Ricardo Franco has home town Gainsborough behind him!
A week on Saturday (NOVEMBER 16), Franco challenges bareknuckle boxing king Jimmy Sweeney for the world lightweight championship at London’s O2 Indigo Arena.
Gainsborough Trinity chairman Richard Kane has laid on a free bus for supporters making the trip and Franco reckons he will have 100 fans cheering him on.
The 26 year old: “Everyone around here seems to know about the fight and it feels as though I have the whole of Gainsborough behind me.
“It’s a long, long trip to London and for so many people to make the journey is more motivation for me.”
Franco says he’s been further fired up by recent developments.
Sweeney last week announced he plans to fight Tyler Goodjohn next March. The pair are currently the highest profile fighters on the bareknuckle circuit and have decided to forget their friendship for what would be a big fight.
Franco said: “They can fight in March if they want to, but it won’t be for Jimmy’s world title because I’m taking it off him.
“As soon as I heard they were planning to fight I thought it was a bit disrespectful. Jimmy is looking past me and that’s not good for him. He doesn’t know how tough this fight with me is going to be.
“Jimmy needs to take one step at a time. He’s got too comfortable, too confident, and that’s why he’s looking past me.
“It’s a mistake.”