Title shot gives Townend chance to hit back in style after suffering first defeat

PACKING A PUNCH: Andy Townend in action in his latest bout against Dougie Curran. Picture: Harry Palmer.
PACKING A PUNCH: Andy Townend in action in his latest bout against Dougie Curran. Picture: Harry Palmer.

Wakefield boxer Andy Townend says he will learn from the mistakes that brought a first professional defeat - and hit back with a debut title triumph next month.

The 23-year-old suffered a first loss in six pro’ bouts last Friday when Newcastle’s Dougie Curran edged a six-round points win at the Doncaster Dome.

It was a rare taste of defeat for the former Kettlethorpe High School pupil, who was fighting at super featherweight rather than his usual lightweight level.

It could have seen Townend’s scheduled Central Area Lightweight Title clash, pencilled in for Friday, April 19, hit the buffers.

But trainer Stefy Bull has confidence in his fighter’s ability and has pitted him against Barnsley’s Ben Wager over ten rounds for his first title shot.

“I fought him [Wager] at amateur level and beat him,” said Townend.

“It’s going to be on my birthday which makes a bit more special and I’ve got a real hunger to win now.

“I had no excuses on Friday, I knew I was going to be in a battle because he’s a good fighter, but I just felt sluggish and thought I wasn’t doing as well as maybe I was. When I was sat on the stool I felt it wasn’t going right but I watched the video after and thought I could have drawn.”

He added: “I had over 100 people supporting me and it felt like I let them down. I don’t want to feel like that again.”

April’s title contest will be the first ten-round bout for both fighters.

Townend at least has the advantage of going the distance in two six-round contests, however, with Wager knocked out after two rounds in his only effort over that distance in December.

Tickets for Townend’s title fight are priced at £60 for ringside seats and £35 for regular seats and can be bought by calling him direct on 07857 180576.