Warrior Promotions, looks to hit the ground running with an eight fight card on the 10th March, entitled “Hands of Steel” Ebbw Vale leisure Centre. A fantastic venue for boxing will see some of the very best Wales has to offer, with all eight of the home fighters at different stages of their professional careers. A man very much at the start of what is predicted to be a long and successful career is Pontllanfraith Light Heavyweight Kody Davies.
Breezing through his two fights to date, Davies has proven that he can certainly punch, as Andrejs Tolsthis will certainly attest to .The Latvian at one point found himself having to climb back into the ring following a succession of heavy blows from Davies back in October. Tough centurion Remegijus Ziausys proved more durable last time out Pontypool for Davies ,with the Welshman sensibly boxing to a clear 40-36 points win. The public certainly seem to have warmed to the Gavin Rees trained Light heavy, so expect ticket seller Davies to have a large following in attendance, all hoping he can move to 3-0.
At 37 and following a superb yet unsuccessful challenge to Middleweight prospect Joe Mullender, Lee Curcher would have been forgiven for contemplating his future in the sport. The Newport man believes he has more to offer and will face Journeyman Paul Cummings in Ebbw Vale, a man whose previous visit to Wales saw him lose on points to Ricky Rowlands.
A fighter, this writer is certainly looking forward to watching again is Rhoose lightweight Lance Cooksey. Racing to 4-0 as a pro in a relative short space of time is in itself an impressive achievement, yet it is the way Cooksey has dealt with noted survivors, such as Joe Beeden and Fonz Alexander last time out that has really caught the eye.
Looking like a veteran of many more contests, Cooksey uses excellent skills learnt as an amateur and incredible fitness levels to make his opponents very uncomfortable indeed. Liam Richards of Wiltshire, a man who has only been stopped in one out of his 57 contests will be attempting to prevent Cooksey moving to 5-0.
A routine points victory over Darryl Sharp back in October gave Talented Tony Borg trained Southpaw Mitch Buckland some much needed rounds in the bank and the chance to shake off some ring rust. Despite turning professional in 2012 and holding a perfect 12-0 record, Buckland has seen his career slightly lose a bit of momentum due to periods of inactivity. Having collected Celtic titles at two different weights and still only 23 years old, Buckland will be hoping 2018 will be his breakthrough year in the sport. The man in the opposing corner certainly demands respect though. Robert studzinski is better then his 4-37 record suggests and will come to Ebbw Vale looking to push Buckland all the way.
Ricky Rowlands has already proven he can overcome adversity in the professional ring. Top class amateur Rowlands ,despite showing tremendous heart went down on points to tough Londoner Richard Samuels in his second pro contest. Rowlands responded by working even harder in the gym with coach Jamie Arthur and picked up a confidence boosting win over Jordan Grannum in his last fight. Rowlands has expressed his desire to challenge for titles and an impressive win over an opponent to be announced will certainly help his cause.
Two more of our recent amateur standouts will both take part in their second professional contests in Ebbw Vale after impressing on their debuts. Jake Anthony still only 19 certainly didnt have it his own way against experienced Victor Edagha. He will have learnt plenty and will look to stay as active as possible as he looks to make waves in a talented domestic Middleweight division.
Maredudd Thomas, trained by Gary Lockett meanwhile found his debut a little more straightforward as he displayed his skills to win every round against Geiboord Omier. Thomas seems to have made an effortless transition from a leading amateur to the professional ranks, certainly benefiting of course from Lockett’s knowledge and sparring with the likes of Chris Jenkins and Liam Williams. This time next year Thomas could well have claimed a title or two.
A professional debut is of course a huge occasion for any young prospect. The Hands of steel show will be the first time touted featherweight David White Jnr enters the ring as a professional fighter. After deciding to leave the amateur code quite a while ago , White will be chomping at the bit to show what he can do and will proudly be
following in his fathers footsteps by fighting for pay. White promises to bring plenty of supporters so expect plenty of noise at what promises to be a superb night of boxing. Tickets are still available for this stacked card of professional boxing.
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By Michael Ward