Scottish champion provides big step up for Wakefield boxer Andy Townend

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WAKEFIELD boxer Andy Townend faces the biggest fight of his career so far next month when he enters the ring with Scottish featherweight champion Kris Hughes.

The 23-year-old will take on the Belshill big-hitter, ranked tenth in Britain, at Doncaster Dome on Friday, February 15 looking to maintain his unbeaten record and prove he is ready for a crack at an Area title bout in April.

Hughes, 25, is a two-time Commonwealth contender who has won 16 and lost three of his 19 bouts so far.

Former Kettlethorpe High School pupil Townend knows a tough test lies in wait but is confident he can make it two wins from as many six-round bouts after seeing off the experienced Ibrar Riyaz last time out.

“On paper it looks like it’s going to be a tough fight,” said Townend. “But we’ll find out how good he is when he gets in that ring.”

The Portobello fighter was pencilled in to face another opponent over eight rounds - what would have been his first fight at that distance - before his trainer Stefy Bull received a call to take on the highly-rated Scottish champion - a fight he could not turn down.

After a break for Christmas and New Year Townend has now returned to his Mexborough-based Empress Ballroom gym to gear-up for next month’s big fight under the watchful eye of Bull.

As well as doing everything in his power to ensure he is ready for the big night, Townend is also hoping another bumper support turns out to support him in Doncaster after over 130 supporters backed him last time out.

“The support I got last time was great,” he said.

“I’ve already had people calling me about tickets so hopefully more will be along this time.”

Tickets are £35 or £60 for a meal and waitress service. Contact Andy on 07857 180576 for details.

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