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Prospect John Docherty looking to impress against Anthony Fox

The young super middleweight faces a prospect checker on a good run this Friday.

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Matchroom’s Fight Camp series returns for a third week on Friday, Aug. 14, with Felix Cash facing Jason Welborn in the main event, and one of the featured undercard bouts will see unbeaten young super middleweight prospect John Docherty taking on prospect tester Anthony Fox.

Fox (8-12-4, 0 KO) doesn’t have top skills or big power, and the sub-.500 records of UK fighters like him still turn off a lot of American fans, but he’s only been stopped once — in his second pro fight in 2016 — and generally gives young fighters good work.

The 25-year-old Fox is also on a streak of three straight upset wins, beating Luke Blackledge, Morgan Jones, and Duane Sinclair.

The 22-year-old Docherty (8-0, 6 KO) says he and trainer Tony Sims have a plan in place, and that he’s looking to win in style on Friday, but he’s also taking Fox seriously.

“Anthony Fox is just above journeyman level,” said Docherty. “I’m not going to say he’s great. I’m not going to say he’s not good. I’m here to do a job on him and knock him out. Me and Tony have been through our game plan and we know what we’re going to do. We’re going to walk through Anthony Fox and look good doing it.

“I’ve taken Anthony Fox seriously. He’s like a British champion to me. I’ve left everything in the gym. I know I’ve done everything right in this camp. Tony has been there pushing me on the whole way through. You’ll see on the night. I’ll be a completely different fighter. I’ll put on a top performance.”

All of Docherty’s stoppage wins have come inside the first two rounds, and he thinks he can do that again if Fox comes forward.

“I would love to make a statement with a knockout. He’s on a good run of form and we all know how tough he is. He can box a bit, too. If he comes to fight me I think I’ll knock him out very quickly. If he comes to box then he’ll survive for a bit and he might make it through a few rounds.”