FIGHT fans are in for a feast of the sweet science at Narrabri’s Crossing Theatre on Saturday night with two current world title holders stepping into the ring on what is a bumper promotion.
WBU Super Featherweight titleholder Corey McConnell.
WBU Super Featherweight titleholder Corey McConnell will put his belt on the line in the 60kg class against Gerry Nardo from the Gold Coast while young Filipino rising star Joebert Delosreyes will give Sydney‘s John Ming a shot at his World Youth Championship belt in the co-main bout on the big card.
Both boxers were at David “Spike” Syphers’ Black and Blue Gym in Gunnedah last night, putting the final touches to their preparations.
They were joined by Gunnedah’s State Title holder, Wade Ryan, who will highlight a massive professional and amateur under card in what ranks as one of the biggest boxing promotions in country NSW.
“It is the first time two world and international title holders have fought in this part of the country and it is a great feather in the cap for the promoters and Narrabri’s Crossing Theatre,” Syphers said.
McConnell looked the goods as he went through his paces.
Whip-hard and with a stare that would cure head lice, McConnell is taking on Nardo, a Filipino with good credentials with the winner hoping for an eventual showdown with current WBC champion, Ryan Simono.
MConnell has the impressive record of 14 wins from 15 fights and only one loss as a professional and came to the money ranks with 88 amateur bouts under his belt.
All of McConnell’s fights have gone the distance as he is what boxing is all about.
“What the eyes can’t see the hands can’t hit and I have won all but a few rounds of my 14 wins through speed and my boxing ability,” McConnell said.
Twelve years in the professional ranks have set the 28-year-old up for what he sees are his big pay days to come.
“Nardo will be coming forward all night looking to sit me on my bum but that is how I like it,” McConnell added.
“They bring the fight to me and I will lead them around the ring.
“It is kind of like a dance but it is a dance they don’t like at the end of the night.
“After this fight I will be going after Will Tomlinson who I have been chasing for some time.
“We are hoping this fight will come off on the under card on Anthony Mundie’s next outing in Melbourne, ear-marked for sometime in November.
Joebert Delosreyes has an 18-15-3 record with 12 wins coming inside the distance.
He will fight Ming over six three-minute rounds in the Lightweight (61kg) division with his IBO World Youth Championship belt as the prize.
From Davo in the Philippines, the home of boxing legend Manny Pacquioa, Jobert has the punching power to put opponents to sleep early and won the belt in Sydney in late March.
Wade Ryan will take on Joel Delacruz on the under card. The first fight will be at 7pm, tickets are available at the door on online at www.crossingtheatre.
“This is the first international contest to be staged in a country town and the WBC division is regarded as the most prestigious in the sport, so fans are assured on a great night,” Syphers added.
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