PREVIEW: Batch Plant continue to boost Wales’ small hall scene with fourth and final show of 2017

PREVIEW: Batch Plant continue to boost Wales’ small hall scene with fourth and final show of 2017

Tonight will pull the curtain down on an eventful year for Welsh boxing as a five fight card will be held at the Active Living Centre in Pontypool.

Batch Plant, in association with Mo Prior’s British Warrior Promotions, are hosting their fourth show of 2017 in a committed effort to boost the small hall boxing scene across Wales.

Fans are being encouraged to combine supporting the show, which doesn’t benefit from television coverage, with their Black Friday parties. Tickets will be available on the door, priced at £35 for general admission and £50 for ringside seats.

Pontypool’s Kieran Gething to make most of home appearance

Hometowner Kieran Gething (3-1-1, 1KO) is one of the most enthusiastic boxers in the country. The super-welterweight has been talking about the desire for a Welsh title shot since his debut in 2016, though his journey in the paid code got off to a sticky start.

A disputed draw with veteran journeyman Kevin McCauley was followed by an appearance in the away corner and subsequent loss. However, a hat-trick of solid wins have followed and Gething, trained by 2002 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Jamie Arthur, is positively progressing.

Tonight, the 23-year-old rematches McCauley (15-157-12), who will enjoy his 32nd fight of 2017 and set the British record for the most bouts in this calendar year. Gething has sold over 120 tickets for his homecoming, which he’ll hope will become a regular fixture.

Rhoose’s Lance Cooksey coming along quietly

So far, lightweight Lance Cooksey (3-0) has gone under the radar and he’s looking to complete a faultless first year without the vest and headgear.

The 27-year-old will aim for his fourth win in seven months when he takes on Nottinghamshire’s Fonz Alexander (5-71, 3KO). The visitor isn’t a stranger to troubling Welshmen, having caused concern for up-and-comers on two of his previous trips across the Severn Bridge.

Cooksey often reached finals of Welsh Championships in the amateurs, though always appeared to have more of a professionally styled approach. That’s now honed by St Joseph’s Boxing Club’s head coach Tony Borg, whilst also being sharpened by spicy in-house sparring.

Blackwood’s Kody Davies aiming to build on explosive introduction

Light-heavyweight Kody Davies (1-0, 1KO) excited fans on his explosive debut in October and the southpaw would be ecstatic to celebrate the Christmas period with another knockout.

The 23-year-old faces Remigijus Ziausys (20-85-5, 10KO), a Lithuanian former heavyweight who has extended a number of world ranked heavyweights to the final bell, including; Dillian Whyte, Robert Helenius and Christian Hammer. None of the aforementioned managed to halt Ziausys and to do so would be a mini-coup for the much lighter Davies.

‘King’ Kody appears to have gelled well with Gavin Rees, the former domestic and world champion who has turned his hand to training the next generation. Their relationship started relatively recently and could be one of Welsh boxing’s most successful link ups if Davies is able to fulfil his potential.

Swansea’s Chris Jenkins to keep busy and head towards title contention

Former Prizefighter and WBC International super-lightweight champion Chris Jenkins (18-2-1, 8KO) adds depth to the bill as he continues to build back towards domestic title contention.

‘Rock n Rolla’, whose left hook to the body is one of Welsh boxing’s most effective trademark shots, takes on Lithuania’s Arvydas Trizno (26-73-3, 7KO) in a scheduled six rounder.

Unfortunately, the 29-year-old has been forced to wait for his third fight of the year. Jenkins was set to box in his hometown in October, only to be disappointed when he couldn’t sell enough tickets to cover the costs. It’s a sad reminder of the testing financial pressures put on small hall boxers, which gives little regard for abundantly clear talents like in Jenkins’ case.

Time for Colcot’s Maredudd Thomas to turn over

Slightly later than originally planned, super-lightweight Maredudd Thomas will make his professional debut in a four rounder against Nicaragua’s Geiboord Omier (4-22-1, 3KO).

Whilst not working full time, Thomas is coached by Gary Lockett at their base in Llanrumney, east Cardiff. The powerful hooker trains alongside Liam Williams and Craig Kennedy, hoping to follow in their footsteps towards championship contests.

Thomas’ amateur career saw him collect 50 wins from 60 outings, also winning Welsh Championships at different age categories and represent the country on the international stage. It’s set him up for the pro-code and he’ll be happy to get going, having originally been scheduled to star the journey in October.

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