Samir Mouneimne 'ready to make big step up' on road to British featherweight title
ST Paul's coach Paul Kershaw has labelled the club's rising star Samir Mouneimne 'a coach's dream' ahead of the boxer's biggest test yet.
Kershaw admits his young charge is taking a major step up in class on Saturday night when he faces Scottish area champion David Savage at the Sports Arena in Hull.
The two will meet in a British featherweight title elimination match, with the winner moving on to a final eliminator before a shot at current champion Lee Selby.
Five days away from the biggest night of Mouneimne's 11-fight career, Kershaw says the 25-year-old is in perfect shape to stay on course for a British title.
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"Samir knows that this fight is his chance to shine and he's really stepped it up and responded to the challenge we've given him," Kershaw told the Mail.
"We have really pushed him in this camp but each time he's reacted well and has been a coach's dream. He's trained three times a day and shown the sort of dedication that is needed to go to the very top.
"Everyone in our camp is confident Samir will be British champion and if he trains with the sort of dedication we've seen then it will happen because he's got so much ability."
Fans will have the chance to see for themselves how sharp Mouneimne looks with the public invited to an open training session tomorrow at St Paul's.
The gym, located in Market Place, Hull city centre, will open its doors at 6pm for the public to watch for free as Mouneimne and fellow St Paul's boxers Zak Collins, Nathon Smith and Ricky Dudding are put through their paces ahead of Saturday's fights.
The show's American MC will also be on hand to introduce the boxers as they spar.
"This is a chance for us to let people who are coming to the show on Saturday see the guys finish off their training and get a close-up look of how well they are doing," added Kershaw.
"It gives the boys a boost and hopefully people will enjoy coming along and meeting the boxers and seeing them at work."
Meanwhile, St Paul's Jason Cunningham recorded the seventh win of his pro career on Saturday night with a points victory against Anwar Alfadli.
It is the third time in seven fights Cunningham has met Alfadli, with his planned opponent pulling out at the last minute.
The former ABA champion remains on course for a potential English title shot in February having successfully dropped from bantamweight to super-flyweight for Saturday's show.
ENTRANCE to tomorrow's training session at St Paul's is free, with tickets on sale now for Saturday's show at the Sports Arena.
Tickets are £30, £80 and £100 and are available by ringing 01925 755222