Undeterred 22nd July-Swansea LC2 Arena

Undeterred 22nd July-Swansea LC2 Arena

The hottest prospects in Welsh professional boxing get one more chance before the end of the season to showcase their abilities.Mark Prior on behalf of British Warrior Boxing Promotions gives us a 9 bout show, entitled Undeterred taking place on the 22nd July at the LC2 Arena in Swansea. Unfortunately Kristian Touze, Alex Hughes and Chris Jenkins were forced to pull out but we are still left with a stacked card featuring contests from Light flyweight through to light Heavyweight. The lightest man taking part will be The extremely gifted Commonwealth Flyweight champion Jay Harris.Harris took his perfect record to 10-0 following a career best  performance against tough African Thomas Essomba. The unanimous points victory at The esteemed York Hall in Bethnal Green earn’t the Swansea Flyweight the commonwealth crown and shot him up the rankings of a  division that is packed full of talent at international level., Jay ticks over on his home show in a six rounder against an opponent to be announced.Expect big things from Jay Harris in the latter part of 2017 and in 2018.

On the last British Warrior Promotions show in Swansea most in attendance standout performer of the night was Pontyberems Zack Davies.The former elite amateur and holder ofa 8-1 ledger as a pro, showed superb combination punching combined with silky defensive skills to comfortably outscore Kilamarsh iron man Lee Connolly. Davies showedhis full repertoire of skills applying constant pressure but also boxing on the outside to nullify a man in Connolly who is a handful for any opponent at the weight.Davies is knocking on the door of title opportunities that will surely be delivered very soon.For now though he appears on this show in a Super lightweight 6 rounder against Gloucester trier Andy Harris.    Harris doesn’t win many but has a wealth ofexperience to draw upon and only the very best at the weight such as Ohara Davies and Luke Campbell have managed to prevent him from hearing the final bell.Harris has extended Welsh prospects Gavin Gwynn and Callum Busuttil in recent months and certainly doesn’t come withthe intention of an easy pay day. This Should result in some good rounds for Zack Davies  then ,with surely the next step being a crack at   the Welsh title at the very least. Certainly one of the most Assured Debut performances this writer has witnessed recently was Lance Cookseys 6 round shutout against the game Michael Mooney. Cooksey displayed skills very rarely witnessed in the early stages of a young professional career.Superb shot selection and footwork developed in a standout amateur career and improved even further from working with esteemed professional trainer Tony Borg was the order of the day, as Mooney found himself in very deep waters. It was a credit to the Worcester journeyman’s toughness that he made it through the six rounds as Cookseys attacks were relentless. Lance appears again in Swansea hoping to make it 2 wins from 2 contests as he is matched against Braintree Welterweight Dylan Draper, a man that has suffered 2 points defeats from his 2 Professional fights to date.

A man certainly not wasting anytime in building up his pro record is popular Port Talbot middleweight Geraint Goodridge.  The Jamie Arthur trained Goodridge took a calculated risk by taking a fight with very little fanfare in From last month.The delighted Welshman made it two wins from two as he outpointed fellow unbeaten fighter Nathan Halton. The short notice triumph added to Goodridges win on his professional debut, which occurred on the last British Warrior Promotions show against tall awkward Southpaw Jacob Lucas. Geraints team are bringing in opponents that offer something a little different each time as the fighter in the red corner will be a man with a wealth of experience .The well travelled Lewis Van Poetsch has been a pro since 2012 and has 54 contests on his record. Van Poetsch usually loses on points but certainly knows his way around the ring so Goodridge, who is bound to bring plenty of support needs to keep his concentration throughout.

After a testing start to his professional career, Keiran Gething finally got his first win and did so in style, ruthlessly battering and stopping Wiltshire man Rob Brown inside schedule back in May. A controversial loss to hometown fighter Aaron Sutton and draw with centurion Kevin MCcauley did not deter the man from pontypool who responded brilliantly on the last Warrior Promotions show in Swansea. Gething set up his attacks nicely, keeping his composure well when it was clear Brown was there for the taking.At the LC2 arena Gething will face William Warburton a man who has earn’t the respect and admiration of everyone in the trade.Warburton has a record of 23-118-9 and always comes to fight regularly giving a young prospect a valuable lesson. This is a fascinating fight and will be a huge test from Gething who certainly has the skills to make it far in the pro game. More of the the excellent boxing he displayed last time out will be needed against the teak tough Warburton.
After over a year out,Newports Lee Churcher will be making a more then welcome return to a welsh prizefighting ring. The always entertaining middleweight was building plenty of momentum back in 2012 following a Welsh middleweight title win against quality operator Barrie Jones. Unfortunately Lee has suffered sustained periods of inactivity and only has a points win over Andrejs Loginov and a KO victory over Balazs Horvath since the victory over Jones. The Horvath win earned Churcher the WBF intercontinental title and the Newport man will undoubtedly be looking to Stay active while aiming for more title belts.  Opposing Lee in Swansea will be Lancashires Darryl Sharp who despite holding an unflattering record of 5-18 has never been stopped as a professional and has actually held the central area title at the weight .Hes clearly capable of springing an upset as well as being very durable. Churcher I’m sure will be counting down the hours until he gets the opportunity to return to what he does best.This contest is scheduled for 6 rounds.

Also making a welcome return after even longer out is Swanseas own Ricky Owen. Ricky’s last fight came way back in 2011 when he outpointed Dougie Curran over six rounds at Featherweight. The local Southpaw holds a perfect 15-0 record which includes wins over fellow Welshmen Jamie Arthur  and Dai Davies. The popular Owen has his fans eagerly anticipating his ring return and hopes to have one more go at claiming a title that his immense ability certainly deserves. Owen will be looking to shed off some ring rust in a scheduled 4 rounder at around the 10 stone mark. A good performance from him will certainly see a possible title shot coming to Swansea in the new season.

Unfortunately injury prevented Robert Studzinski making an appearance on Warrior Promotions previous Swansea show.The Pole  based in Llanelli and  with newmanagement is looking to get some wins on his record that currently reads a deceiving 3-35. Sudzinski has more often then not been the away fighter which is something his opponent can very much relate to.Richard Harrison fromChessingham in Surrey has been incredibly busy since turning Professional less then 2 years ago, already managing 24 contests yet only winning 2 of them. This 4 round contest at light heavyweight will be keenly contested by both fighters who will definitely fancy their chances in Swansea.

Finishing off the stacked card is home town favourite Mano”lightning” Lee. Since hooking up with Gary Lockett Lee has taken his boxing to the next level.This writer wasringside as Lee ruthlessly took apart Geiboord Omier and earn’t himself a 4th round TKO victory in front of his growing army of supporters. Mano has always been tipped for big things and two early losses to William Warburton seem to have been well and truly filed away as nothingmore then learning curves.  Having the unenviable task of facing Lee in front of a partisan crowd will be Londons Jordan Grannum. The “Brown Eagle” has a record of 2 wins and 3 losses from 5 contests. One of his wins came on points against the aforementioned William Warburton so this will be a good test to see how far  Lee as come after his early career setbacks.

So there you have it,Mark Prior for Warrior promotions serve up another Stacked card displaying what great health Welsh boxing is at the moment.Please show your support for our local boxing talent by purchasing a ticket from the fighters themselves via social media.

By Michael Ward 

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