News Notes: Buckland, Selby, Sillett, Williams, Cleverly, Jenkins, Lawrence and more
Sanigar Events are on the verge of making an official announcement of a show at the Newport Centre on Friday 30th September.
So far, a number of boxers have confirmed their appearances for the date, which is expected to be headlined by two weight Celtic champion Mitchell Buckland (11-0, 2KO).
The non-televised show will also feature Cardiff’s light-heavyweight Nathan Thorley (5-0, 2KO), super-welterweight Jamie Evans (2-0), Nantymoel’s cruiserweight Danni Griffiths (7-1) and Bridgend’s super-lightweight Richie Canning (4-0-1).
Blaenavon’s super-welterweight Mason Jones (1-0), who has recently been training at Floyd Mayweather’s Gym in Las Vegas, will have his second fight. So will novice prospects Kristian Touze and Sonny Lee at lightweight and super-welterweight, respectively.
There’s also word that Sanigar Events are considering hosting a show in the following week. It’s likely to be in the Rhondda and will predominantly feature boxers from the Valleys areas.
It has been a busy week for Sanigar Events. Last week, it was revealed that the Bristol based outfit have won the purse bid for Andrew Selby’s (5-0, 3KO) mandated British title fight.
The fearsome flyweight, brother of IBF world champion Lee Selby, will make the first defence of his Lord Lonsdale belt against Liverpool’s Kevin Satchell (16-0, 3KO) – an unbeaten former British and European champion.
The British Boxing Board of Control [BBBoC] have stated that it will have to happen before the end of November. No Welshmen has become a British champion in fewer outings than 27-year-old Selby, who captured the title with a competitive shut-out of Louis Norman in May.
On Friday, another Barry Town brawler extended his winning streak to 5-0. Jason Sillett continued his education with a 40-37 points win against Wiltshire’s journeyman Joe Beeden (2-42-1, 1KO).
The lightweight was fighting on a Macklin’s Gym Marbella [MGM] show in Lancashire, near where he trains with the highly rated Lee Beard in Manchester. 19-year-old Sillett has been kept busy since turning professional, racking up five wins and one by knockout in less than 10 months.
The funeral of Welsh legend Dai Dower was held last week in Bournemouth following his death at 83-years-old. Hundreds attended his cremation to celebrate the life of the former British, Commonwealth and European flyweight champion, who also challenged for a world title in Argentina.
Frank Warren is yet to formally announce a show at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on 22 October. However, tickets are available to purchase from Liam ‘The Machine’ Williams (15-0-1, 10KO and a number of boxers on the undercard.
BoxingWales.com understand that London’s unbeaten Ahmet Patterson (17-0, 7KO) is the leading contender to challenge for Williams’ British and Commonwealth super-welterweight straps but a deal isn’t yet concrete.
Williams is currently in Sheffield to spar IBF world welterweight ruler Kell Brook, who has the daunting task of Gennady Golovkin on 10 September at London’s O2 Arena. Golovkin is considered one of world boxing’s most destructive champions and holds the WBC, WBA and IBF belts at middleweight.
Preparations for Nathan Cleverly’s (29-3, 15KO) challenge to become the first Welshman to lose a world title and win another are well underway.
The 29-year-old Cefn Fforest’s native has just under seven weeks to adapt to the southpaw style of WBA Regular world champion Juergen Braehmer’s (48-2, 35KO) ahead of their 1 October meeting in Neubrandenburg, Germany.
This week, Cleverly will spar unbeaten contender Jamie Cox (20-0, 12KO), who is rated with the WBO at the weight below. They have already shared an eight round session in Birmingham. Then next week, Cleverly is scheduled to share the ring with the IBF super-middleweight champion James DeGale, one of the world’s most skilful portsiders.
Garnant’s Chris ‘Rock n Rolla’ Jenkins (16-1-1, 8KO) has just celebrated his 28th birthday. The all-action super-lightweight is keen to start a new chapter but hasn’t fought since October when he was edged out in rematch for the British title against Yokshire’s tricky Tyrone Nurse.
In that time, his manager Paul Boyce announced and then cancelled a fight against the aforementioned domestic adversary Mitch Buckland, leading to an extended absence from the ring. The former Prizefighter and WBC International champion is one of Wales’ most exciting operators and many fans are keen to see the results of his work with his new trainer of two months, former world title challenger Gary Lockett.
Cardiff’s Levi Lawrence, an amateur boxer who has reached numerous Welsh Elite Championships finals, has starred in a new reality series.
In between training himself, the bantamweight works with white collar boxers at the Ultimate Fitness Centre on the well-known City Road, helping them to raise thousands of pounds for charity. It has been the focus of a well-received three-part documentary by the BBC, exploring the diverse communities in the centre of the capital. It is available to watch on iPlayer.