The fighting town of Merthyr Tydfil will host the latest Sanigar Events card on Saturday 14th October. Entitled “Land Of the Dragons”, the show originally was headlined by a fascinating contest between Gavin Gwynne and Henry Janes for the Lightweight championship Of Wales. Unfortunately an injury to Janes curtailed this encounter, but the well supported Gwynne still marks time in front of his home crowd, as he takes on grizzled journeyman Fonz Alexander. Gwynne’s career is quickly building momentum and the Treharris stylist looks to build on his perfect record of 6 wins from 6 contests. Alexander is certainly no pushover though, as he proved, when knocking out Barry debutant JD Jones. Gwynne’s fight with Janes is set to be scheduled for December time, providing he turns back the challenge of Alexander
Another fighter who has showed steady improvement in his fledging pro career is Cardiff Light Heavyweight Nathan Thorley (7-0). Coming off two impressive stoppage victories including the dismantling of tough Harry Matthews, Thorley is showing he has added power to his already undoubted boxing ability. Nathan puts down his improvement to working with ex pro and now top trainer Chris Davies. The future of domestic rival Jermaine Asare seems unclear at present so Thorley marks time in Merthyr against an opponent to be confirmed.
Swansea ticket seller kristian Touze also features on the undercard. Last time out Touze outpointed Spaniard Victor Villanueva on the big Cardiff Motorpoint show back in May. The only slight setback in an otherwise faultless pro career was a debated draw with Dean Evans. Touze will have the opportunity to display his excellent technical boxing skills against road warrior and veteran of 57 bouts Joe Beeden.
There is also an appearance from ex world class amateur Fred Evans. An olympic silver medalist, super welterweight southpaw Evans has had a stop start to his pro career. He did as he pleased back in May schooling Najim Fennane, and will surely get the opportunity to bank more rounds in Merthyr, as the opponent on the night will be centurion William Warburton. A regular visitor to Wales, Warburton always comes to fight and has given welsh prospects such as JJ Eevans, Keriran Gething and Mano Lee all they can handle. Evans, trained by master trainer Tony Borg and his team at St Josephs gym in Newport, fought all the best amateurs around and will certainly be looking to do the same in the paid ranks.
One of the most impressive Debuts seen live in recent times, certainly by this writer, was the performance of Caerphilly’s Callum Busuttil. The Jamie Arthur trained lightweight showed skills befitting of a fighter with far more experience as he thoroughly dominated his opponent. Busuttil’s aggressive fan friendly style impressed many that night and he will have a chance to showcase his ability once again on the Land Of Dragons show. Busuttil’s opponent for the night will be a veteran of 41 paid contests from Gloucestershire, Harvey Hemsley.
Ricky Rowlands, is looking to get back to winning ways after tasting defeat in the second of his two Paid contests to date. Superb Amateur Rowlands breezed through his debut against Paul Cummings but found Londons Paul Samuels a much tougher nut to crack. Despite dropping a points decision Rowlands showed plenty of heart and toughness to hear the final bell and has promised he will learn and be a better fighter after this early career setback. Fighting out of the opposing corner will be London based Italian Victor Edagha. Despite Edagha not yet winning a fight, hes certainly not a man to be underestimated as he has been travelling the country, learning his trade the hard way.
All in all the “Land of Dragons” event is not a show to be missed. Tickets can be brought from all the fighters via social media. Please support Welsh boxing and our current crop of future stars
By Michael Ward