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The Gambler Baker Working Towards 30 Not Out


Kane Baker is working towards the big 30 after passing the 25-fight mark as a pro boxer in his last outing. He’s back in action when BCB Promotions stage their first show at the Eastside Rooms, on Woodcock Street in Birmingham, with fight night set for Friday February 25. His 26th ring date is his third successive appearance in his home city and a fourth straight contest in the West Midlands, all of them wins. The 31-year-old, from Bartley Green, notched a points success over Dean Evans, before recording the same verdict against Luke Merrifield, both six-round points whitewashes.

Baker then registered his first stoppage, at the 25th attempt, when Luke Fash retired with a ring injury at the end of the third round. It’s now coming up to six years since Baker made his pro debut, with his paid career currently standing at 17 victories and eight defeats. He’s been in with the likes of Conor Benn when on the losing side, with all but one of those setbacks coming against undefeated opposition. Baker has held the Midlands lightweight title and vied for the division’s English crown, so is confident he can engage in further battles for belts.

He said: “This is my third fight with Spencer (McCracken Jr, coach) and everything is going well. Teaming up with him has given me something new. “Sometimes, it just takes a different person to look at the way you do things, such as not standing there when I’ve landed my shots, instead manoeuvring and moving my feet more. “I still feel like I can challenge for titles and I know I can get approved for them, so it’s just about waiting for the right opportunity to come along. “I’ve hit a few personal goals in my career, I’ve made some new resolutions for this year and staying in the gym has been the key. “Reaching 25 fights was a milestone for me and I want to start working towards 30 now. To do all of that reminds me of how active I’ve been, fighting at a decent level. “I’ve proved that I’ll fight anyone, all I ask for is the right amount of notice. There have been too many in the past that I’ve taken, when I probably shouldn’t have. “I’ve built up a following and my fans have seen me in the trenches, along with the good times. I just want to keep entertaining them. “How I’ve bettered my life and the experiences I’ve had, going up and down the country and travelling the world, is what I’ll take away from boxing.” Tickets for the Eastside Rooms bill are available, priced at £40 standard or £75 VIP ringside with buffet, directly from the boxers or by visiting myfighttickets.com.