Townend raring to enter ring with ‘big boys’ ahead of six-round debut in Doncaster

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WAKEFIELD boxer Andy Townend will be out to hit his next opponent for six when he enters the ring at the Doncaster Dome.

The undefeated 23-year-old will take on the experienced Ibrar Riyaz in his first six-round bout at what is set to be a sold-out Dome on Saturday, December 1.

The Portobello big-hitter has won all four of his professional fights over three rounds and says he is more than ready to make the step up to six rounds.

“I’m in with the big boys now and I’m looking forward to it,” said Townend.

“It was tough in training moving up to spar over six rounds instead of three but I’m used to it now, I’m feeling good and I’m ready to get in that ring, I always am.”

The lightweight has already proven himself over three rounds, winning all four of his fights since turning professional.

His last win came against Ross Payne in September and was enough to warrant trainer Stefy Bull to move him up to six rounds.

Riyaz may have lost 40 of his 45 bouts but the Albanian-born fighter should provide a good test for Townend having experienced plenty of six round fights and even a ten-round contest.

“I don’t know too much about him, I just concentrate on my own game,” Townend continue.

“Stefy has told me that he’s a tough fighter, he’s a fighter that looks to come at you.”

The former White Rose Boxing Club fighter is fully focussed on claiming his first six-round victory in what will be his final fight of 2012.

But Townend is also well aware that it provides a stepping-stone to a possible area title fight over ten rounds in the near future.

“You’ve got to walk before you can run but that’s the aim,” he said.

“I’ve got my next fight pencilled in for February and one around my birthday in April but I need to get through this one well first.”

The former England international will be backed by another good support in Doncaster but still has a handful of tickets left priced at £35 for the night, which also includes a title fight for Gavin McDonnell.

Contact Andy on 07857 180576 for more information.

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