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Wilson must wait for his first six-rounder

PUBLISHED: 16:37 05 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:30 07 September 2010

Ian Wilson's hopes of going half a dozen rounds in his next fight have been dashed even before he enters the ring – but the former St Pancras amateur star says it's merely a blip on his road to glory. Wilson was scheduled for an extended super featherweight

Ian Wilson's hopes of going half a dozen rounds in his next fight have been dashed even before he enters the ring - but the former St Pancras amateur star says it's merely a blip on his road to glory.

Wilson was scheduled for an extended super featherweight bout in Dagenham on January 26 - his first six-rounder since turning pro - but will again be limited to four because of time restrictions on the undercard.

"It's frustrating because I keep saying: 'This will be my last four-rounder'," Wilson told Ham&High Sport.

"But this will definitely be my last. I'm not letting it happen again.

"I want to prove myself over six because it's another step up the ladder and I know I can do it.

"I'm a slow starter so I don't suit four-round fights. I feel like I'm being forced to box in a way I don't want to.

"Six rounds would be so much more natural for me."

Wilson won his last four-round contest against Matt Lewis at Bethnal Green in November by four points, and will be looking to repeat that success next month against a yet-to-be confirmed opponent.

But the 25-year-old has no preferred opponent and says: "I won't be running my mouth off about my chances."

Instead, his swift, counter-punching fists will speak volumes.

"I'm not cocky," added Wilson. "My personality won't let me be like that. In fact, I'm almost underconfident.

"I get quite nervous before fights but I find it's healthy. I walk around pretty much at my fighting weight and those last few ounces come off with the nerves."

Wilson has won six out of six fights since turning pro last year and there is little sign that he spent six years away from the game suffering from a serious back injury. "I slipped a disc picking up a crate of Budweiser at work and that ended my amateur career aged 18," he explained.

"I got so depressed waiting to come back.

"My back is never going to be 100 per cent and I'm always wary of it.

"But having my brother Colin as my trainer makes a huge difference because he knows how to look after me and he knows I'll do whatever I can. I don't shy away from training."

Wilson's aim is to win the Southern Area title in the near future, "then tick them off one by one" until he gets a shot at a world title.

"I wouldn't have come back if I didn't think I could go all the way," he added.

editorial@hamhigh.co.uk

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