Fight news: Kennedy’s title hunt, rescheduled Jones-Lilley bout, Arthur’s return and Brace’s debut set

Fight news: Kennedy’s title hunt, rescheduled Jones-Lilley bout, Arthur’s return and Brace’s debut set

Cardiff’s Craig ‘The Kid’ Kennedy (12-0, 6KO) will continue his quest towards a British title on 30 October.

The unbeaten cruiserweight will headline a Sanigar Events promotion at the Newport Centre on a stacked 10 fight show, which will be broadcast live on Eurosport.

Kennedy, 30, overcame Liverpool’s former Olympain Courtney Fry in his last contest, taking a Unanimous Decision to record the best win of his two year career.

Victory in the British title eliminator has put Kennedy in the picture for a ‘Final Eliminator’ but the Welshman’s next opponent is yet to be finalised.

In the Chief Support fight, Ferndale’s Barrie Jones (21-10, 8KO) will make a rescheduled defence of his Welsh Area light-middleweight title against Swansea’s James ‘Lights Out’ Lilley (7-5, 2KO), who was forced to withdraw from their June date just days before the bout due to a back injury.

The remaining features of the show are still yet to be matched and face the always active opponent, TBA [To Be Announced]. Jamie Arthur (18-6, 4KO), 2002 Commonwealth Games gold medallist and former Commonwealth super-bantamweight champion, will end three years of inactivity and return in the super-featherweight division in a six round contest.

The 35-year-old hasn’t fought since a controversial stoppage against then-British champion Scott Quigg, which followed a razor thin Split Decision points loss to Jason Booth.

Ebbw Vale’s 24-year-old Ashley Brace will make her professional debut in a four round bantamweight bout and become the only active professional female boxer in Wales. Last year, Brace beat Lysney Holdaway to win the Welsh Elite Championships final and the flyweight was set to go to the Commonwealth Games.

However, Brace wasn’t taken to Glasgow, Scotland by the Welsh Amateur Boxing Association [WABA] due to her previous involvement in kickboxing, something Brace denies and she still disagrees with the decision, which prompted her to seek legal advice.

Welsh and Celtic super-bantamweight champion Robbie Turley (15-5, 3KO) of Cefn Fforest will keep busy with a six rounder as he awaits a British title challenge. The St Joseph’s Boxing Club switch-hitter shone with his best ever performance in an eliminator against Jamie Speight in December and now hopes to face Liverpool’s belt holder, James ‘Jazza’ Dickens (20-1, 6KO).

Light-heavyweights Nathan Thorley (2-0, 1KO) and Jermaine Asare (2-0), who both won bronze medals for Wales at the 2014 and 2010 Commonwealth Games respectively, will make their third professional outings in four rounders, so will Bridgend’s welterweight Richie Canning (2-0).

Nantymoel’s skilful cruiserweight Danni Griffiths (6-1), who has recently become a father for the first time, and Pontypridd’s improving Kyle Jones (3-0), both trained by Tony Borg, complete the card in four round fights.

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