Talbot Green’s Tony Pace (4-5-1) will be doing it the hard way again when he challenges former British champion Lenny Daws (25-3-2, 10KO) on Saturday in a six round contest on Mick Hennessy show in Bluewater’s Glow venue in Kent. Daws was unlucky not to be crowned European champion in June when he travelled to Italy to face Michele Di Rocco to lose controversially on points. 20-year-old Pace, who fits his training in around studying a Personal Training course at Barry College, respects the pedigree of Daws and believes he’s the best he’ll have faced in his short career so far. He said, “I’ve seen quite a bit of Daws as I was going to fight him about a year ago but it didn’t come off. He’s good at what he does if you let him do it. He’s definitely the most experienced opponent I’ve had and he’s obviously good because he’s fought in British and European title fights but I think his style suits my style.” “I’m going up there to box him on his promoter’s show, I’ve got to work from the first bell. I’ve boxed nearly all of fights as six rounders, so I know the pace and format as well as I could.” Pace has won the hearts of many Welsh fight fans by taking on some of the best prospects about and meeting them head on. It was never more evident than in his last fight in October when he travelled to Denmark to take a hard fought draw against Sweden’s undefeated Olympian Anthony Yigit. He reflected, “I’ve just come off a draw in Denmark and I feel really confident. Yigit had this Olympian status but personally, I don’t think he was as good as they said he was. If I was a bit fitter on the day, which I should have been, then I would have won well but it was close and they gave a draw. That’s the thing about being the away fighter, I’ll always have it like that so it’s up to me to make sure.” Despite his disappointment not to be given a win, Pace wasn’t disheartened and he was straight back in the gym. The dedication to keep fighting fit in between bouts is what allows Pace to accept fights on short notice and he’s determined to reap the rewards. He said, “I’ve been training really well for the last six months, it’s been consistent and I was back in the gym the week after the Yigit fight. The Daws fight is short notice again but I’ve done the work in the gym and I’m going there to do the business.”

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