News Notes 5: McGoldrick, Jenkins, Pryce, Economides, Janes, Davies and Buckland

News Notes 5: McGoldrick, Jenkins, Pryce, Economides, Janes, Davies and Buckland

Irish outfit Macklin’s Gym Marbella [MGM] have signed their first Welsh boxer, Newport’s double Commonwealth Games medalist Sean McGoldrick. It’s unclear when the 24-year-old will make his professional debut or the weight category he’ll compete in but McGoldrick will still train with Tony Borg at St Joseph’s Boxing Club. MGM, who are fronted by three time world title challenger Matthew Macklin, have one of the largest roster’s of any management company in Europe.

Some of those boxers will appear on the same show as Garnant’s Chris ‘Rock n Rolla’ Jenkins (16-1-1, 8KO), who has agreed to travel to Belfast on Saturday 5 November. The super-lightweight will face Irish banger Phil Sutcliffe Jnr (11-1, 7KO) at the Titanic Exhibition Centre on a show promoted by Frank Warren. Presently, the contest is scheduled for 10 rounds but it may be increased to 12 rounds if sanctioned for the IBF International strap. It will be the 28-year-old Welshman’s first fight under new trainer and manager Gary Lockett.

On the same night in the south of Ireland’s National Stadium, Newbridge’s Bradley ‘Sugar Sweet’ Pryce (38-20, 20KO) will face local Luke Keeler (10-2, 5KO). The Boxing Union of Ireland’s Celtic Warrior belt will be on the line for the middleweights and they will headline the Red Corner Promotions show. Pryce had been scheduled to rematch Justin Menzie (3-1, 1KO), having beaten the novice in September, but it has been called off.

Connah’s Quay’s super-bantamweight Paul Economides (20-6, 5KO) was edged out in a WBC International title fight with Birmingham’s unbeaten Sean Davis (11-0) on Saturday. The three judges scored the contest 96-94 against Economides, who was applauded for his gutsy efforts having taken the fight on just six days notice. Matchroom Sport’s Eddie Hearn thought Economides deserved the nod and has welcomed the Welshman back to one of his Sky Sports televised shows in the future.

Elsewhere on the weekend, Cardiff’s lightweight Henry Janes (8-20, 1KO) caused a minor upset. The 33-year-old recorded his first win for seven years by out-pointing the previously unbeaten Darren Townley (4-1, 1KO) over six rounds, courtesy of a 59-57 scorecard. Goodwin Promotions hosted the show at the Riviera International Conference Centre in Torquay.

Pontyberem’s Zack Davies (6-1, 1KO), who beat Janes at the start of October, has a new promoter. The 24-year-old super-lightweight was let go by Hall of Fame entrant Frank Warren after March’s shock loss to Hungary’s Zoltan Szabo, who has since knocked out world title contender Stephen Ormond. Davies has now signed with Mark ‘Mo’ Prior and will appear on his show in Brighton on Saturday 12 November.

Ovill McKenzie has finally vacated the British cruiserweight title that has remained dormant for nearly 20 months. Belfast’s Tommy McCarthy and Blackpool’s Matty Askin (20-3-1, 13KO) will meet in a final eliminator on Saturday 19 November. The winner will then fight Cardiff’s long standing mandatory challenger Craig ‘The Kid’ Kennedy (15-0, 8KO), who has been disrupted by the belt’s inactivity and not fought since May. BoxingWales.com understand that Kennedy may possibly appear in a keep-busy bout on Cyclone Promotions’ show at the SSE Wembley Arena on Friday 18 November. Barry Town’s star Andrew Selby (6-0, 4KO) is already confirmed for the undercard, which will support three-time world title contender George Groves.

Unbeaten super-lightweight Mitch Buckland (11-0, 2KO) has given a positive update on his wife, Rachael. The former Welsh international amateur boxer, who has two children with Mitchell, recently suffered a serious head injury that required emergency surgery. Posting on Facebook, Mitchell said: “Just to let you all know how Racheal is getting on, she’s out of the coma and awake and she is responding a little. Still early days but it’s a little step forward. Thanks all for being so caring.” Click here to make a donation to help the family.

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