Finally getting the credit he deserves; Liverpool’s Craig Glover is ready to push on in his quest for titles. Here, the hard-hitting cruiser-weight speaks exclusively to SportPesa ahead of his upcoming fight at the M&S Bank Arena this Saturday night.
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Craig Glover’s impressive win over former amateur standout, Simon Vallily, last October was the type of performance that makes people pay attention. A novice vested boxer who was designed for the professional code, Glover, guided by former world champion, Tony Bellew, displayed a cold ruthlessness often spoken about in his beloved Liverpool. Possessing a reputation as a solid gym fighter, Glover demonstrated to the watching Sky Sports audience that he could turn it on when it matters most as he dominated Vallily in a one-sided drubbing that was finally halted in the eighth round. Speaking exclusively to SportPesa, Glover reveals his delight in finally showing people just what he’s capable of.
“The Vallily fight was one that I wanted for a long time,” declared Glover, enjoying a quiet moment away from what has been another gruelling training camp. “The progress I’ve been making through my career has been quite quick, but I have a good team behind me looking out for what’s best and when there was a chance the Vallily fight could be made, we all agreed that it was the right fight for me. Going into it I knew that if I performed to my best that there was no way that he could beat me. He’d only been beaten by Mairis Briedis before me, but I knew I had enough to get the job done. I’ve got big ambitions in boxing and to get them I had to be beating Vallily.”
With the Vallily crushing raising his profile significantly, Glover is now occupying a lofty position within the business end of the domestic cruiserweight scene. With Lawrence Okolie, the current ruler, expected to push on to world level in the near future, Glover is desperate to compete for the British and Commonwealth crowns that the London man is likely to leave behind. Coming from nowhere to explode onto the scene the way he did last autumn has brought plaudits from far and wide for the 27-year-old, but Glover insists that he’s only just getting started.
“I’ve had to work so hard for the opportunities I’ve had because I’m not a fighter who’s turned professional with Olympic medals or Team GB experience. I only had ten fights as an amateur and they were all pretty much at novice level. I’m thankful for having Anthony help me out, but I’ve still had to impress on the shows I’ve been on and get all my tickets sold. It’s not been easy in the slightest. The Vallily fight has put me where I want to be now and if there’s title opportunities out there then I want to be fighting for them. I’ve shown people what I can do, but there’s a lot more to come from me. Once I clean up in Britain, I want to test myself higher to see just how good I am.”