Swindon boxing star 'The Duke' takes to the ring for 'epic' Oasis fight

By Tyler Ody - 13 November 2019


Swindon’s professional boxing talent will once again be on display on 30th November as Mark Nielson and Paddy Fitzpatrick bring a mouth-watering array emerging fistic talent to the Oasis Leisure Centre.

Swindon’s former Commonwealth king Luke “The Duke” Watkins returns over eight rounds against the seasoned Belgian Erik Nazaryan. Luke, who has had to bounce back from the late notice cancellation of his last contest, is chomping at the bit to return to title contention after narrowly losing to Isaac Chamberlin last October.

Luke has been nominated to fight Mikael Lawal in an eliminator to fight for the coverted Lord Lonsdale Challenge belt and the winner will likely clash with the winner of Sam Hyde and current reigning English Champion Dion Jumah.

Fellow Paddy Fitzpatrick-trained prospects Ryan Martin and Bec Connolly also have their own eliminators to earn the right to fight for the Commonwealth title on the card. Ryan, fresh of an exciting draw against Ohio Kian Iremrien in September, will face of against experienced South African Mziwoxolo Ndwayana and buzzsaw Connolly, dubbed “Lady Luck”, will be giving away height and reach against former kickboxing star Rachel Ball from the West Midlands.

Swindon-based Sam “The snipper” Smith will have the opportunity to claim the vacant Southern Area Super-middleweight title against unbeaten Londoner Germaine Brown. Sam’s opponent Brown has a floorless record of seven wins and is in the form of his life having dispatched his previous two opponents in two rounds apiece.

Also in action, Bristol’s Duane “The Gasman” Winters will have his first bout since contesting the British title. Duane, a former Southern Area super-bantamweight king, has a slick and smooth boxing style which delights the purists.

The supporting bill is stacked with future star potential. Witney’s unbeaten Bradley Townsend steps up to the six-round distance for the second time in his career after his exciting win against game Des Newton last time out. Fans will also have the chance to see Harry Webb, Jensen Irving, Johnny Ward and former Bulgarian amateur international Vladimir Georgiev.

Tickets are priced at £70 (VIP dining), £55 (VIP) and £35 Standard from http://www.neilsonboxing.co.uk/.

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