Dragon Fire ready to roar at the Rhydycar

Dragon Fire ready to roar at the Rhydycar

Sanigar Events’ host ‘Dragon Fire’ at the Rhydycar Leisure Centre in Merthyr Tydfil on Friday and the seven fight show, their third in Wales in the space of seven months, could be their best of the year. In the official main event live on Eurosport (Sky Ch. 410), Dai ‘Dutters’ Davies (11-23-2, 2KO) returns to headline in his hometown for the second consecutive occasion and he will fight for the vacant British Masters featherweight title against Bristol’s Ashley Lane (5-4-2, 1KO). The Merthyr man was originally scheduled to defend his Welsh title against Ferndale’s Kris ‘Chuck’ Jones but the challenger came down with flu earlier this week and to their credit, Sanigar Events’ hastily rearranged a replacement title fight. Given that Lane has had less than a week to make weight, it’s understandable that the promoters have drafted in a natural bantamweight. Nonetheless, Lane’s hardly ever in a dull fight and despite having four defeats on his record, he’s rarely deterred and always applies pressure. With hopes of an eventual British title eliminator on the horizon for Davies, the 31-year-old can’t afford any slip ups and there will be extra pressure on his shoulders with hundreds of familiar faces expecting victory in the form of family, friends and fans. However, Davies thrived on the atmosphere when in the same situation in July, producing a career best performance to stop Robbie Turley. The veteran viewed his adoring home crowd as a privilege that had been missing almost his whole career and he’s grateful for the platform provided from Sanigar Events. It might just be falling in to place for Davies at the right time. The show’s most intriguing contest on paper will be fought between Cardiff’s Craig Kennedy (9-0, 5KO) and London’s Wadi Camacho (12-3, 8KO) at cruiserweight in an eight round contest. Seeing three Welsh title fights fall through over the last 11 months would be disheartening for any boxer but Kennedy’s kept focused and it was rewarded when Sanigar Events secured a severe step up in class. Camacho has mixed it with better calibre opponents than Kennedy but the Englishmen has done so with mixed success, suffering three defeats in his last nine outings, two of which have been stoppage losses. While 29-year-old Kennedy is yet to compete at domestic class, it doesn’t mean that he can’t and he’s yet to find out if this is his level. Both possess the similar qualities of power and counter-punching and it’s likely that the styles may clash, especially with Camacho being a southpaw but there’s just as much likelihood of an explosive encounter. It’s been a small period of frustration for Swansea’s Chris Jenkins (15-0, 7KO) who has seen two fights fall through in the space of five months. After winning the WBC International title earlier in the year, the light-welterweight’s momentum has been derailed after suffering an arm injury in July, just days before being scheduled to fight. Then,  the Rock N Rolla’s spirits were temporarily lifted when he recovered and agreed to face Liverpool’s unbeaten Olympian Tom Stalker, only for the Scouser’s handlers to pull him out of the British title eliminator three weeks before the fight. However, Jenkins’ typically shrewd manager Paul Boyce rearranged a new date, just a day before he would have fought Stalker. The Prizefighter champion will face Jacek Wylezol (10-3, 6KO) in a six rounder and it’s likely to be a routine win for Jenkins, defeat would be an unexpected disaster for the 26-year-old. It would be no surprise to see the Cwmgors Boxing Club member become the second man to stop Wylezol but if not, Jenkins will gain six valuable rounds of experience ahead of a mandated British title shot in the very near future. Reader’s eyebrows will be raised when they see that Aberdare’s Morgan Jones will make his professional debut against Swansea’s returning Chris Ware (4-0, 2KO), who hasn’t fought for almost two years due to hand injuries and a demanding work life. In a promising trade fight, the super-middleweights will take each other on over four rounds, just weeks since sparring each other at Jones’ new base of St Joseph’s Boxing Club in Newport. While Jones is slick and enjoys relying on his long range skills, Ware is a heavy handed come forward fighter – the pair couldn’t own more opposing styles and they could gel well on Friday. One time Welsh middleweight champion Barrie Jones (19-10, 7KO) will end over two years of inactivity in a four rounder against Staffordshire’s Marcus Le Doux (2-1). Still at middleweight, three weight categories above where Jones started his professional career, the 29-year-old will still have domestic title ambitions, having been unsuccessful in a British title bid against Kell Brook in 2008. The Ferndale southpaw has appeared to be on the edge of a journeyman mentality on a few occasions but with the structure of Sanigar Events behind him, Jones can be built back in to title contender again. Swansea’s Darren Morgan (7-5, 5KO), or ‘The Beast of Bonymaen’ as he’s affectionately known in Welsh boxing circles, fights Poland’s Mateusz Gatek (1-1). The bout will be fought over four rounds, a distance Morgan has been scheduled for in his last two fights but the heavyweight has needed less than two minutes to dispose of overmatched opponents. It would be no surprise to see Gatek go the same way, becoming a victim of his own initial ambition which Morgan can take advantage of with his assets in size and power. There have been easier debuts than that of Ameen Alkailany, the Cardiff based Iraqi welterweight who fights Newport’s crafty counterpuncher Adam Goldsmith (2-0). Although inactive, Sanigar managed Goldsmith has faced relatively stiff opposition in the early days of his professional career, picking up valuable experience which could well be the difference against Alkailany. Tickets for Sanigar Events’ ‘Dragon Fire’ are priced at £30 for unreserved seating, £50 for ringside seating and £65 for VIP table seating. For tickets call the Sanigar Events Box Office on 0117 949 6699. Doors open at 6:00pm and the first bell will sound at 6.30pm.

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