Ball looking for breakout performance on big platform

In a packed welterweight division, an unbeaten Queensbury fighter is aiming to put on a show on Friday night and to put his name into the mix for big fights. Unbeaten midlands fighter Danny Ball (9-0-1 KO 4) will go up against fellow unbeaten prospect Sam Gilley (11-0 KO 5) live on BT Sport.

Ball conceded that both himself and Gilley were similar in styles but he’s looking forward to being back in the ring.

“I think we’re very similar in styles. I’ve just got to be cuter on the night and show what I’ve been working on for the past 16 months since I last boxed, I want to show what I’ve been working on and improving.”

Ball is in a confident mood heading into the clash.

“I’m really confident in winning the fight, even whether it goes to points, but I think I can take him out in the middle rounds.”

Gilley stepped up to the plate after contract negotiations broke between Ball and another fighter.

“I haven’t watched anything of him, I leave that down to my coaches and I have full belief and confidence in my coaches, so I leave that to them. I was scheduled to fight James Moorcroft and he pulled out of contract agreements and so Sam Gilley stepped up because he wants the chance on the big platform.”

The 23-year-old cuts a cool figure and doesn’t feel nerves will have a factor in his biggest fight to date.

“There’s always nerves there, it’s just about how you deal with them. I take it in my stride, I take everything in my stride. There are no fans so you don’t have the nerves of walking out to a big crowd, but yeah I’ll be fine with it.”

With no fans being present Ball is expecting a strange but calm atmosphere.

“I’m not too sure I don’t think having no fans will bother me too much, I know a few lads who’ve boxed with no fans and it didn’t really bother them. It’s different obviously because you can hear your corner and people around ringside, so yeah it’s something new and hopefully we won’t have to do it again.”

With small hall shows failing to return to the UK boxing scene, Ball has seen many fighters leave the sport.

“It’s put a big dent in it, and you’ve seen a lot of road warriors walk away from the sport and a lot of people have walked away due to covid because they don’t know what’s happening or when small hall shows will be back. It’s been a hard time so it will be good when we can back to some normality and get everything back because small hall shows are what make the big shows.”

Danny upset the odds in his last contest, back in October 2019, when he travelled to Ellesmere Port to stop local

lad Mason Cartwright in three rounds.

“It was good because he did a bit of trash talking towards me as well. I think he thought he’d won the fight before we even got in there. He had 400 fans in there when we fought, I think he really put it out there thinking he’d already won it so to stop him in the third, it meant a lot.”

Despite a career best performance and an upset win to boot, Ball wasn’t overly pleased with his performance.

“I’d probably rate the performance a six out of ten. I would have liked to started sharper in the first but when I got going in there look what happened, I took him out in the third.”

After the Cartwright victory whispers came that Ball would sign with Frank Warren and those whispers eventually became reality.