Ex-world champ set for fight night

Tshifhiwa Munyai ahead of his world title bout against Scott Quigg last year
Tshifhiwa Munyai ahead of his world title bout against Scott Quigg last year
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FORMER boxing world champion Tshifhiwa Munyai will be the star attraction in Preston on Saturday night.

The South African bantamweight will top the bill at a boxing night, which is being staged at Evoque Nightclub, in Church Street.

Organised by Harrison promotions, in association with MGM Marbella and JR Gym, the event will also showcase a number of up-and-coming talent, including Liam Conroy and Ashley Peyton.

Both those fighters train alongside Munyai under the tutelage of respected Preston trainer and former world kickboxing champion Johnney Roye.

He will be in the corner for all three of his men in front of what should be a sell-out crowd.

“I’m absolutely made up with the event. It’s a dream come true,” Roye said.

“To have this quality of boxers in our city, it’s something unheard of.”

Munyai, who lives in Preston, became world champion in 2011 when he outpointed Danilo Pena, of the Philipines, on home soil at Emperors Palace, in Gauteng.

He defended his title three times before comprehensively losing to WBA world champion Scott Quigg in Manchester last year.

There are a limited number of tickets left for the event, which begins at 5-30pm with the first fight scheduled for 6-30pm. To purchase tickets call Roye on 07946 270 758.

Meanwhile, Jr Gym held its second amateur boxing show of the season on Friday also at Evoque Nightclub.

Roye and fellow trainer Mick Day were pleased and proud as many of their novice boxers produced excellent performances.

“We feel JR Gym is moving in the right direction with our novice boxers ,” said Day.

“In two home shows this season, we have lost just two bouts.”

Spectators were treated to 12 bouts with five Team JR Gym boxers competing on the night.

First up was 10-year-old Levi Barnes who was having his third skills contest against Jack Dadak, from Sharpstyle BC. Both boxers showed great skills and composure throughout an entertaining bout and both look to have a bright future within the sport.

Next in action was 15-year-old prospect Lee Newsham, who came up against Sharpstyle’s more experienced Blake Phillips.

After two close rounds, it was Newsham who finished the stronger in the third and final round to take the judges’ decision and remain unbeaten in his three contests to date.

It was an all-Preston affair in the next bout as Daniel Stevens faced Larches and Savick ABC Stan Houghton.

It was the third time this pair had met in the ring with Steven winning the two previous encounters. In an absorbing contest, where both boxers gave their all, it was Steven who again prevailed on points.

Wes Harriot was the next JR Gym fighter into the ring and faced Wigton debutant Jason Weir.

Harriot set a hot pace from the opening bell scoring well with the jab and landing heavy combinations throughout the contest in a dominant performance. He now remains unbeaten after two contests.

The final local boxer in action was senior cruiserweight Tom Myers who was making his debut against Wigton’s more experienced David Charters. Myers never stopped trying throughout but was unable to overcome Charters.

All bouts from the show are available to view on Hatton TV, who were in attendance to record proceedings