THORLEY SECURES FINAL COMMONWEALTH SPOT Cardiff’s Nathan Thorley will complete Team Wales’ 11 strong squad for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow which are due to begin in 53 days. The 21-year-old, who boxes out of the Splott Boxing Club, was given a final chance to convince Head Coach Colin Jones and Performance Director James Thomas to pick him when Team Wales recently visited Canada. The Welshman competed twice in Canada, losing to Brody Blair on points in his first contest but then defeating Richard MacDonald unanimously on points two days later. In March, Thorley won the Welsh Championships light-heavyweight title with an impressive Unanimous Decision victory over Prizefighter Boxing Club’s Sharif Mohamed. Then in April, Thorley annexed a silver medal at the renown Gee Bee tournament in Finland where he eventually lost to Italy’s Simone Flori. It wasn’t enough for Thorley to be selected in the initial squad of ten but an opening arose when work commitments stopped Merthyr’s middleweight Jamie Evans from accepting the place offered to him. Thorley’s competition was Carmarthen’s Calum Evans, who had been unable to enter the Welsh Championships in March due to an eye injury suffered while competing internationally for Wales. However, it was Thorley who got the nod and the Commonwealth Games will be his first major international tournament. SHEEHAN MISSES OUT ON WEMBLEY APPEARANCE Tonight’s IBF and WBA world super-middleweight title fight between the champion Carl Froch and George Groves is set to be one of the biggest events in world boxing, let alone British boxing, and it almost had a Welsh presence. 80,000 people will attend Wembley Stadium and at one point, Aberdare’s Lance Sheehan (5-0, 2KO) was set to be one of them. The likeable lightweight had agreed to face Martin J Ward (9-0, 4KO) in a four round contest but promoters Matchroom Sport pulled the plug over a disagreement regarding the proposed weight. Sheehan says that the fight was initially made at 9st 8lbs, 1lb below the lightweight limit but later, Ward’s handlers wanted the contest at 9st 4lbs, something Sheehan’s body couldn’t do. Earlier this year, Ward stopped Welsh champion Craig Woodruff and tomorrow night in London, he will instead face former Southern Area champion Ian Bailey. It is the second time in a month that confusion over the proposed weight has derailed Sheehan’s comeback fight. The 27-year-old hasn’t fought since a Technical Decision loss to Adil Anwar 15 months ago, it was in this bout that Sheehan suffered an horrendous eye injury. Sheehan, who has since rejoined trainer ‘Pebbles’ and signed with manager Dai Gardiner, had been scheduled to meet the flamboyant novice professional Romeo Romaeo but it was later cancelled when Romaeo’s promoter Mark Prior wanted to change the agreed weight from 9st 9lbs to 9st 4lbs. Ironically, Romaeo’s fight was cancelled tonight because the 18-year-old weighed in more than six lbs overweight at a surprising 9st 10lbs for his six round contest against Michael Ramabeletsa on Mickey Helliet’s show in London. FINAL NOTE: WBC International and Prizefighter light-welterweight champion Chris Jenkins (15-0, 7KO) will return to the ring on Matchroom Sport’s show at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on July 12th. There is the strong possibility that Jenkins won’t be the only Welshman on the card, Nathan Cleverly (27-1, 13KO) has also been linked to the show that will feature his fierce rival Tony Bellew.

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