Hype builds as Merrie City boxer Townend pens in next pro’ bout

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BIG-HITTING Wakefield boxer Andy Townend is back in the gym gearing up for his second professional bout.

The 22-year-old caused a storm in his pro’ debut last November with a scintillating display to beat Robin Deakin on points at the Doncaster Dome.

He’ll return to the same venue on Friday, March 2 to fight an as-yet unknown opponent.

And Stephy Bull, who trains the former Kettlethorpe High School pupil at his Empress Gym in Mexborough, says the excitement is building for a boxer who fight fans are keen to see back in the ring.

“Andy stole the show last time so there’s a lot of hype and excitement about seeing him fight again,” said Bull.

“Everyone had some time off over Christmas but Andy is back in the gym now working his fitness levels back up ahead of the fight.

“It’s all going well and we can’t wait to get him back in the ring.”

Townend, who recently moved back to the Merrie City to live in Portobello, will have the advantage of sparring with British, Commonwealth and European Champion Jamie McDonnell in the build-up to his bout.

The former White Rose Boxing Club fighter shares a gym with the Doncaster boxer and McDonnell is back in the ring against Malik Bouzine just 24 hours after Townend’s bout.

It all bodes well for another successful fight night for Townend, who also has a date penned in for his third fight, on Thursday May 17 in Doncaster.

Townend said: “I’m hoping for four fights this year.

“I’m excited to get back in the ring and hopefully word of mouth will mean more fans come along and support me.”

Andy would like to thank sponsor Gala Tent for their continued support. For more information visit www.galatent.co.uk.

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