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Paul Holt to challenge Bobby Jenkinson in Wolverhampton

Paul Holt has been handed the chance to follow in his father’s footsteps.

Twenty-five years ago, Mark Holt held the Midlands Area featherweight title – and Paul gets his shot at the belt on the ‘You Asked For It’ show at Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Saturday, June 6.

Promoter PJ Rowson revealed last night Des Bowater has had to pull out of his clash with Lincoln’s Bobby Jenkinson – and Holt has stepped in to take the 10-round fight.

The 24 year-old southpaw from Handsworth can become the first fighter from the Prospects Gym in Yardley to win a title – and dad Mark will be there to cheer him on.

Mark actually defended the Midlands Area title belt five days after Paul was born in 1990 with a four-round stoppage of Rocky Lawlor – and went on to teach him the boxing basics when he was a coach at Neachells Green ABC.

Paul said: “I’ve watched a few of dad’s videos and he was a good boxer who used his reach.

“I’m adapting my style and boxing a bit more like my dad.

“I’m trying not to get hit as much. It hurts too much !”

Holt says his father still helps him with “training tips and telling me what to eat” and added: “We are all boxers in my family.

“My uncle, granddad and dad all boxed and whenever we had family get togethers, all we ever talked about was boxing.

“It used to drive my mum mad !”

Mark won the Midlands title in just his fifth fight – and Paul gets his shot in his sixth.

He’s yet to go beyond four rounds, but insists: “I get stronger as the rounds go by” and says his day job will ensure he’s in top shape.

“I work as a removals man,” he said, “and that’s where the strength comes from.

“I’m carrying heavy things all day long.”

Manager – and ex-pro – Mark Wall says strength is just one of the advantages Holt takes into the fight .

Wall said: “Paul is a big featherweight and he’s busy. He’s got a great workrate.”

Jenkinson also likes to let his hands go and what’s sure to be an all-action fight could be the pick of the four Midlands Area-title clashes on promoter PJ Rowson’s show.

Jason Welborn defends his Midlands Area light-middleweight title against Ryan Aston in the big Black Country grudge fight, the vacant Midlands Area super-middleweight title is up for grabs when all-action Andrew Robinson and Prince Dave Davis clash and Luke Paddock defends his light-welterweight strap against Chris Truman.

Tickets are available from 0870-3207000.