News Notes: Welsh Area Council Awards, Maxi Hughes made mandatory, Herbert meets new manager, Hughes and White get new opponents
The British Boxing Board of Control’s [BBBoC] Welsh Area Council will host their 2017 Awards and Hall of Fame Induction on Friday 27 January at the Marriot Hotel in Cardiff.
Following on from the success of 2016’s maiden event, the evening is an occasion to celebrate the achievements of Welsh boxers. Tickets cost £50 each and tables can accommodate 10 people.
Ron Pavett, Chairman of the Welsh Area Council, said: “This will be a great opportunity to yet again meet up with the boxing fraternity of Wales.”
The award categories are: Best Boxer, Best Up and Coming Boxer, Best Contest of 2016, Services to the Sport, Achievement Award, Hall of Fame Induction (Past) and Hall of Fame Inductee (Present).
There is a special accommodation concession rate for those wishing to stay over-night at the Marriot Hotel at £85:00 for a double room – quote Code F08 when booking.
Half-Welshman Maxi Hughes (16-2-2, 2KO) has been named mandatory challenger for the British super-featherweight championship.
Hughes, from Doncaster in Yorkshire, was due to meet old amateur rival Andy Townend in a final eliminator. However, Townend withdrew and was granted a vacant title fight against the classy Martin J Ward in September, eventually falling victim to an eighth round stoppage.
The Dave Hulley trained southpaw has faced Ward twice before – drawing in a dramatic 10 rounder and suffering a fifth round stoppage in the rematch. Ward will first defend his belt in a voluntary defence against Scottish scrapper Ronnie Clark on 26 November.
Carmarthen born super-welterweight Carwyn Herbert (2-0) has a new manager after signing a long-term deal with Longshot Sports’ Jason McClory – who is also a matchmaker for Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren. The 27-year-old is based in Nottingham and is yet to fight under the jurisdiction of the BBBoC. It’s likely that Herbert will fight under McClory’s wing for the first time in March.
Maerdy’s Alex ‘Bad News’ Hughes (8-0, 3KO) has had a change of opponent and will now face Yorkshire’s game Harry Matthews (14-20-2, 2KO), who has only been halted inside the distance on one occasion in 36 fights.
The Welshman was originally supposed to face London’s journeyman Dalton Miller on the Saturday 26 November date. The super-middleweight eight rounder will feature on Frank Warren’s ‘A Little Less Conversation’ show at the Motorpoint Arena, which is being televised by BoxNation.
Cardiff’s Jimmy White (0-3) ended two years of inactivity on Saturday. The likeable light-heavyweight was out-pointed by unbeaten prospect Ollie Pattison (5-0) at London’s York Hall.
The 33-year-old, who is trained and managed by former title winner Jamie Arthur, won’t be waiting as long for his fourth fight, having been booked to fight Charlie ‘The Fighting Fireman’ Quinn (1-0) in Portsmouth on Saturday 10 December.
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