News Notes 7: Connor Vian, Ben Jack Davies, Joshua John, Helen Jones, Lauren Price, Lennie ‘The Lion’ Williams, Sanigar Events and S4C, WEBA and more

News Notes 7: Connor Vian, Ben Jack Davies, Joshua John, Helen Jones, Lauren Price, Lennie ‘The Lion’ Williams, Sanigar Events and S4C, WEBA and more

In the final News Round-Up of 2016, BoxingWales have news from around the country in both the amateur and professional codes…

At the start of December, welterweight Connor Vian (1-0) turned professional with a 40-36 decision win against Ali Wyatt (6-51-2, 3KO) at the Hilton Hotel in Mayfair, London. The Welshman is a serving Lance Corporal with the British Army, spending his spare time training in Colchester and Norwich.

Last weekend, part-Welshman Ben Jack Davies (9-3-1, 6KO) stopped Adam Grabiec (5-16, 1KO) in six rounds. The middleweight bout headlined Carl Greaves Promotions’ show at the Metrodome in Barnsley.

It followed a successful double for Wales’ amateur squad in Yorkshire at the GB Championship. Briton Ferry’s bantamweight Joshua John and Portmead’s light-flyweight Helen Jones returned as winners after overcoming England’s Jack Hillier and Scotland’s Megan Gordon, respectively.

Another Welsh woman who is due to be spending time in Sheffield is Bargoed’s Lauren Price. The middleweight southpaw has been selected for Team GB, who train at the English Institute of Sport. Price, a former Welsh international footballer, collected a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and is now aiming towards qualifications for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Lennie ‘The Lion’ Williams (33-3-1, 25KO) has sadly passed away. The Maesteg native won the Welsh Area featherweight title in 1964 and went on to challenge for the British and European belts, only to be beaten by Merthyr Tydfil’s great Howard Winstone. His funeral will be held on Thursday 29 December, starting at 12:15pm in Williamstown Funeral Home and then at 1pm in the Tonyrefail’s Tram Cemetery.

Sanigar Events and terrestrial broadcaster S4C have joined forces to create a new programme that will showcase the small hall scene in Wales. It is called Y Ffeit, which translates to ‘The Fight’, and will benefit their up-and-coming talent.

The Welsh Ex-Boxers Association are looking to add more members in the new year. The group meets once a month at Taffswell Social Club and annual membership costs just £5. Anyone interested in supporting the WEBA or buying their 2017 calendar can contact the Secretary, Mr Cyril Thomas, on 02920 863 452.

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