Champion Cartwright looks to unify division in mega bout

IBF Youth World Middleweight champion Reece Cartwright ('Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe)
IBF Youth World Middleweight champion Reece Cartwright ('Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe)
Have your say

LEEDS boxer Reece Cartwright has vowed to open further doors in his burgeoning professional career in a Germany versus England unification bout in Leeds in May.

Unbeaten Halton puncher Cartwright is already Leeds’ first professional world champion having scooped the IBF Youth World Middleweight belt when defeating Henri Kekalainen at New Dock Hall last June.

Leeds boxer Reece Cartwright

Leeds boxer Reece Cartwright

Victories against Marcin Cybulski, Jerko Galesic and Giorgi Kandelaki have followed but Cartwright says he will now face his biggest test yet in meeting Germany’s unbeaten Jan Meiser at New Dock Hall in Leeds on Friday, May 5.

Meiser is the current WBO Youth World Middleweight Champion, giving 22-year-old Cartwright the opportunity to take a notable scalp in a bid to make it 17 victories from 17 fights.

Nine of Cartwright’s 16 successes have come via knockout.

But Meiser himself can also boast an unbeaten record of 13 wins and one draw, with eight of the German’s victories achieved by knock-out.

The upcoming Germany versus England boxing battle was originally due to take place in Berlin but through long negotiations the German champion agreed to fight in the UK.

Cartwright explained: “It is a dream come true for me, to get a unification fight over here in my home city in front of my Leeds and UK fans rather than having to go to Germany to do it.

“My team and advisors have done a great job in getting me the fight at home.

“Now it’s down to me to get in that ring and do my job and win; which I’m confident I will do.

“This is a big deal on a big stage for me and victory will open doors; but my focus right here and now is Jan Meiser.

“I am very aware of the dangerous threat Jan Meiser poses and I have to respect him, he’s a champion that has knockout power, which I have personally witnessed first hand when we were invited over to Germany to watch him in action and promote our up and coming fight.

“He’s unbeaten and can fight and he’s definitely not afraid of coming over here to win. My job it not to let that happen.”

Meiser, who is also 22 years old, says the upcoming bout is the result of over two years’ hard work.

Cartwright made his pro debut back in March 2014 while Meiser entered a professional ring for the first time five months later, in August 2014.

“I’m very happy to fight Reece Cartwright in the UK,” said the German.

“It’s a 50-50 fight – he’s a good fighter. It’s taken just over two years to get this fight on.

“I’m very confident my power and skills will beat him come May 5.”

l For tickets for the event call 0113 2436017.