English champion Andy Townend will still start slowly on the night of his biggest opportunity.

The 26-year-old from Cudworth maintains it is essential that he uses the first few rounds of any contest to figure out his opponent.

More often than not, once he's got his eye in, he takes his opponent out.

Super-featherweight Townend defends his title tomorrow night (Saturday) at the First Direct Arena in Leeds against West Bromwich's Lee Glover. It's a chance for Townend to impress and show off his dynamite power in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

He's racked up 13 professional victories and nine of them have come by way of stoppage.

Another such victory is being touted against Glover who has a record of won nine and lost two but mostly against modest opposition.

Townend recognises it as his big chance to impress but says he won't deviate from the plan instilled by trainers Stefy Bull and Ray Doyle. Townend said: "People say I start slow but I really just have a look in the first few rounds.

"It doesn't matter if I am behind on points in fights because I have got the equaliser of punch power.

"It's just natural and something I'm blessed with. You can put someone down twice in a round and claw back points and turn the fight in your favour. "I'm different in training because I'm not looking to fill somebody in.

"That's different on fight night and there is a very big difference between 18oz and 8oz gloves.

"When you have power, everything can change in the blink of an eye."

Townend, who knocked out Hull's Tommy Coyle as an amateur, will be taking about 300 fans to Leeds with him and wants to impress on the Matchroom Sports bill.

Townend added: "I'm feeling good and really excited about it now. "This is my reward for working hard but I've had good support from my sponsors Burrows Toyota (Barugh Green) and Oracle Vision.

"Just thinking about being on television is getting my blood pumping. I think it's something every young boxer dreams of doing. "Television is where the money is in boxing but it's also where the titles are."

Townend is on the undercard to Leeds favourite Josh Warrington, who has been sparring Barnsley's Jack Churchill in preparation for Aussie Joel Brunker. Former world title challengers Martin Murray and Tony Bellew are also on the bill.Townend's fight is scheduled to be the first on the live broadcast at approximately 8.10pm.

Meanwhile, Stairfoot's light-middleweight Matthew 'Buster' Mallin will fight for the first time in 18 months tomorrow. The 25-year-old travels to Motherwell to take on unbeaten southpaw Connor Law over four rounds.