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2014-04-10T12:00:00 Updated 2015-02-18T22:10:17

Hammers set for title fights

Despite West Ham United not being in action this weekend, Hammers' fans could still have plenty to celebrate come Saturday night when boxers Tony Conquest and Mitchell Smith do battle in their respective title fights at the Copper Box.

Smith, nicknamed 'The Baby-Faced Assassin', is unbeaten in his eight professional fights so far and will look to extend that record when he comes up against Peter Cope for the vacant English Super-Featherweight title.

The 21-year-old has already earned a reputation as an exciting and talented fighter, and the Harrow Weald-born boxer is hoping that he won't have to wait too long to present a British title to the Boleyn Ground crowd.

He told West Ham TV: "My face has been seen round here quite a lot recently and I'm starting to gather a bit of a following from West Ham fans. I'm very grateful for all the support that I'm getting from the lads down here.

"It is a step-up. I said at the start of the year that I wanted to have a big year. I went out and beat the undefeated Welsh champion in my last fight, but this is another step-up in class, another undefeated fighter for the English title and hopefully I can go on and win that.

"Like I said, before the end of the year I want a British title and hopefully I'll be back with a British title to present on the pitch."

The other Hammer in action on Saturday night is Tony 'The Conqueror' Conquest, who will be hoping to defeat Ovill McKenzie and retain his Commonwealth Cruiserweight title.

The 29-year-old hails from east London and will be counting on the support of his own Claret and Blue army when he takes to the ring.

"I'm a Romford lad through and through as I grew up there. All my mates support West Ham, they're my team.

"I've always supported West Ham. As a kid I always had a West Ham kit on when I played football and my mum's cousin actually played for West Ham - Tony Gale- so there's a bit of a link there."

Conquest also claimed that he is fighting fit and is now eager to get down to business on Saturday night.

"I'm just tidying a few things up, a bit of speed work, a bit of sharpness, a few rounds of sparring with certain fighters and I'm just waiting now.  I've got a good opponent but I'm fit and ready to go for my first defence of the Commonwealth title. I just want to get in the ring now and get it done."

The waiting is almost over for the two fighters, who will be strutting their stuff within a stone's throw of West Ham's future home, the Olympic Stadium - a fact which has served to inspire Smith.

"It's nice and a great bit of history that I was the first ever person to win a boxing title at the Copper Box," enthused Smith. "Obviously West Ham are moving to the Olympic Park in a couple of seasons in 2016 and I would like to box at the Boleyn Ground before we have to move. If I don't, hopefully we'll get on the pitch at the Olympic Stadium.

"I'd love to box at the Boleyn Ground because there's a lot of history behind it and it would be a dream come true to get on the pitch and box there. Fingers crossed they'll sort out a fight on here and hopefully I can get on it."

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