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Connor O'Neill

'To be honest' - Frankie Stringer makes Jakub Laskowski prediction and opens up on 2023 goal

Frankie Stringer has warned Jakub Laskowski that he is coming into Saturday’s fight on the back of the best camp he has ever had.

Stringer returns to the ring to take on Laskowski on the undercard of Lawrence Okolie's WBO cruiserweight title contest against David Light, at the AO Arena in Manchester.

As a former Tri Nations gold medalist and national champion, Stringer is used to performing under pressure, and he believes he is set to deliver the best display of his pro career so far this weekend.

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“Best camp I have had and it is the sharpest I have ever felt,” he told the ECHO ahead of the fight.

“The way I have been sparring and the way I have been training, I will look very good. This will be my best performance so far. This is the sharpest I have ever felt.

“What I have been doing is fighting, then having a week off, and then getting back in the gym for another camp. I’m in the gym 24/7 and I’m loving it.”

Not only is Stringer managed by Liam Smith, but he is also trained by Joe McNally at his Rotunda ABC base in Kirkdale.

McNally also trains Smith, Josh Taylor, Thomas Whittaker Hart, Caoimhin Agyarko, and JJ Metcalf, and is assisted by Declan O'Rourke - another former professional.

“It is flying and there is some atmosphere in the gym," he says of life at the Rotunda. "You have got Josh Taylor back in ahead of his big fight in June as well.

“I can’t get better. These are big shows for me to showcase my skills and this one is a six rounder so I am excited for this one.

“To be honest, I was meant to fight a six rounder on Beefy’s bill but I could only end up doing a four rounder. My aim is to just keep pushing on.”

Despite winning all four of his professional fights, Stringer is yet to secure a victory by knockout, but he believes that could change this weekend.

“Once I get the better opponents, who come and have a go and don’t just run, I will catch them and I will find the openings and then the stoppages will come,” he says.

“In my last fight I did look for it a bit too much. I was loading up and I wasn’t relaxed, but I am not going to go out looking for it, if it comes it comes.

“I am sure it will come if I can bring what I have been doing in the gym to the ring."

And when asked what his goal for this year is, Stringer replied: “The goal is just to stay active and try and get another five or six fights in. Just staying busy and learning my craft and getting better.”


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