Wakefield boxer Andy Townend faces the biggest fight of his professional career tonight, Friday, when he enters the ring to take on Dougie Curran at the Doncaster Dome.
The 23-year-old, who lives in Portobello, is all-set to do battle for his first professional title in April if he comes through tonight’s bout with the former English title challenger victorious.
A chance for Townend to become a champion is already pencilled in for Friday, April 19 against Craig Johnson in Doncaster.
First, he needs to stretch his unbeaten record to six fights with Curran providing the stern opposition over six rounds on trainer Stefy Bull’s show.
The opponent could have been tougher, with Scottish featherweight champion Kris Hughes originally agreeing to fight the former White Rose Boxing Club boxer.
But a failure to agree on the weigh-in details saw Bellshill big-hitter Hughes pull-out and leave Townend with a bout against Newcastle born Curran.
The 24-year-old may not have the same impressive record as Hughes but he is still expected to give the former Kettlethorpe High School student his toughest test since turning professional.
Curran has won seven, lost 16 and drawn two of his 25 fights so far, and won his last fight over six rounds against Stephen Russell last October.
However, Townend, who trains at Bull’s Empress Ballroom gym in Mexborough, will be in confident mood for the clash.
He won over six rounds at the first time of asking last time out against Ibrar Riyaz in December and will be eager to make it two out of two at that distance and set-up a big title fight in South Yorkshire in April, around the time of his 24th birthday.
For any remaining tickets for tonight’s show contact Andy on 07857 180576.