News Notes: Pryce, McGoldrick, Evans-Buckland and Davies
The new 2016/17 season, when British boxing returns from a short month off, is right around the corner and the calendar is filling up for Welsh fighters.
Newbridge’s Bradley ‘Sugar Sweet’ Pryce (37-20, 19KO) will be busy when the shows start, having been booked for two appearances on the road. The former Commonwealth title holder will fight novice prospect Justin Menzie (3-0) in an eight round contest at London’s York Hall on Saturday 17 September. Three weeks later, he’s scheduled to face James Metcalf (13-0, 6KO) in the Scouser’s hometown at the Greenbank Sports Academy.
Newport’s Sean McGoldrick is expected to turn professional in the coming months. The former Commonwealth Games gold medallist has recently left the Team GB set up in Sheffield. The 24-year-old, who trains out of the St Joseph’s Boxing Club in Newport, is currently at the MGM Marbella set-up in Spain to Charlie Edwards. The Englishman will challenge IBF world flyweight champion John Riel Casimero at London’s O2 Arena next week in just his eighth professional outing.
Wrexham banger Kerry ‘Fifty Star Stan’ Evans (6-1, 5KO) was recently offered a dream shot at the Welsh Area super-lightweight title. However, the once beaten 34-year-old had decided to retire the day before, due to a lack of opportunities in competitive fights that motivate him, and he was overcoming an injury. It would have been against two-weight Celtic champion Mitchell Buckland (11-0, 2KO) at the Newport Centre on Friday 30 September, who officially remains without an opponent.
Sanigar Events, who promote Buckland’s fight, have announced another show in Wales for the following week. They will host a night at the Rhondda Fach Sports Centre in Tylorstown on Saturday 8 October. It will be headlined by three-time Welsh Area belt-holder Dai Davies (14-24-2, 2KO), who also remains without an opponent along with the rest of the bill.
The supporting cast includes a number of up-and-comers who are gaining more ring experience, such as; super-middleweight Morgan Jones (8-0, 3KO), super-bantamweight Robbie Turley (17-6, 3KO), welterweight Tony Dixon (7-1, 2KO), bantamweight Ashley Brace (4-0, 2KO), welterweight Kyle Jones (6-0), light-heavyweight Jermaine Asare (4-1), super-lightweight Richie Canning (4-0-1), super-welterweight Mano Lee (2-2) and light-heavyweight Anthony Trow (1-3).
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