Defiant Little ready to snuff out Dynamite Dubois' fuse
PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 June 2018
Tom Little is all set for his shot at the English heavyweight title - and fully intends to take advantage of his "golden ticket".
The hard-hitting Hatfield man faces one of the country’s rising stars in the shape of ‘Dynamite’ Daniel Dubois at the O2 Arena on Saturday.
And after an unsuccessful tilt at the Southern Area belt in 2016, the 30-year-old has forced himself back into title contention with a hat-trick of victories on the domestic circuit.
It is an opportunity he does not intend to let slide.
He said: “It feels like I’ve got the chance I have been crying out for. This is my shot, this is my now or never.
“I’ve never been looked after as a fighter. I’m pretty sure once I upset the applecart and show people exactly what I am capable of, I will be looked after a lot better.
“This is my Golden Ticket. I’ve been offered other fights, but this is the one where I know I can excel and pull off stuff that I’ve known for a long time I can do.”
Little knows full well that, after calling out pretty much every heavyweight in the country over the last couple of years, he now has to back up his words and prove to the doubters that he is not all talk.
“I am in for a world of torment if this goes wrong, 100 per cent, but I know it isn’t going to go wrong,” he said.
“I know I laugh and I joke and I am very antagonising in some respects. I also know I am in for the fight of my life and don’t for one minute think I am in for an easy night.
“What I do know is that I am willing to go to where I need to go to get the win and I also know that Daniel is not.
“Because of his age and his experience, I know he will quit. I am not going to say too much more than that, but I know he has got quit in him and I haven’t.
“He is used to smashing people on the chin or his opponents being beaten before they get in the ring with him. I wouldn’t be bothered about facing Daniel if he had a shotgun in his hand.
“That might be stupid but it is the way I am wired up. I can’t change the way I am and I believe that styles make fights. Daniel’s style suits mine.”
The fight takes place on a bumper bill which should have been headlined by Billy Joe Saunders, before injury forced the world champion to cancel his fight with Martin Murray.