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Stevie Spark ready to make a splash against Montana Love this Saturday

Stevie Spark (right) and Montana Love. Photo credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing

Big hitting junior welterweight Stevie ‘The Viking’ Spark 15-2 (14) has no fear about going into the lion’s den to face Montana ‘Too Pretty’ Love 18-0-1 (9) at the Rocket Mortgage Field House in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday night.

The 26-year-old Australian knocked out former world title challenger Apinun Khongsong in three rounds in his last fight in June. The only losses on his record came in his second pro fight against Baishanbo Nasiyiwula by majority decision in China and against WBO number one ranked junior middleweight contender Tim Tszyu when he jumped up two weight classes as short notice to replace Michael Zerafa. That fight he lost by TKO3.

“We have been after this opportunity for a very long time,” Spark told the B4 The Fight Boxing Show.

“We asked Eddie for this kind of magnitude of fight straight away. We are very excited that he is able to deliver this kind of fight. I am happy to be going into enemy territory and I will be bringing that belt back and world ranking back to Australia.

“We said to Eddie, ‘get us the best fight you can’ and this is what he has produced. We didn’t want to fight in Australia. We wanted to jump at the big opportunity straight away.

“We weighed up the opponents offered and we said yes pretty much straight away. This fight can put me in line for a world title next as well.”

Southpaw Love, 27, scored a breakthrough win with a seventh-round stoppage victory over former IBF 140-pound champion Ivan Baranchyk in August last year. He has fought twice since, stopping Carlos Diaz in three and scoring a close unanimous decision over Gabriel Gollaz Valenzuela in a bout that saw both combatants on the canvas.

The only blemish on his record is a split draw against Kenneth Sims Jr in July 2018.

Montana is ranked number six by the IBF and number 13 by the WBC.

“Montana Love has been touted as the next big thing and rightly so as he is a very talented fighter,” Spark said. “We will have to go over there and disrupt him. It will be a very hard night in the office for him. I believe I have the skills and the talent to beat this man.

“He is world rated for a reason but if you want to be a world champion these are the sort of guys you have to beat.”