Cartwright optimistic about win.
Welterweight Mason Cartwright has hit back at comments from Darren Tetley, ahead of their fight for the vacant WBO European title.
In a War of the Roses bout, Bradford’s southpaw Tetley is likely to have the vocal backing of the Yorkshire crowd at Elland Road.
However, Cartwright is confident he can come out on top against the unbeaten fighter in next Saturday’s undercard and has promised him “a long and painful night”.
“I respect whoever gets in the ring to fight me but I don’t come to lose,” said Cartwright.
“I’m familiar with Darren’s name from the amateurs and I’ve seen a few rounds of him on DVD, he’s clearly earned his stripes.
“I’ve boxed loads of southpaws as an amateur and I've beaten all four I’ve faced as a pro, I throw lots of back hands, so southpaws suit me- I prefer them.
“From what we’re hearing, he seems to think he can stand and fight with me, which is good, I don’t want him to go running.
“For a southpaw, he doesn’t seem too hard to hit and I don’t think Tetley understands quite how strong I am.
“When his movement inevitably dips and he’s forced to hold his feet, I’ll take over and mow him down.
"I’ll not rush for a stoppage but, if a chance arises, I’ll certainly not be taking my foot off the gas.
“He’ll discover I just don’t give up and I’m promising Darren Tetley a long, painful night!
“Dropping down to welter from light-middle for my last fight has actually made me stronger, I’ve recently added an extra weight to all my lifts and from a small light-middle, I’ve become a huge welter.
“I definitely perform better under pressure, a better opponent brings out an edge.
“I’m not remotely bothered about going to Tetley’s back garden, in my fifth fight I went to London to fight Ash Hill and I properly wiped the floor with him."
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