Duo out to speed up title hunt in 2017

Dave Birmingham. Picture: Sarah Standing
Dave Birmingham. Picture: Sarah Standing

TITLES are the target in 2017.

Both Dave Birmingham and Danny Couzens believe they can get belts around their waists over the next 12 months.

Danny Couzens. Picture: Sarah Standing (161623-8378)

Danny Couzens. Picture: Sarah Standing (161623-8378)

The pair will be expected to pick up wins in their next professional contests tomorrow.

Lightweight Birmingham goes up against Dave Miko on his return to the ring after a hand injury.

Despite making his pro bow this year with little experience, the 35-year-old is hopeful he can fast-tracked into the title mix.

Birmingham said: ‘I’ve been fast-tracked and I’m happy to continue being fast-tracked.

‘I’m looking forward to putting in a performance and then get back in the ring in the new year ready for March.

‘I have a great missus, Jodie, who supports me and looks after the kids. That allows me to train.

‘I had a setback with the hand injury but I’m over that. It feels stronger than ever.

‘I can see 2017 being a big year for me. If I can go for a Challenge belt and then a Southern Area title – by all means.

‘People who know me know I’ll always step up and give it everything.

‘I can win, enjoy watching Joel and Miles – and then go for a kebab and a pint!’

Couzens will have a decent backing for his clash with Hungarian Istvan Orsos.

The cruiserweight makes his Portsmouth homecoming after a brave Southern Area title loss to Wadi Camacho in July.

Couzens said: ‘I haven’t boxed in Portsmouth for two years.

‘I want to get a win, and, as Steve (Goodwin) says hopefully fight for the title in March.

‘So I need to win – and look good doing it.

‘I still love boxing. I’ve tried giving it up but can’t walk away. I just love a tear-up I guess!

‘Camacho was a great opportunity, I never let myself down and I got credit from everyone in York Hall that night.

‘Now I want to show what I can do – and I’m going to punch my opponent all around the ring on the way to that title shot.’