Scottish puncher John Docherty won’t be underestimating the dangerous Anthony Fox when they clash at Matchroom’s Fight Camp in Brentwood on Friday (August 14), but still expects to put on an explosive performance.

Many in the trade believe this is a potentially tough night for the touted Docherty. Fox (8-12-4, 0 KOs) has one of the most misleading records in boxing, having faced a staggering 19 unbeaten opponents. The Wiltshire man is currently riding a three-fight win-streak against former Commonwealth champion Luke Blackledge, Welsh Area champion Morgan Jones and the previously unbeaten Duane Sinclair. 

But the heavy-handed Docherty (8-0, 6 KOs) is brimming with confidence and believes he can become only the second man to stop the wily Fox. 

“Anthony Fox is just above journeyman level,” said Docherty. “I’m not going to say he’s great. I’m not going to say he’s not good. I’m here to do a job on him and knock him out. Me and [trainer] Tony [Sims] have been through our gameplan and we know what we’re going to do. We’re going to walk through Anthony Fox and look good doing it. 

“I’ve taken Anthony Fox seriously. He’s like a British champion to me. I’ve left everything in the gym. I know I’ve done everything right in this camp. Tony has been there pushing me on the whole way through. You’ll see on the night. I’ll be a completely different fighter. I’ll put on a top performance. 

“I would love to make a statement with a knockout. He’s on a good run of form and we all know how tough he is. He can box a bit, too. If he comes to fight me, I think I’ll knock him out very quickly. If he comes to box then he’ll survive for a bit and he might make it through a few rounds.”

Docherty-Fox will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US on Friday.

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