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TOPCLASS PREVIEW | CHAMPIONS COLLIDE IN NEWPORT ON SATURDAY NIGHT

Boxing returns to the Newport Centre on Saturday night which will play host to a great night of action, staging title fights aplenty and the return of one of the UK’s most exciting talents.

The headline act will feature a Commonwealth encounter between two holders of the prestigious title in a contest which will pit Ashley Lane against Robbie Turley.

Lane defied the odds in reversing an earlier loss to Michael Ramabeletsa to capture the Commonwealth title bringing his career to date to its climax.

Antecedently the Bristolian’s form was skittish, to say the least, unable to put together a winning streak he was in danger of going down the journeyman route until a win in May of 2017 against Thomas Kindon put him on his current run of five fights without a loss.

His confidence returned his focus recrudescence, looking like a new/improved version of a fighter hell-bent on proving people wrong, looking to give another example on Saturday night.

Lane has mixed with solid competition, facing the likes of current world champion Kal Yafai, British Champion Josh Wale, Ryan Farrag who will take on Sunny Edwards for the European strap this coming weekend plus he has faced former Welsh titleholder Dai Davies.

Not to be outdone, Robbie Turley has matched the merits of Lane, becoming the Commonwealth titleholder by defeating Bobby Jenkinson at the very same venue in which he will look to replicate the feat.

The joys of victory, a career high for the Cefn Fforest resident were to be soured shortly afterwards when The 31-year old was adjudged to have had a substance called furosemide in his system when he was tested.

At a National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP) hearing, Turley admitted the violation but insisted he took the substance by mistake.

The tribunal accepted Turley was at ‘no significant fault or negligence’.

Turley provided evidence he took furosemide unwittingly, having intended to take ibuprofen on a visit to his grandfather.

The ban was backdated which meant he could continue his career from April 2018, this was the latest in a string of trying times, most notably of which was the two years out of the ring when his licence was withdrawn in 2012 because of the results of a brain scan which after a long period he was cleared to return.

There can be no doubt the perseverance of his character, Turley is a fighter in every sense of the word, looking to show as much on Saturday night.

A former Welsh/Celtic titleholder Turley as also mixed with good company, facing Dai Davies, Jamie Arthur and of course who could forget his effort in pushing Carl Frampton to the brink of defeat.

This contest holds all the hallmarks of intrigue with five knockouts between them I would advise all in attendance to get comfortable for a distance fight.


BATTLE OF THE UNBEATENS

The domestic scene at Lightweight is a boiling pot of talent with household names thrown up the likes of Lewis Ritson, Luke Campbell, Anthony Crolla and the rising talent of Joe Cordina, just some who prop up the top of the listings.

Looking to join in the party is Welsh champion Gavin Gwynne and his dance partner for the night English champion Myron Mills

Gwynne, 28, remains unblemished with a record of 9-0, looking much improved with every visit to the squared circle under the ever watchful eye of trainer Tony Borg. It does help the process that he shares a gym with stablemates, Former World champion Lee Selby, his brother Andrew and European Champion Ashley Brace who are just a few of the talent that walks through the doors of the Newport gym (St Joes)

‘Double G’ took his Welsh title in his win over Henry Janes, a contest which left us all on the edge of our seats in a showing of pure determination and lashings of stamina for good measure in gaining a decisive victory on the night.

It was hoped that the fight would propel him to a contest with Scott Cardle but unfortunately, the fight couldn’t eek its way over the finish line, It left an element of frustration for the Merthyr man, a feeling which he will look to take out on Myron Mills.

Mills is a few places ahead of Gwynne on most listings due to his English title win mixed with the fact that he also held the IBF Youth title.

Stepping into his fight with Luke Paddock on short notice,  knowing that it was too good an opportunity to turn down, Paddock was the much-fancied fighter of the two with a record of 18-2 but was shocked as Mills turned the bookies’ predictions on its head by unseating the favourite in winning a split decision.

Since then the Derbyshire fighter has taken his record to 12-0, looking every bit the exciting prospect that he is being billed to be.

Six knockouts from his twelve fights mirror the fact that he is the puncher of the two men but there is the age old saying of ‘pressure bursts pipes’ as Gwynne employs that very tactic.


THE WELSH SHOOTOUT

The second Welsh title fight on the stacked fight card will present us with what predictably will be a ‘Barnstormer’ of a contest matching Aberdare’s Tony Dixon against Pontypool’s Kieran Gething. 

This was a fight that was scheduled to happen a while ago but due to an injury to Dixon meant that the fight would need to be revisited for a later date which happens to fall on this Saturday.

Both men are known for a come forward, aggressive style that could ultimately come down to who blinks first in this Mexican stand-off, one thing is for sure, those of you who will attend will recoup their admittance fee tenfold in what could turn into a classic.

