Kennedy and Fry share tense weigh-in

Kennedy and Fry share tense weigh-in

This evening, Craig Kennedy (11-0, 6KO) and Courtney Fry (19-6, 6KO) met face-to-face for the first time, facing off at the Newport Centre to weigh-in for tomorrow’s ten round British title eliminator. Craig KennedyKennedy, taking part in just his second championship weigh-in, tipped the scales at 13st 13lbs 3oz and Fry, who previously competed in the light-heavyweight division, was 14st 1lbs 8oz. The pair then began a tense stare off and muttered warning’s to each other, Fry beginning with ‘are you ready?’, before former British champion Steve ‘Sammy’ Sims separated them. The cruiserweights will return to the Newport Centre tomorrow and meet in the ring at approximately 9:30pm. The first bell of the nine fight show is set to sound at 6:30pm. Tickets will be available on the door but viewers at home will be unable to watch the show, which was previously scheduled to be shown on Matchroom Sport’s ‘Fight Pass’, an online subscription based streaming service due to the technical limitations of the venue. It will instead be shown on Made In Cardiff (Sky Ch. 134) next week. On Wednesday, the show took a another blow when a back injury forced James Lilley (7-5, 2KO) to withdraw from his challenge to Welsh Area light-middleweight champion Barrie Jones (21-10, 8KO). A replacement couldn’t be arranged and the Ferndale’s Jones will no longer appear on the show. Gary BucklandHowever, Cardiff’s former British champion Gary ‘Dynamo’ Buckland (29-6, 9KO) will make his comeback in an eight round fight to boost the card. The 29-year-old, who spent last year competing at lightweight, faces George Gachechiladze (17-18-1, 10KO), a Georgian journeyman who has competed as low as bantamweight. Both boxers also had a day before weigh-in, Buckland coming in at 9st 7lbs and Gachechiladze, who wouldn’t face off with Buckland, at 9st 6lbs. It will be Buckland first fight since December when he controversially lost to eventual Prizefighter winner Jono Carroll at the semi-final stage of the three-round formatted competition and he hopes that a win will set up another title shot. The remaining weigh-in took place in the welterweight division where Bridgend’s Richie Canning (1-0) and Cardiff’s Ameen Alkailany (0-2) meet in a potentially tasty four round fight. In March, the pair appeared on the same show but with vastly different results. Canning [10st 8lbs], who trains alongside the aforementioned Darch, excelled on his debut and produced clever counter punching to remain a step ahead of Danny Donchev. However, Alkailany’s [10st 9lbs] venture to light-middleweight was abruptly ended by James Lilley in less than a round. Despite a very brief solid start as he loaded up with power punches, Alkailany was caught cold and never allowed to recover by his more experienced opponent. St Joseph’s Boxing Club’s Robbie Turley (14-5, 2KO) spearheads the rest of the show as he also returns with a keep busy six round bout. The switch hitting super-bantamweight will face Latvian import Dmitrijs Gutmans (2-5, 2KO) as he waits for a shot at British champion James ‘Jazza’ Dickens, following a dominant points victory over Southern Area champion Jamie Speight in an eliminator in December. Cefn Fforest’s Turley, who still holds the Welsh Area and Celtic belts, had been set for a shot at former two-time WBA world champion Anselmo Moreno in March, only for it to fall through at the last minute. Pontypridd’s Jermaine Asare (1-0) will finally make his second appearance as a professional, nearly two years after making his debut. The light-heavyweight, who claimed a bronze medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India, will face Staffordshire’s game Chris Nixon (4-3, 1KO) in a four rounder. Despite the inactivity, the 31-year-old has stayed in the gym with Darren Wilson throughout his absence and regularly spars former world champion Nathan Cleverly. Elsewhere on the show, another light-heavyweight who claimed a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games will also make his second appearance as a professional. Cardiff’s hard hitting Nathan ‘Thunder’ Thorley (1-0, 1KO), who claimed his at Glasgow 2014, made his debut in March with a first round knockout but an opponent for his four-round fight tomorrow is yet to be announced. Aberdare’s Morgan ‘Sexual Chocolate’ Jones (2-0, 1KO), who twice beat Thorley in the final of Welsh Elite Championships, faces Southampton’s uncompromising Mark Till (2-14-1) over four rounds. The visitor has fought in Wales once before, suffering a fourth round stoppage to Maerdy’s Alex Hughes. Jones, who trains at St Joseph’s Boxing Club, has settled in the super-middleweight division since making his debut in October. That night, Jones dropped and out-pointed Chris ‘Mutley’ Ware in a close contest, which now looks even more impressive given that Ware has since captured the Welsh Area middleweight title with back-to-back wins over a Frankie Borg. Another Aberdare fighter features with Dorian Darch (8-4, 1KO) fighting for the first time since his third round knockout loss to heavyweight world title challenger Eddie Chambers in November. The 31-year-old, who trains in Mountain Ash with Paul Paveldish, will face Lithuanian Imantas Davidaitis (4-9-1, 4KO), a journeyman who has respectably won three of his six visits to Britain. Pontypridd’s Kyle Jones (2-0) completes the card and he meets Hull’s winless Paul O’Brien (0-9) in what he hopes will be his last four round fight. The welterweight is now under the guidance of Tony Borg and hopes that their growing relationship will reflect in his improving performances.

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