Luton boxer Linus Udofia says he’s delighted to be part of #saveourtown’s new Power in Paint project after a poster of the middleweight prospect was used to announce initiative.
The campaign group are working in conjunction with art collective, Little Red Creative Studios to transform the Power Court perimeter hoarding boards into Europe’s single, largest urban street art project.
Last week, the project was officially announced with a series of billboards posted at the site and #saveourtown supporter Linus – who is gearing up for an English title eliminator bout in March against Darren Codona – was invited down see an artistic rendering of him, facing oncoming traffic from Guildford Street.
He said: “Luton are on top, things are happening and the town is coming up. To seeing something like this is really humbling, to see all my hard work coming through and to see the support of my town.
“It’s just an honour to be showcased and supported by my town like this. It’s really nice.”
Power in Paint kicked into gear yesterday (Monday 25 February) when to huge murals were created on a stretch of highly-visible boards on St Mary’s Road, towards the Crawley Green Road roundabout.
Linus added: “It looks really good. It brings a lot of colour and it brings something different to the town and I don’t see how this can do anything but good.
“It has started off really well and it can only get better in my opinion and I’m just happy to be part of it. I love my town and I want to represent it in the right light by doing everything I can do to be something.”
The undefeated fighter has today (Tuesday 26 February) also been training with Luton Town Football Club, running injured Glen Rea through some sparring work to help him on his recovery. Linus also came face-to-face with Luke Berry, following a joke Twitter spat between the two when the boxer pointed out the midfielder’s similarities to former prospective opponent Tey Lynn-Jones, who he was supposed to face for the Southern Area belt before the Londoner pulled out injured for a second time.
The Hatters fan, who was an Ipswich Academy player before switching to boxing, said of the chance to visit Town’s Brache training headquarters: “That’s always something I’ve always dreamt of doing. I’d love to play for the Town but, right now they don’t need to drop points.”
Linus has previously revealed his dream of fighting at Kenilworth Road, which would be the first boxing match at the football stadium since Barry McGuigan beat Brazilian Francisco Tomas Da Cruz in 1988.
He believes it’s possible within the next two years, saying: “It’s something that is definitely going to happen. That’s my goal. That’s my plan. By 2020, I want to have fought at Kenilworth Road.”