Jamie Speight bid to box two divisions lower
KINGSTEIGNTON fighter Jamie Speight is working on dropping TWO weight divisions after seeing yet another bout cancelled by his opponent.
Speight's planned clash with John Quigley in Liverpool next month was this week called off, with the Merseysider pulling out due to injury.
It is now six months since Speight won his Southern Area super featherweight title against Scott Moises, during which he has fought only once – when he was stopped by Ben Jones for the vacant IBO International lightweight title.
Speight said he now plans on dropping to 8st 10lb – which would enable him to fight at super bantamweight level.
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"For the first time in my career I will be fighting at the right weight," he said.
"At the moment I walk around at about 9st 6lb anyway which would suggest that I could box at a lower weight.
"I was training with Lee Haskins last week and looked at Lee, and he said to me why don't I fight lower?
"I'm probably two inches taller than him but we're pretty much the same build – and he's walking round at 8st 6lb, and gets down to 8st 3lb for fights. I think with the right team around me and the nutritionists, I'm more than capable of going to 8st 10lb and still boxing.
"With the personnel I've got around me I think it's possible.
"The good thing is that it opens up a whole new load of opponents for me."
Speight is hoping that having already won belts at a higher weight, he will be able to secure a bout with one of the top fighters in the division within the next six months.
Kid Galahad and Jason Booth, ranked at four and five in the super bantamweight UK rankings, are among the fighters which Speight believes could be next in his sights.
"They are the next two in line for British title shots, and I don't see any reason why I can't be boxing at the level and do well," added Speight.
"I want to fight at featherweight around November time, and if I've still got the same energy and power then I can drop to super bantamweight in January.
"I think it will bode well for me that I'm already a champion at two weights above, and will count in my favour when I'm looking for opponents."