GARY Fox goes into the biggest fight of his life tonight armed with some inside knowledge which he hopes will help him to his greatest win.
“The Fishburn Fox” meets one of this country’s brightest lightweight talents, Scott Cardle, over eight rounds in Glasgow.
It is a massive night for both men as the winner would move a significant step towards the English and British championship mix.
Fox will begin as the underdog - Cardle has reeled off 11 straight wins since leaving the amateur game where he was one of Britain’s main stars.
But Fox is relishing the challenge, which will be screened live on Sky Sports 1 as part of the build up to the Ricky Burns world title defence at the Scottish Exhibition Centre.
The Neil Fannan-trained crowd-pleaser is not short of belief after nine wins in a row and has a special ally in his proverbial corner.
HIs pal and former South Durham ABC team-mate is Bradley Saunders.
The top light-welterweight prospect, who trains at the Gus Robinson Developments gym and Ellwoods World of Fitness, knows Cardle inside out and has beaten the Lytham boxer in the amateurs.
“Me and Bradley sat and watched Scott’s win over Maxi Hughes on TV on Wednesday,” Fox told SportMail.
“Not only has Bradley beaten him, he’s sparred and trained with him for years.
“I’ve taken on board everything he’s told me, though, to be fair, what he’s said is stuff I have been working on with Neil.
“Fanno had it spot on in training, but it’s been good to get Bradley’s help.
“I know I’ve got to stick to my game-plan and I know I’m fit, game and ready to take him into the trenches.”
Dragging Cardle into a war is exactly what the 27-year-old will look to do.
Fox is no Sugar Ray Leonard - he’s a tough up and at ‘em South Durham lad, who has made great strides under the tutelage of Fannan.
The winner of the Northern Area title almost exactly 12 months ago will not out-box Cardle but, and here’s the beauty of boxing, he has a chance of succeeding by out-fighting the 23-year-old.
“Scott’s quite big, he boxed as a welterweight as an amateur,” said Fox. “He’s a good, tidy boxer, who’s quite sharp and likes to start fast.
“But he still looks a bit amateurish, I watched his last fight with Maxi Hughes and I spotted a few things I will look to exploit.
“I’m not going to under-estimate though, he is good. He was top of the tree as an amateur.
“But amateur and pro are two totally different things.
“I’m game and can take a shot and I know I can go in the trenches.
“He’s going to be very active from the start and I’m going to try to make sure he can’t get a lead.
“I will look to match him at the start because I think the later rounds can be mine.”
Fox will be roared on by around 100 fans from this area at the SEC this evening.
And he has been mildly irked by Cardle’s attempts to curry favour with the locals.
“He says this is his home ground, but I don’t think it is,” Fox said.
“He has gone on and on about Glasgow and it being a home area for him but I know he’s from Blackpool way.
“I think he is looking to get some of the Burns support but I’ve brought quite a few people up.
“I’m going to have somewhere between 80 and 100 people in the arena which is great.
“I see he’s booked up to fight again in October and I hope he’s looking past me because if he is, he’s in for a shock.”