Oakey eyes British title fight

PUBLISHED: 17:22 01 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:30 05 October 2010

Tony Oakey admits that leaving his Portsmouth home to train under East Londoner Johnny Eames has brought a new lease of life to his career

Tony Oakey admits that leaving his Portsmouth home to train under East Londoner Johnny Eames at the Ultrachem TKO Gym has brought a new lease of life to his ring career.

The former British and WBU champion added the British Masters title to his lengthy honours list when he stopped Welsh rival Shon Davies in four rounds in his home city on Saturday night.

Now, at the age of 33 and nearing the end of an 11-year pro career, Oakey is aiming to achieve his British title ambitions at the East London gym and hopes new promoter Ricky Hatton can set up the chance.

"Hopefully I can have a good future with Hatton Promotions and I can get the British title shot I think I deserve," Oakey said.

"Trust me, anyone who says there isn't a lot left in Tony Oakey's tank is wrong - very wrong. I told Johnny Eames that when he was making the match, so they got me a tough match and it was a good performance."

Oakey knows that one more British title success will earn him the Lonsdale belt outright - an honour that looked unlikely following last year's defeats by Dean Francis and Nathan Cleverly.

But with the backing of Eames' TKO Gym, Oakey's bid to secure the Lonsdale belt looks to be back on track.

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