Dixon, 26, comes into the contest on a defeat to the talented Ted Cheeseman, one of only two men to beat Dixon in a career of 12-2. His most impressive victory came against Mike Jones in Rhydycar Leisure Centre showing that there is a spitefulness to his otherwise quiet persona, putting Jones away in the contest opener to lift the Welsh title.

Gething, on the other hand, started his career with a defeat and a draw but has since made up for lost ground, putting together a six-fight unbeaten streak, decisioning former Commonwealth champion Bradley Pryce before it culminated in a stoppage win over Jorge Moreno

This should be a classic and if styles make fights then your in for a treat between two of the countries best Welterweights.


A RETURN WITH BAD INTENTIONS

Andrew Selby will make his long awaited comeback on the nights undercard, given a tester of a contest against the tough Tanzanian Adam Yahaya (18-3-1, 7KOs).

‘AC Superstar’ will be back in the ring following the hardships of losing his mother followed by injury, giving way to fleeting thoughts of retirement from switch hitter.

Dejection could be felt around the country with Selby touted to be a future king of the division proving as much in his wins over Louis Norman and what now looks an incredible win over the current divisions best in Cristofer Rosales

Rosales has since added the WBC title to his trophy cabinet, following his win over Daigo Higa before stopping Irelands Olympic Bronze Medalist Paddy Barnes.

The wins have acted to entice Selby to make his anticipated return, kickstarting his career back into full flow on Saturday night where awaiting him will be a stubborn obstacle in the form of Yahaya.

Yahaya comes in to the contest as an unknown quantity having fought for the most part in his home country of Tanzania although a quick glance of his record mirrors a fighter with a winning record, he is a fighter who has only lost three fights, all on points.

Unbeaten Tommy Frank handed him defeat in his last outing which represented his first fight on foreign soil at the Ponds Forge Arena in Sheffield.

Selby will want to keep the dream of a rematch with Rosales alive, a win in good fashion here will set him on the right course.


FRUSTRATING TIME BUT GOODRIDGE LOOKS TO PUT ON A SHOW

Geraint Goodridge has had to endure a frustrating time in his run-up to Saturday night Victor Edagha stepping in after two Welsh title fights were vetoed.

Originally scheduled to face Dan Barton in a tussle for the Welsh title, the fight had to be cancelled due to the seriousness of the illness that Barton contracted, leaving him lucky to be alive from a combination of pneumonia and sepsis.

It meant the fight was to be curtailed but was given a glimmer of hope when Jake Anthony stepped into the breach only to step out again after the British Board of Control wouldn’t sanction the Welsh title fight.

Goodridge has remained upbeat in a time which must have impacted his mental preparation, his record doesn’t mirror his dedication or skill as he will look to put a testing time to one side on Saturday night in showing the public what a fit and ready Geraint Goodridge can achieve.

Standing across from him will be Italy’s Edagha who is winless in 43 contests but represents a tough nut to crack in the fact that he has only been stopped three times.

Now living in Southwark in London he has fought the duration of his time as a professional in the Uk and will be coming to Newport looking to secure his first win.

Goodridge still harbours dreams of a Welsh title tilt but a keep busy fight will set him up nicely in the hope we can see a reshceduled fight with Daniel Barton somewhere down the line.

BEST OF THE REST

Elsewhere on the fight card will find Olympic Silver Medalist Fred Evans who will look to continue his education in the paid ranks against the journeyman Ryan Toms. Light Heavyweight Nathan Thorley will showcase his learning under the new appointment of Gary Lockett in a testing affair with Bulgarian Tayar Mehmed, a win here will further push the door open to the possibility of facing the like of Anthony Yarde, Frank Buglioni, Callum Johnson and Joshua Buatsi.

One of many mainstays in Saniger promotions is Swansea’s Kristian Touze who will put his unbeaten record on the line against Leed’s Russ Midgley. 

A NIGHT FOR DEBUTANTS

The night will start with the introduction of the Gavin Rees trained Jake Tinklan who will finally get the green light to commence his professional career with a lot of expectation on his young shoulder from his time as an amateur, he will take on Ricky Rose,

He will be joined by another that will make his debut in Robbie Vernon who will be in a testing contest with JD Jones. Vernon is also one with expectation heaped on him but this could come with a sting in its tail as Jones has found new impetus in recapturing the excitement that followed him from the unpaid ranks.

Last but not least, the third to make his debut will be Sion Yaxley who will take on the ever willing Paul Cummings, talk about a sink or swim moment for the Ruthin man.

In conclusion, It doesn’t need me to tell you that this is not one to be missed, If you are looking to get value for money, look no further than this eleven-fight card, stacked to the gills with talent and more than a few 50/50 encounters.

For those unlucky enough not to be attendance, you need not fret as you can tune in to S4C where the action from the top of the bill will be televised.

Tickets are still available from the fighters who can be contacted on Social media.

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