British, Commonwealth and European flyweight champion Kevin Satchell (13-0, 2 KOs) is scheduled to step back between the ropes on March 6th in a rematch against former foe Luke Wilton (16-4-1, 7 KOs) at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.
James Helder interviewed Satchell for iFLTV in a video posted on YouTube on January 8th, to gather the Liverpudlian’s thoughts on his upcoming bout in which he will defend the European and Commonwealth portions of his crown. He had this to say on Wilton.
“He’s a tough, tough kid. I fought him in 2012, I boxed him for the British and Commonwealth at the Echo Arena and he put up a really good fight. He’s a tough, durable kid.”
Satchell, along with super-flyweight prospect Kal Yafai (13-0, 9 KOs) is following in the wake left by Liverpool’s Paul Butler (17-0, 8 KOs) who moved up to bantamweight and won his first world title last year. Having accumulated three titles in so few fights Satchell must be contemplating the next logical step of moving up to the world level, and those directing his path towards the summit seem to be making plans for him to do just that.
“I’ve said this to everyone; I’ll fight anyone. It’s just whatever my managers decide is the best move, the best route to go down to get the world title which is the bigger picture.”
Those are lofty ambitions when you look at the reality of who he is likely to meet should he make the required progressive steps up the ladder. Satchell is ranked eighth by the WBO whose title is worn by Mexico’s Juan Fransisco Estrada (31-2, 22 KOs) and tenth by the WBC whose champion is the Nicaraguan Roman Gonzalez (41-0, 35 KOs). On paper alone the disparity in experience between those men and Satchell is vast, but he looks to continue to improve as he believes he has since the last time he met with Luke Wilton.
“I’m sure this will show me a lot. I feel I’ve progressed a lot since we fought. I’ve stepped up a level, I’ve had different types of opponents since then and I feel like I’ve come on loads. This’ll prove to me how much I’ve come on.”
Granted, his current level of opposition is not sufficient to adequately prepare Satchell for the global stage but with competition so thin in his neck of the woods down at the lower weights he is doing all he can to gain experience. And if he continues his current form along with Paul Butler and Kal Yafai, some big domestic fights for world honours could be happening in the UK in the very near future.