Undefeated professional boxer Kelly Morgan from Swindon will have a point to prove in her eagerly-awaited WBC Silver middleweight clash on 10 June at the Grange Drive Leisure Centre.
The 2002 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, 35, will headline Neilson Boxing’s ‘New Beginning’ show.
Morgan had been due to box Ghanaian Gifty Ankrah at the Oasis Leisure Centre in March but visa problems forced the fight to be cancelled just five nights prior to the bout, but a meeting between the two is now good to go with contracts signed.
Ankrah has a 4-4-1 record while Morgan boasts a 3-0-0.
Chief support, Ryan Martin will also be in action on the night and Martin’s trainer, Richard Farnan, has managed to get him on the youth programme of the biggest organisation in professional boxing, the WBC.
Richard said: “They are excited by Ryan and I have had a message asking whether he could potentially fight in June because that is when they want him to fight for the WBC Youth Silver title (which is currently held by Poland’s Przemyslaw Runowski).
“If Ryan wins the Silver title, he will defend it to keep hold of that and then go for the gold title. But once at that level, you can stay in the programme until you are 23 years and 11 months, and then he is immediately ranked with the WBC, that is then quite big.”
Martin admits it is a “shock” that he is being considered big chance, saying that he did not expect such a challenge this early on in his career.
“Nothing is confirmed but that is what we are working towards. If that comes off, that could open some doors for me and get me into the biggest organisation in boxing.
Unbeaten cruiserweight LUKE ‘The Duke’ Watkins has also been added to the card, the 26-year-old will be in a six-round contest against Latvian Reinis Porozovs.
The Paddy Fitzpatrick-trained fighter, who has won all seven of his bouts to date, will go into Friday’s clash on the back of a points win over Tony Cruise at the York Hall in May. “This guy is coming after two wins in the UK and we don’t want Duke being number three,” Fitzpatrick said. Gloucestershire professional boxers Riidy Ennis-Brown and Andy Harris will also feature.
Ennis-Brown, having won the British Challenge belt in his last fight and now unbeaten in four as a professional hope to extend this with a tough four rounder against an as yet to be confirmed opponent.
Plymouth boxer Dessie Newton will be making his professional debut when he takes on Quasim Hussein in June. ‘The Destroyer’ will open the night at Grange Leisure, Swindon on June 10.
Newton was crowned welterweight champion at the English Boxing Championships back in November 2014 as his impressive rise shows no sign of slowing down of late. He originally planned to have a career in football but that was cut short due to a knee injury but since taking up boxing he has not looked back. Newton only made his competitive debut two years ago and has already became a national champion – the second person from Plymouth to achieve the feat in as many years.
There are 6 fights scheduled, doors open 6:30pm.
Tickets are still on sale priced £35 standard, £60 VIP.
Visit www.neilsonboxing.co.uk for ticket details or contact any of the boxers.