Lee Froch says he is looking forward to making a “dream come true” as he aims to emulate his brother by winning a title at the Motorpoint Arena.
Five years after four-time world champion Carl Froch demolished Lucian Bute, Lee will make the same ringwalk when he faces Richie Leak for the EBF English heavyweight title on Friday night.
Carl will lead his brother out in front of what is expected to be a crowd of more than 3,000 fans when he faces Blackpool’s Leak, who is dubbed ‘The Viking’.
And Lee is ready for his own date with destiny as he looks to preserve an unbeaten record on the semi-pro circuit.
“I am trimmed up, training has gone well and I am ready for what should be a memorable evening,” he said.
“It’s going to be a fantastic occasion. To think my brother boxed there when he fought Bute and then obviously Yusaf Mack there a few months later is amazing.
“It’s a bit surreal having boxed in nightclubs, but to fight at the same arena where all those historic nights took place is a dream come true really.
“I am expecting a really good fight. We are both unbeaten and we can both bang, so it’s going to be a tough fight.
“He’s strong and powerful and I don’t want to be standing in the way of him for too long. But I am really looking forward to it.”
Leak is expected to come to the ring the much heavier fighter at 17st, but Lee is hoping his speed and movement will prove decisive.
And he hopes that he already has the edge mentally given he is used to the big occasions having been ringside for Carl’s biggest occasions.
“He’s a bit cumbersome, he’s a bit of a novice and I don’t think he’s got my skill set because I am light on my feet and I’ll use that to my advantage,” he said.
“I’ve got that experience of walking out in front of a big crowd having walked out with Carl before.
“I think it will give me the edge because I am in my home town. It’s like football. The home team always has the advantage and tend to play better.
“When you hear your name being chanted, it gives you a lift. I am going to be used to that and I think it will be a bit daunting for Richie.
“Whether he’s put that to the back of his mind we will have to see. He can fight, but he’s more of a brawler than a boxer.”
Lee has attracted a mass of sponsorship since moving into the semi-pro circuit and he said their support has been vital.
“I’d just like to thank the promoter John Ashton for sorting out the Motorpoint Arena and dealing with that side of things,” he said.
“And I’d like to say a big thanks to my sponsors Apple Green Printing, Bodycraft Tattoos, Chris Allsop Crane Hire, Extreme Nutrition, Saxon Electrical, Pro-Dem and Grosvenor Casino have all been extremely supportive.”
Froch will top the bill on the night which will also feature other local fighters, including Jack Mantell, Sam Godfrey and Rob ‘Big Red’ Lamont.
Other fights will involve Andy Flint vs Paul Stephenson, Tim Sobers vs Paul Thompson, Calum Reeve vs George Farell and Jack Fletcher vs Dan Treacy.
Tickets cost £33.60 and £44.80, with the doors opening at 6.30pm.
Table seating (priced £56), Bolero seating (priced £84) and VIP tables (priced £84) are being sold separately via the promoter.