Townend gears up to hit opponents for six

BOXING CLEVER: Andy Townend and trainer Stefy Bull. Picture: ASHLEY BALL
BOXING CLEVER: Andy Townend and trainer Stefy Bull. Picture: ASHLEY BALL

WAKEFIELD’S Andy Townend needed just two rounds to defeat Ross Payne and move a step closer to his first area title fight.

The 23-year-old took to the ring at Doncaster Dome for his fourth professional bout and forced his opponent to retire after the second round due to a shoulder injury.

It was a convincing win for the former Kettlethorpe High School pupil, who put Payne down on the canvas towards the end of the second, final round.

“He had to retire after the second round because of an injury to his right shoulder,” said Townend.

“It was a good night for me. I had a good support there who all backed me and I got the win.

“Hopefully now I can look towards a six-round fight and a possible title fight next year.”

The Portobello big-hitter will be back in the ring on his trainer Stefy Bull’s next show at the Dome on Saturday, December 1.

He’s looking to make the step-up to fight someone over six rounds and will return to training at Bull’s Empress Gym in Mexborough next week looking to condition himself for a longer spell in the ring.

“I’ll have to work on my fitness a bit more to box six rounds but I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

“I’ve been looking to fight six rounds for a while, it’s my next test.

“I’ll need more endurance and I’ll have to work more in sparring in things like covering for shots.”

The former White Rose Boxing Club fighter is yet to find out who he’ll face over six rounds but it’s set to be his toughest test since turning professional last year.

The six-round bout will be organised with a longer-term target of Townend competing for an area title in 2013.

It’s one step at a time for the ever-improving lightweight, however, with his focus firmly on a successful next step-up.

Townend’s certainly building a strong supporter backing thanks to his blitzing displays in the ring.

Almost 200 supporters made the short trip to South Yorkshire to cheer him on and they left having enjoyed an entertaining evening.

“I’d like to thank my support from the Bay Horse in Crigglestone and the Kettlethorpe Hotel for going along and supporting me on the night,” he said.

“They’ve been brilliant and it’s great to see so many faces in the crowd when I’m boxing.”

The big-hitter also paid tribute to Lance Corporal David Kirkness, the nephew of one of his supporters from the Bay Horse, who died while on-duty in Afghanistan.

He wore special camouflaged shorts in dedication to Lance Corporal Kirkness, specially designed by boxing shorts specialist Suzi Wong.

Townend took a week off from training this week following his success but will return to his gym on Monday.