Impressive Townend puts stubborn Riyaz to sword in first six-round bout

PACKING A PUNCH: Andy Townend in action against Ibrar Riyaz
PACKING A PUNCH: Andy Townend in action against Ibrar Riyaz

THE step-up to six rounds proved to be a comfortable transition for ever-improving Wakefield boxer Andy Townend in Doncaster on Saturday.

The 23-year-old lightweight beat Reading’s Ibrar Riyaz 60-55 on points in his first professional fight over six rounds at a packed Doncaster Dome.

Townend, who lives in Portobello and is trained by Stefy Bull at his Empress Ballroom gym in Mexborough, did not look out of place boxing at twice the distance as he put a stubborn and experienced opponent to the sword in convincing fashion.

The victory will act as a stepping-stone towards a possible title fight for the former Kettlethorpe High School pupil, who has aims of competing for a Masters or Central Area title on his 24th birthday next April.

Before that he has another six-round fight pencilled in for Friday, February 15 and he will be out to extend his five-bout unbeaten record - Townend won his first four bouts over four rounds.

The Wakefield fighter’s success was part of an eleven-bout Stefy Bull-promoted show at the Dome with the main event seeing Doncaster’s Gavin McDonnell win the British Masters super-bantamweight title with a stoppage win over Dean Anderson.

See Friday’s Wakefield Express for full report and reaction.