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Luke Caci will undertake his first six-rounder next time around and is looking to make the most of the extra time.

Unbeaten Caci is targeting an eighth win from eight pro contests for the next time that he steps through the ropes.

Seven points victories have come his way so far, in two years since turning over. He features on BCB Promotions’ show at King’s Hall, in Stoke-on-Trent, on Friday June 21.

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The Orme Boxing Club graduate, who is from Newcastle-under-Lyme, is still planning to drop down a division to super middleweight.

His last outing was at light heavy and under the King’s Hall lights, where he outpointed Raimonds Sniedze after a shaky opening to the contest.

Caci dropped the first round and a share of another to the Latvian, but still came out on top with a result scored 39-38 by referee Chris Dean.

The 29-year-old is expecting a different scenario when he laces on the gloves again, although he has gone past six rounds before.

He won the eight-round British Challenge title last year, where he survived a late gut check to beat Chris Dutton on points.

It was a comfortable win, in the end, with referee Shaun Messer again officiating and having him well ahead by four rounds, in a 78-74 decision.

Both of those bouts came at the happy hunting ground of King’s Hall, where Caci has recorded three straight victories.

He said: “Camp has been brilliant, the training has been spot on and I’m feeling great. It’s reasonably close to my last fight, so I’ve just stayed in the gym.

“It’s good to pick up where you left off and this is my first six-rounder, so I’m looking forward to it. I’ve done four and eight rounds, but never six.

“I did well over eight but, all of a sudden, I felt tired over the last few rounds. I was fine for six, though, so that’s a good omen.

“I can be a bit of a slow starter but, hopefully, I’ll just relax and get into this, because I’ve got a bit more time to play with.

“I definitely lost the first round last time and, when you do that in a four-rounder, you’re giving a quarter of the fight away.

“He came to have a go, to be fair to him, but I certainly felt like I was in control for the second half of the fight and by the end.

“I’ve been busier this year, I only got out twice in 2018 so I’ve already matched that. It’s my target to be 10-0 by the end of the year.

“I’ll be ready when the right opportunity comes along, I’m always fit, just in case something comes up. I’d fight anyone as an amateur and I will as a pro.

“I don’t over-think things, I have my own plan that I stick to and I’m only really concentrating on myself, but I am ambitious.”

The main event at King’s Hall will see hometown hero Nathan Heaney, from Stoke, collide with Tom Stokes for the vacant Midlands middleweight title.

Heaney puts up his unbeaten record after racing to 6-0, with two TKOs, and hasn’t even lost a round as a pro so far.

Tom Stokes has previously challenged for the area crown at middleweight. The 24-year-old, from West Bromwich, is on the back of a win.

Stokes beat Chris Blaney, one of Ricky Hatton’s proteges, on points when they were a part of the BCB show at the Deco in Northampton.

Pro fight No 13 certainly wasn’t unlucky for Stokes, who improved his ledger to 11 victories with three in a row since back-to-back losses.

Former Midlands welterweight champion Rob Hunt hails from Stafford and will be undertaking his 33rd bout, at 33 years old.

Hunt, who has been a pro for 13 years, recorded his 25th and last victory under the King’s Hall lights, outpointing Ryan ‘Stewart’ Davies for British Challenge honours.

Swadlincote’s Connor Parker and Telford’s Liam Davies complete the card.

Tickets, priced at £35 standard or £65 VIP ringside with a buffet and waitress service, are on sale now. It will be £40 for entry on the door. For more information, contact the boxers.

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