AYLESBURY boxer Nathan Graham has blasted rival Robert Lloyd Taylor after the fighter pulled out of this Friday’s Troxy Limehouse bout at the 11th hour.
After training intensively for more than three months – and throughout Christmas, – Graham was fit and raring to go against Lloyd Taylor, winner of the light middleweight on Prizefighter and a fighter ranked 12th in the country.
Victory in the fight, which was finally arranged after several attempts from the Graham camp to set it up on various occasions, would have set ‘Da Lick’ on the path for a British title bout.
But speaking on Tuesday, a disappointed Graham says Lloyd Taylor had ‘bottled it again’ and insists he will be taking his frustration out on whoever stands in for the drop out come Friday night.
“I’ve tried to fight him a few times and he comes up with excuses,” revealed Graham.
“He’s saying he’s not ready or he’s changed trainers and he pulled out on Monday (a replacement has not yet been named).
“It disappointing because it might stall me in trying to get a British title fight but it won’t affect me.
“I train to fight anybody, regardless of who they put in front of me I’ll be ready.
“Whoever I’m fighting they are stalling my work, but that’s life and I’m going to have to take out my frustrations on whoever steps in.
“I’m there to do a job, I’ve trained hard for months, have hardly slacked off training at all and I’m more than ready,” he said.
Graham has been through a gruelling schedule with dad Michael and kickboxer Steve Cook at Pegasus Gym in Aylesbury while also doing his cardio work with trainer Wes Ogle at Nuffield Gym in Fairford Leys.
He says the hard work put in with them will stand him in good stead.
“My dad has been working me hard as always and I have to thank him, Steve, Wes and Nuffield for helping me get ready for the fight,” he said.
Graham will be cheered on by more than 100 loyal fans in London on Friday, many of whom are travelling to the fight by train. For tickets call 07507 526877.
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