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Steeds aiming to cruise to victory

PUBLISHED: 14:29 02 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:40 05 October 2010

MICKEY STEEDS is confident he will lift the British cruiserweight championship on Friday night - but he could also be in line for a Slimmer of the year award. Steeds, who fights Midlands rival Robert Norton at the Meadowside Leisure Centre in Burton-on-

MICKEY STEEDS is confident he will lift the British cruiserweight championship on Friday night - but he could also be in line for a 'Slimmer of the year' award.

Steeds, who fights Midlands rival Robert Norton at the Meadowside Leisure Centre in Burton-on-Trent, will step into the ring 40 pounds lighter than his fighting weight two years ago.

He is confident that a strict diet regime since his days as a heavyweight will set him up for success.

The 25-year-old from the Isle of Dogs challenged for the British heavyweight crown in 2006, losing a points verdict to Welsh giant Scott Gammer at Port Talbot.

After just one more fight in the heavyweight division - when he weighed 239lbs - he decided to move down to cruiserweight.

With three wins in as many fights in the lighter division, he now finds himself stepping into the ring for the British title on a Matchroom-promoted show.

Trainer Mark Roe praises the dedication of the fighter.

"He has worked really hard and been down to his weight for more than a week," said Roe.

"He has benefited from some great sparring with the boys at the Peacock gym."

Steeds does not expect an easy encounter against Norton, an awkward southpaw who has suffered just four defeats in his 34 ring appearances in a pro career that spans 16 years and has previously fought Sebastiaan Rothmann for the WBU world title.

The 36-year-old Norton has not fought since a December defeat by Yugoslavia-born Enad Licina in Switzerland - his first setback after six straight wins.

Yet Steeds, whose two defeats against Gammer are the only losses in 14 pro bouts, is confident he can bring the title home to east London.

He roared: "I have already lost one British title chance - I do not anticipate losing a second.

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