Rowlands ready and raring to go pro

With less than a week to wait, Tredegar’s Ricky Rowlands is ready and raring to go ahead of his pro debut. After a lengthy training camp, the 19-year-old will appear on Sanigar Events’ ‘Repeat Or Revenge’ show at the Merthyr Leisure on July 11th. Looking ahead to the night, the composed counter-puncher said, “I’m not nervous, I’m used to boxing now, I’ve just got to go in there and do what I’ve trained to do. I should win the fight comfortably, that’s it. Jamie (Arthur – trainer/manager) has just said ‘enjoy it, don’t put too much pressure on yourself’ and that’s what I plan to do. “I’ve had good support. The last time I fought in Wales was the final of the Welsh amateurs in 2013, it was a fair while ago. I’m looking forward to fighting in front of my fans more than anything.” After a stellar amateur career that included numerous Welsh title wins and a couple of British ones too, Rowlands is realistic about adopting his style to the professional code, he said, “I feel like I’ve adapted quite well, quite fast but everyone says that, don’t they? I’ve just got to wait until fight night and see what I’m like then. “I’ve been training for a couple of months now, I’ve had time to do more than enough to prepare. I’ve done loads of sparring and it’s all gone really well. I’ve had to change from point scoring punches to slowing my pace down and picking my shots, making them count and not wasting any. Different stuff like that, only small things but they add up. “I’ve probably sparred about 50 odd rounds. I started off doing four rounds and then, the other week I did eight straight off. I’ve sparred with Kyle Jones who also makes his debut and Jimmy White who is coming back. We’re all at the same level really, it’s competitive and I also step it up against the likes of (former Commonwealth champion) Bradley Pryce. That’s obviously different because of Bradley’s experience and it’s a learning curve for me.” Rowlands, who trains under former Commonwealth Games gold medalist Jamie Arthur in Rhydyfelin, will face Rochdale’s Jason McArdle (2-6, 1KO) in is first paid outing.The four round fight has been made at 10st 13lbs, effectively a light-middleweight fight, but Rowlands will compete in the welterweight division. Concluding with his thoughts on his opponent, Rowlands said, “He’s had eight fights and won two, one of them wins was last week and that was a knockout. He should come to win and that’s going to make me look better, to be honest. It’s better than someone who runs away and I’ll be more switched on. “I’d rather take centre of the ring and, if I can, push him back with my jab like but if I have to go on my back foot, I’ll do that.”

£30 and £50 tickets for ‘Repeat Or Revenge’ on July 11th at the Merthyr Leisure Centre are available from Sanigar Events and Bristol Boxing Club on 01179496699. For more information, visit: www.westcountryboxing.com. It will be headlined by Dai Davies (10-23-2, 1KO) and Robbie Turley’s (13-4, 3KO) Welsh featherweight title rematch.

In support will be Frankie Borg (8-2, 3KO), Craig Kennedy (8-0, 5KO), Alex Hughes (1-0, 1KO), Adam Goldsmith (2-0-1) v Stuart Brewer (1-0), Tony Dixon (4-0, 1KO), Dorian Darch (7-3, 1KO), debutants Kyle Jones and Ricky Rowlands.

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