Central Area lightweight champion Jimmy First (14-0-0, 4KOs) makes his first appearance of 2023 on Saturday as he looks to defend against fellow undefeated fighter Josh Padley (9-0-0, 1KO) in Bradford.

First enters the bout on the back of a career-best victory over Cori Gibbs live on Sky Sports in December.

The Padley fight will mark a first defence of the Central Area title for Bradford’s First, 13 months on from his victory to claim the belt.

“It could be an absolute classic. Me and Brian Phillips had an absolute barnstormer of a ten-rounder. Me and Justin Mule had a cracker as well. It’s a Yorkshire derby, he’s got big aspirations. He’s sharp and a talented boxer, so it’s gonna make for an absolute cracker”, First told BBTV.

“But he’s not been past six, so let’s see how good a swimmer he is when I drag him into deep waters. But it’s gonna be great, I’m looking forward to it.”

First admits he doesn’t know what to expect from Padley but remains confident in his own ability to last the full ten-round distance.

“I think he might come and go for it early on, he might box and move, I’m not exactly too sure but I know I’ve got an absolute engine.

“I’m very tough so I just keep coming at you. Let’s just see how fit he is and how hungry he really is when it gets really hard into the seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth rounds, how’s he going to stand with it.”

Padley, from Doncaster, has won virtually every round since turning pro in 2019.

The 27 year old floored Mark Butler twice on the way to stopping the Brighton man in October and contests for his first major title this weekend against the 41 year old First.

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First spoke to BBTV ahead of his fight against Padley on Saturday night.

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