Les ‘Lock and Load’ Sherrington to fight Sam Soliman

IT’S ON: Les Sherrington is looking to take out Sam Soliman next month.
IT’S ON: Les Sherrington is looking to take out Sam Soliman next month. Kevin Farmer

TOOWOOMBA-trained fighter Les "Lock and Load" Sherrington has vowed to take his career to the next level when he meets Sam "King" Soliman in Melbourne next month.

Sherrington was speaking at Burke and Wills Hotel yesterday where he took part with his trainer Brendon Smith in a cross-over press conference with Soliman in Melbourne.

The pair will meet for the WBA Pan Asia Boxing Association's interim middleweight title on December 11.

The bout carries a top-10 world ranking for the winner.

Sherrington and Soliman are both on impressive winning streaks.

Sherrington is on an eight-bout winning roll while 39-year-old Soliman hasn't tasted defeat in the last five years.

Both men exchanged respectful jabs yesterday with Soliman declaring he expects to stop the fight in the eighth or ninth round.

Sherrington retorted there is more chance of him ending the fight in the closing rounds rather than the other way around.

"This will be one of the biggest fights Australia has seen," Sherrington predicted.

"I thank Sam for the fight and I can't wait for this opportunity.

"Sam is saying how hard he is training but my training has been going unbelievable.

"I'll be in better shape than him and I'm going to come up trumps on the night."

Smith said Sherrington is ready to grab the career break against Soliman he has worked long and hard for.

"For the last six months we've felt ready for a big fight," Smith said.

"We feel the time is right for us now."

Soliman said three weeks sparring with five-time world champion Shane Mosely during the American's on-off and back on fight with Anthony Mundine has sharpened his motivation and form.

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