20-year-old lightweight prospect Aqib Fiaz is set to return to the ring on Friday’s Matchroom Fight Camp show, which will stream live on DAZN as part of the Harper-Jonas undercard.
Fiaz (5-0, 0 KO) turned pro in Mar. 2019 and has rather easily handled his first five bouts against journeymen and novices, but is taking a bit of a step up in competition, at least on paper, against 30-year-old Birmingham native Kane Baker (13-6, 0 KO), who has been in with a handful of solid fighters and prospects, and has proven to be a solid prospect tester.
Baker upset Ishmael Ellis in Dec. 2018, and gave Myron Mills a tough fight in November of last year, too. He’s also had losses to the likes of Conor Benn, Sam Maxwell, Darren Surtees, and Gary Cully.
Fiaz understands Baker has the better pro experience, but warns the young veteran not to underestimate him.
“Kane Baker is a tough guy,” said Fiaz. “I respect him. He’s a good fighter and he’s an experienced professional. I believe I’m going all the way to the top, though. He’s in my way and we’ve got to get him out of the way. In my opinion, he thinks this young kid is stepping up from four rounds and jumping into an eight rounder with him too soon.
“I’ve read some of his interviews. He’s underestimating me if he thinks he’s a huge banana skin. I’ve boxed at the highest level as an amateur. I represented my country. I’m in here sparring world class elite level fighters like Carl Frampton that have won numerous world titles. I can’t see him brining anything to the table that I can’t handle.
“I respect him and he can say what he wants. He’s watched me. I know he has. If he thinks he’s a banana skin, that’s fine. I can’t really say much more than that. I’m happy for him to think that. If he thinks I’m inexperienced then he’s got another thing coming.
“If he wants to take confidence from that then that’s up to him. I don’t think his experience will make the difference on the night. I’ve been matched tough from early on. It’s a good step up for me. It’s a fight that I can win and win looking good. I’ll do it in style.”
Live coverage for Matchroom Fight Camp will start at 2 pm ET on DAZN, and 7 pm BST on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom. Bad Left Hook will have live coverage.