Fight news: Buckland brothers, Maccarinelli, Evans and co to fight in Newport

Fight news: Buckland brothers, Maccarinelli, Evans and co to fight in Newport

Cardiff’s Mitchell Buckland (9-0, 2KO) will headline Warrior Boxing’s show at the Newport Centre on Saturday 10 October.

The light-welterweight will rematch Ally Black (5-1, 2KO) for the Celtic championship, following their non-title fight in July. Buckland prevailed on that occasion in Bournemouth, severely damaging Black’s nose, which obliged Marcus McDonnell to end the contest in the fourth round.

Buckland, 22, will bid to become a two-weight Celtic champion having beaten Craig Woodruff at the same venue in 2013 for the lightweight title. It will be the first time that the Welsh southpaw, trained by Tony Borg at St Joseph’s Boxing Club and managed by Brian Powell, will have fought in his home country in 17 months.

Older brother Gary ‘Dynamo’ Buckland (30-6, 10KO) is also due to appear on the same show, despite being scheduled to challenge Scott Cardle (18-0, 5KO) for the British lightweight title in Liverpool on 19 September – the 35th anniversary of Johnny Owen’s final fight, a world title challenge that resulted in his tragic death.

Swansea’s Enzo Maccarinelli (39-7, 31KO) will keep busy in a light-heavyweight contest, it will be the 35-year-old’s first fight in Wales for the first time since stopping Ovill McKenzie in 2013. The former WBO world, European, British and Commonwealth champion has only fought for 48 seconds since challenging Juergen Braehmer for the WBA world ‘Regular’ title over 16 months ago.

Earlier this month, Steve Goodwin won purse bids to stage a contest between St Clears’ Dale ‘Big Boy’ Evans (10-2-2, 3KO) and John O’Donnell (29-2, 11KO). The promoter plans to host it on 7 November at London’s York Hall but the Welshman will first take part in a routine keep busy bout in Newport. Evans, 23, will look to build the momentum he gained from beating Adil Anwar on away soil in June when he dropped the contender three times on the way to a decision win.

Maerdy’s Alex ‘Bad News’ Hughes (5-0, 3KO) will fight in Wales for the first time since one of the best debut’s in modern memory. The middleweight last fought in Wales when he stopped Mark Till at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena, going on to catch the eyes of many observers with more explosive showcases on BoxNation and Eurosport. In the 21-year-old’s last outing, he scored a stellar victory for a novice prospect when he overcame Sheffield’s vastly more experienced Wayne Reed, going the six round distance for the first time.

Gorslas’ light-welterweight Zack Davies (3-0) will box in his home country for the first time. The light-welterweight, who represented Wales at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, hasn’t lost a round since turning professional in February but only his travelling army of fans have been able to witness Davies’ excellent start to the paid code.

Davies, whose best weapon is a thudding left hook, trains alongside the aforementioned Evans and Hughes at Gary Lockett’s gym in Cardiff and is also signed to Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren. Newbridge’s Bradley ‘Sugar Sweet’ Pryce (35-20, 18KO) will fight in Wales for just the second time in the last four years.

The former Commonwealth light-middleweight champion, 34, has fought a whose who of British boxing but the veteran, who has recently set up his own gym, is expected to face a less known opponent in a routine outing.

Younger sibling Darren ‘The Punisher’ Pryce (0-9-1) will rematch Ricky Leach (0-4-1) in a battle of winless journeyman. The pair, both bantamweights, originally fought to an even draw at London’s York Hall in April and will attempt to record their first career wins.

Swansea’s James Todd (3-2-1) will also make a long awaited comeback. The 27-year-old was once part of Joe Calzaghe’s camp but left when the Hall of Fame entrant retired, heading across the globe to California where the light-middleweight suffered back-to-back defeats.

After nearly four years of inactivity, Todd returned under the radar and at short notice to beat light-heavyweight debutant Lee Boyce in 2013, despite being in the away corner of Liverpool’s Echo Arena. Todd has since signed with renown manager Gary Lockett and trains in his hometown.

Barry’s Alan Lamb was due to make his professional debut but the light-welterweight, a close friend of IBF world champion Lee Selby, has been forced to retire. Lamb, coached by Paul Evans in Caerphilly, suffered a severe eye injury in training and tore his retina in four places, meaning he’ll never pass a medical or be fit to compete again.

The 32-year-old veteran of the amateur code has been an honourable servant to boxing for 22 years, providing many memories as a boxer and also coaching at Barry East End Boxing Club. In 2013, Lamb produced his most memorable fight when he went to war with Pontypool’s Kieran Gething in the semi-finals of the Welsh Elite Championships, prevailing by a dramatic 34-32 scoreline.

Former Welsh Area light-middleweight champion Jerome ‘The Comeback Kid’ Samuels (5-7, 1KO) has also been forced to withdraw from the show. The Newport native, 22, suffered a torn bicep injury in his July bout with the undefeated Michael McKintosh. Samuels, who is in his second stint with trainer Richie Garner, notified BoxingWales.com that a shoulder injury hasn’t fully recovered and the son of former IBF Inter-Continental champion Paul Samuels will no longer face Gillingham’s Mick Mills (1-8, 1KO).

Cardiff’s cruiserweight Wayne Brooks (7-3-3, 4KO) will be back in action but super-bantamweight Kyle King (4-3), also from the capital city, is also unlikely to appear on the show as his British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) medicals are due for renewal.

Warrior Boxing’s promoter Mo Prior last promoted a show in Wales when Craig Kennedy took three rounds to dismiss late replacement Iain Jackson at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff in December 2013. Aside from Buckland-Black and Pryce-Leach, all fights on 10 October are yet to be finalised and made official by matchmaker Greg Steene. Tickets are available by calling: 07500869640.

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