English champion Erick Ochieng is planning to put on a show at Alexandra Palace
By Adam Norman - Twitter @SkySportsNorm. Last Updated: 03/09/12 2:51pm
English champion Erick Ochieng is planning to put on a show when he defends his title at Alexandra Palace on Saturday.
Ochieng will make the second defence of the belt against Northolt's Ryan Toms, the current holder of the Southern Area title.
However, Kenya-born Ochieng is already looking at the bigger picture as he surveys the domestic landscape at light-middleweight.
"Hopefully I'll come out successful and look for some bigger fish to fry," he told Sky Sports. "Whoever has the titles, that's who I want to fight.
"Obviously Brian Rose has the British at the moment, Jimmy Cook's got the Commonwealth so each of those guys I'm coming for.
"Now I've got Sky behind me I've got to perform, look good and things will take care of themselves. Once people see you can fight, they want to see you again.
"I'm getting my name out there slowly but surely. As I keep saying I'm already world champion it's just a matter of time before people get to know it."
At 25, Ochieng still has his best years ahead of him but he admits he must be patient as he rises through the ranks.
"It's so far so good, I've had 11 fights and I hold the English title, so I'm happy with the progress that's taking place," he added. "As far as I'm concerned I'm overdue a shot at the British and Commonwealth titles, but I'm not in a rush, just enjoying every moment.
"I like to stay busy but we'll get this fight out of the way and try to make the right moves at the right time. I'm prepared, I've just got to stay focused and continue to work hard, and whoever I'm going to fight they are the one that has to be worried."
Ochieng is amongst Matchroom's burgeoning stable of young talent that will be on show at Ally Pally on Saturday night, and he is enjoying being part of the set-up.
"Matchroom are taking things to the next level and I'm excited to be a part of it. They are putting on great, great shows and are good to do business with. I feel proud and blessed to be a part of it."
Ochieng has been sparring with promising middleweight John Ryder (11-0), who puts his unbeaten record on the line on Saturday.
'The Gorilla' from Islington is another youngster benefiting from the extra exposure he is gaining under the Matchroom banner and the 24-year-old is looking forward to appearing in front of a 'home' crowd.
"It's a blessing, a dream come true," said Ryder, who is still awaiting the name of his opponent. "You dream of fighting on these big occasions, on the Carl Froch and Kell Brook undercards, and being at the Ally Pally is going to be no different.
"No-one wants to be inactive and this will be my 12th fight in two years, so I just want to keep busy and keep fighting regularly.
"Hopefully this will be for the English title, get that and make a few defences and go on from there.
"It's okay to box away and not have too many people supporting you, but it's nice to come back home and fight at the Alexandra Palace.
"It's not far from where I live so I'm hoping to have a good crowd there and it's just that little bit of extra incentive to do well."