show will be the biggest to date.

“Boxing on a bill like this in front of 21,000 fans is going to be unforgettable.

“To box at the Manchester Arena has been an ambition of mine since I started as a youngster when I used to go and watch Ricky Hatton there, so it’s going to be extra special for me.

“I’m nervous leading up to every fight, I think every boxer will tell you the same.

“In a show like this I think the butterflies will appear sooner than normal but I think the experience I’ve had from my previous big arena shows will help me soak up the occasion and focus on the job in hand.”