SIMON Vallily believes Friday night’s battle with former British champion Paul David will be the perfect place to “showcase” his talents.
The Hartlepool-trained cruiserweight has won all three of his professional contests – all against opponents he would be expected to ease past.
However, on Friday night he could have his hands full against an experienced – and slippery – customer, who, at the age of 29, is only 11 months older than Vallily.
The Gus Robinson Developments boxer though is encouraged by the prospect that the Northampton man will come to give it a go at Gateshead Leisure Centre.
“It’s brilliant, it will bring out the best in me,” Vallily told SportMail. “I’m really looking forward to it.
“David is a good opponent for me – he’s going to come to win. He’s going to come out of his shell and not just be looking to survive the rounds.
“He could well come out all guns blazing.
“If he does, it will be all the better for me to showcase my skills and highlight how much I have come on.”
Vallily is managed by one of the best in the business, Frank Warren, but he is enjoying being based in Hartlepool, having started his pro career in London.
The 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist is under the guidance of Gus Robinson Developments head coach Peter Cope.
Vallily has won twice while the Hartlepool trainer has been in his corner and feels it’s a good partnership.
“It’s been going really well, he’s pushed me hard and we’ve worked on a lot of stuff,” said the Teesside boxer.
“I think Friday night will be a reflection of the work we’ve done.”
Vallily will be on the same Steve Wraith-promoted bill as his former GB and Gus Robinson Developments team-mate Bradley Saunders.
The Sedgefield light-welterweight tops the bill though he has a new opponent.
Saunders had been scheduled to box rugged Pole Krzysztof Szot over eight rounds. The 27-year-old still has Eastern European opposition but now his rival is from Hungary – Gyorgy Mizsei.
And the 20-year, from Budapest, looks a live opponent having won 16 of his 23 bouts, 10 of his successes coming inside the distance.
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