Martin Bakole has made it known that the he plans to “go the entire way” in the heavyweight division and wants to take a step up with a fight against a “big name” like Derek Chisora, according to his trainer Billy Nelson.
The 26-year-old Congo-born Scotland-based contender first takes on Ytalo Perea on Friday, live at 7pm on Sky Sports, on the undercard of the JD NXTGEN show.
“We would like to fight Derek Chisora or David Price,” Bakole’s trainer Nelson told the media.
“We have sparred Chisora and I’m not surprised that Chisora hasn’t fancied fighting Martin.
“Martin wants to fight the likes of Alexander Povetkin or Joseph Parker asap.
“He is ready to fight the big guys now. At the end of this year, we would like to fight a big, big name.”
Bakole is coming off a career-best win against the experienced Mariusz Wach, beating the Polish heavyweight via TK0 in round 8, but previously lost his unbeaten record to Michael Hunter having received a “devastating phone call” in the days prior to facing the American, according to Nelson.
“Martin was superb against Wach. I only remember him getting hit twice,” Nelson said.
“He boxed the way I know he can box, but there is better still to come.
“Anthony Joshua has seen it first-hand. You don’t get asked to repeatedly be his main sparring partner for no reason.”
Bakole has impressed during sparring sessions and must translate that to the ring, his trainer claimed.
“People are awe-struck,” Nelson said. “We sparred someone recently who had sparred Tyson Fury, Dillian Whyte, Chisora and Joe Joyce. But he said: ‘Bakole is by far the best’.
“Martin has hurt people, stopped people, cut people, knocked out people.
“He has speed and movement. He has speed of foot and speed of hand. He is a very powerful puncher and is extremely strong. He has a very good boxing brain.
“Given the chance, he will go the entire way.
By Kenny Leavett.