FAST & FURIOUS FRIDAY PREVIEW

Paul Boyce continues his one man crusade to keep the best of the south-west active this Friday at Swansea’s Oceana nightclub with a five fight show to close a successful 2013. The co-headline act is Prizefighter champion Chris Jenkins (11-0, 5KO) who can’t afford to sleep on the dangerous journeyman Mark McKray (5-22-1, 4KO) in a keep busy bout to cap off his breakthrough year. Jenkins returns to his home city of Swansea where he hasn’t fought since March. In that time, the 25-year-old stormed through a Prizefighter tournament and the exposure live on Sky Sports earned him many plaudits as well as a spot on the undercard of a world title fight. There are plans for Jenkins to return to mainstream screens in the new year but he must stay disciplined against McKray, use his sharp skills and listen to Cwmgors ABC coaches Ronnie Morris and Jimmy Bloomfield. Fellow Cwmgors boxer, Leon ‘Lasha’ Findlay (4-3-1, 1KO) is in a well matched all-Swansea encounter against James Lilley  (6-3, 1KO) at light-middleweight. It will be Findlay’s first fight back since a second round stoppage loss to Lewis Rees for the Welsh welterweight title in May and although he’s stepping up a division, Findlay has shown he’s dangerous with the extra seven pounds of punching power from when he twice knocked down and defeated the unbeaten Darryn Bushbye. In May, Lilley returned from a four year break and he enjoyed two routine wins over journeymen but he’s done treading water and enters the bout with a new found energy for boxing. Both boxers have mixed records but they’ve both mixed with quality and ambitious opponents, credit to them for doing so again and giving fans value for money. Boyce is no stranger to handling heavyweights having guided the career of former British champion Scott Gamer and he now has the heavy handed Darren Morgan (6-4, 5KO) under his wing. Morgan, 31, returned from a five year break in September and flattened debutante Adel Badawy in a round but he has a tougher task on Friday, now facing 79 fight veteran Remigijus Ziausys who has only been stopped once, albeit at cruiserweight. 31-year-old lightweight Greg Pickin (4-0, 2KO) returns to the ring following an extended break over the summer. After two routine outings, Pickin found his power in his third and fourth bouts with stoppage wins but it came at the expense of what all boxers depend on most, his hands. Injuries have resulted in an extended absence but the fitness freak has kept busy and now comes back against the most active opponent in boxing, TBA. 21-year-old Tom Jones (1-0) completes the card. The super-featherweight made his debut in September with a points win over the ever reliable Ibrar Riyaz and next he has Kristian Laight, who is always in surprisingly good shape that defies the stereotype of a journeyman. A limited amount of tickets are still available.  Contact Paul Boyce Promotions on: 01639821110.

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