April Hunter talks Bellew link-up, Marshall sparring, McCaskill


April Hunter alongside manager and former world champion, Tony Bellew Photo Credit: Instagram @aprilhunterboxing
April Hunter alongside supervisor and former world champion, Tony Bellew Picture Credit score: Instagram @aprilhunterboxing

In simply 12 fights, Jessica McCaskill holds all 4 main belts at Welterweight and April Hunter is seeking to comply with swimsuit within the coming years.

Hunter (3-0) is in a singular place as the primary feminine skilled boxer to hail from Newcastle and seems to have all the things at her disposal to realize these ambitions, forward of her fourth skilled outing on the undercard of Lewis Ritson’s IBF ultimate eliminator with Jeremias Nicolas Ponce from the Eagles Neighborhood Enviornment on Saturday.

The Welterweight prospect has secured three straight wins by determination since her debut in October 2019 and ended an over 16-month absence with victory in Barcelona in April.

A former stablemate of Joe Legal guidelines, Hunter left her North East routes to relocate to Liverpool and particularly the well-known Rotunda gymnasium, the place she is skilled by Joe McNally and Declan O’Rourke.

Since that change, the 26-year-old has added former WBC Cruiserweight world champion, Tony Bellew to her crew in a managerial position and believes she is in good arms with the steering of the ‘Bomber’.

“Clearly I’m coaching out of the Rotunda,” Hunter mentioned on a media Zoom convention name on Tuesday.

“And so they’re all like a bit household in there, so I do know with Tony I’m rather well taken care of, he’s obtained my greatest pursuits at coronary heart.

“Such as you say, he obtained us in Barcelona and I’m out once more at house, so he’s doing great things.”

Within the UK significantly over the past yr, feminine boxing has been given arguably its most publicity and recognition, underlined by the Matchroom invoice on November 14 2020, headlined by Irish nice Katie Taylor and in addition that includes WBC Tremendous Featherweight champion, Terri Harper and now WBC interim Tremendous Bantamweight titlist, Rachel Ball.

Hunter fights for the fourth time as a professional in Newcastle on Saturday Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing
Hunter fights for the fourth time as knowledgeable in Newcastle on Saturday Picture Credit score: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

WBO Tremendous Middleweight world champion, Savannah Marshall is one other standout expertise, who’s on target for a future undisputed conflict with three-weight world champion, Claressa Shields and Hunter has been a beneficiary of sparring with Marshall, an expertise she sees as invaluable.

“Dangerous headache!” Hunter joked when requested how she discovered the sparring.

“Savannah’s my actually good pal. I’ve been going as much as Peter Fury’s gymnasium on a Wednesday evening, to spar Savannah on the Thursday morning and we’re going to maintain that as a daily this camp, as a result of for a feminine boxer it’s just like the equal of Tom Hart within the gymnasium going over to spar Canelo.

Hunter credits WBO Super Middleweight world champion, Savannah Marshall for her help in sparring Photo Credit: Dave Thompson/Matchroom Boxing
Hunter credit WBO Tremendous Middleweight world champion, Savannah Marshall for her assist in sparring Picture Credit score: Dave Thompson/Matchroom Boxing

“I’ve obtained that on my doorstep and she or he’s my pal, so I’m going to maintain utilizing that as a lot as doable and I believe that’ll be one of many massive components of my profession that takes us that additional size.

“You can’t purchase that and particularly for feminine sparring I believe the pool within the UK for the sparring it’s exhausting to get, I battle myself.

“So to have that on my doorstep 40 minutes away and for Sav to take the outing to assist me and provides me rounds is simply essential for my profession.”

Based on Boxrec.com, Hunter is rated at #24 within the Welterweight world rankings, though a number of the names above the Wallsend fighter have related expertise.

Jessica McCaskill is the undisputed Welterweight champion Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing
Jessica McCaskill is the undisputed Welterweight champion Picture Credit score: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing

Main the way in which is the undisputed champion, Jessica McCaskill who retained her belts with a rematch win over former long-reigning titlist, Cecilia Braekhus in March.

‘CasKILLA’ held all of the titles inside her first 11 fights and while Hunter will want extra expertise earlier than tackling the likes of McCaskill, she believes a world title shot might be a sensible goal inside 10 bouts.

McCaskill claimed a second win over Cecilia Braekhus in March Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom
McCaskill claimed a second win over Cecilia Braekhus in March Picture Credit score: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom

Hunter additionally admits she can be open to going through McCaskill’s stablemate and fellow undefeated Welterweight, Summer time Lynn who was hinted as a possible future opponent by supervisor and coach Rick Ramos on social media earlier this week.

“It’s clearly as much as my coach, it’s as much as my crew, however the way in which he’s talking, I’d say 10 fights and we’ll be able to go [for world titles].

“As a fighter you’ll battle anybody gained’t you. I’ll depart that all the way down to Tony and my coach Joe and I’m certain if it is sensible we’ll make that battle occur [against Summer Lynn].”


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