Chris Ware drops Frankie Borg twice to upset Welsh champion in non-title fight

Chris Ware drops Frankie Borg twice to upset Welsh champion in non-title fight

By Dewi Powell: On only 10 hours’ notice, Swansea’s Chris Ware (5-1, 2KO) upset Welsh middleweight champion Frankie Borg (9-3, 3KO) in a non-title four round fight at the City Academy in Bristol.

Ware, trained by John Kaighin and managed by Gary Lockett, scored heavy knockdowns in the first and fourth rounds which saw him edge Jeff Hinds’ card, courtesy of a 39-36 score.

The opening round was nip and tuck as both matched each other’s attacks punch-for-punch but a right hand around the side of Borg’s guard left him on the floor at the end of the round. Borg took a deep breath to compose himself and rose up, seeing it out until the bell sounded.

Recognising that he now needed to win all three remaining rounds, Borg had to press the action and it suited Ware who was more than willing to stand shoulder-to-shoulder. The pair punched with each other, at the same time, but it was Ware who was beating his opponent to the punch and making a bigger impression.

Borg was a victim of his own enthusiasm in the final round and a right hand on the champion’s chin left him on the canvas. Again, Borg bravely returned to his feet but he was forced to hold on when he was hurt again by an uppercut, which secured the victory for Ware.

As it was only scheduled for four rounds, Borg’s Welsh middleweight championship wasn’t on the line but a rematch with Ware for the title may make sense for all parties. Friday’s fight ended nine months of inactivity for Borg, who was appearing for the first time since defeating Kerry Hope in March.

The furthest distance Ware has completed is four rounds and the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) has no rules to stop Ware competing for the Welsh title. However, the Welsh Area Council has a restriction that requires a boxer to complete at least six rounds before fighting for a Welsh title.

Despite accepting the fight on the same day at 12:00pm, Ware appeared supremely fit and it’s testament to his lifestyle. The 32-year-old owns the popular Funky Pump fitness franchise and spends almost every day in the gym.

Image by Sophie Merlo.

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