Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Truscott: I'll Look like a Million Dollars

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Truscott: I'll Look like a Million Dollars

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PAUL TRUSCOTT is promising to look "a million dollars" when he renews big time boxing hostilities with John Simpson at Eston Sports Academy on Friday.

Fight fans will be glued to their seats and TV screens to see the Middlesbrough featherweight attempt to recapture the Commonwealth title from the Scot.

And Truscott is adamant he will not only avenge his only professional defeat in the main event of Sky Sports' Friday Fight Night, but do it in sensational style.

"I think a star is going to be born, I really do. This is the start of my career and it's all or nothing," the 23-year-old told the Evening Gazette.

"Everything I've done in my career is nothing compared to what I'm going to do on Friday night.

"That's how I feel. I've heard Simpson is training hard and never looked so good.

"He is also good in rematches. So when I beat him and look a million dollars there can be no excuses from his people."

Truscott sank into the depths of depression when - leading on the scorecards - he lost the title in January on an eighth round cut caused by an accidental head clash.

But he has regrouped and rededicated himself and is vowing to prove that his lone loss in 14 bouts was simply a quirk of the British rules system.

"I've had a hard six months of being up and down and feeling like I've never felt before," said Truscott.

"I've felt sick to death and like throwing it all away, but everything seems to be slotting into place.

"My coach and my manager have done their job, it's all down to me now and this is personal.

"In my eyes I still see myself as undefeated. I don't think many people could blame me for thinking like that.

"It's not about the belt, it's not about moving forward in my career, this is for me."

Truscott feels he is vastly superior to Simpson in every department and insists all the pressure is on the visiting champion.

"I don't think there is any way John Simpson can beat me, other than with heads," he said. …

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