Townend steals the show in pro’ boxing debut

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“THE star of the show” - that’s how trainer Stefy Bull described Wakefield boxer Andy Townend’s professional debut in the ring at his Doncaster Dome show.

The former Kettlethorpe High School pupil had been chomping at the bit for his first pro bout and he produced a blistering display of speed and power to beat Robin Deakin 40-36 on points.

The 22-year-old knocked his experienced opponent down in the second round and was always in control as he made a seamless transition from amateur to professional.

“Andy produced one of the best debuts I’ve seen,” said Bull, who trains Townend at his Empress Ballroom gym in Mexborough.

“All in all I had seven fights on the night and seven wins but Andy stole the show, he was excellent.

“He went out in the first round a bit hell for leather but I managed to calm him down for the second round and from then on he just took him [Deakin] apart.”

Townend was backed by a big following in Doncaster, something that helped push him on in the ring.

He weighed in at 9st 9lb , right on the lightweight limit, and Bull admitted his fighter could well make the grade at super flyweight but “will see how things go.”

In the meantime the Merrie City boxing ace will return to training to prepare for his next bout, which has been pencilled in for a show at Doncaster on Friday, March 2.

“We’re going to get Christmas and the New Year out of the way and then prepare Andy for his next fight,” said Bull.

“He worked very hard for eight weeks solid prior to the his debut and he’ll need to do the same again for his next one.

“He’s made a good transition to pro boxing, something I always felt he would do, but we need to gently nurture him into it during his first 12 months as a pro.”

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

For more information on Andy follow him on Twitter @team_townend.

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