Boxing - Patterson gets big puncher Miles

Promoter Mickey Helliet has matched hot prospect Ahmet Patterson with power-puncher Dale Miles in the top-of-the-bill fight on his 'Hands of Stone, Nerves of Steel' show.

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They square up for the vacant British Masters welterweight championship at the Camden Centre on Saturday, June 1.

Patterson was set to box for the Southern Area title left vacant by Bradley Skeete, but instead, he meets Miles and it promises to be the toughest fight of the unbeaten Londoner's career. Miles is based with the Shinfields in Derbyshire, has more big-fight experience and dynamite in both fists.

His one-punch demolition of Curtis Woodhouse was surely the best knock out seen in a British ring in 2012 and his last fight was a points loss to Adil Anwar in a final eliminator for the British light-welterweight title. Patterson is a confident slickster and says he's ready to be let off the leash after a career-best win over Max Maxwell in his last fight.

"I'm happy," he said. "It's going to be a good fight. "It's a big step up and I know people I saying it's too early for me, but I'm ready.

"This is the type of fight I need. I will show what I'm made of."

Patterson says his boxing brain will give him the edge in what looks like a 50-50 fight. "I've seen footage of Miles," he said, "and he's a southpaw who can punch.

"I know he likes to stand there and trade, but anyone can do that. Boxing isn't just about standing in the middle of the ring trading punches, it's about using your brains as well and I can adapt to whatever is in front of me.

"I'm going to bring my 'A' game and I'm confident I will win."

JJ Ojuederie, the former Southern Area light-heavyweight champion, makes his comeback on the show and fast-rising flyweight Charlie Hoy is also matched.

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