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Welsh Prospects ready to rumble in the Rhondda on Saturday night

Rob Day

Rob Day has experience writing for Ringnews24, Boxrec and he has written for boxing magazine, Bocsio. Rob covers boxing in the South of Wales. He can be found occasionally as a guest on boxing radio shows.

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Former boxers Steve Sims and Gary Lockett co-promote a show brimming with talented prospects on Saturday night at the Rhondda Fach Sports Centre, Tylorstown, Wales. ‘Clash of The Titans’ brings the fans nine bouts covering most weight divisions.

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Top of the bill is undefeated Heavyweight Dorian Darch (5-0, 1 KO) against Italian Gianluca Sirci (4-2, 2 KOs) in a six round contest. 28 year old Darch, is a heavy handed fighter and scored a first round stoppage, in his last bout, against Istvan Ruzsinszky back in July. His opponent Sirci made a comeback and took part in the European competition ‘Bigger Better’ dropping a three round split decision to Bartosz Bocian, in 2010. Sirci originally turned professional in 2005 winning four straight before being stopped in one round against Marius Marcu. Sirci is listed as standing at just over 6’2 but is an unknown quantity having not fought for almost two years. I suspect this fight could be another short night for the man hailing from Aberdare.

Vincent Cleverly trained Liam Williams (3-0) takes another step in his career as he faces Portsmouth’s, Paul Morby (6-17). Middleweight Morby has lost plenty but is pretty durable and has only been stopped, in recent years, by Kenny Anderson and Frank Buglioni. Morby has extended fighters of the calibre of Liam Smith, Thomas Costello and Craig McEwan. 20 year old, Williams is likely to add to his unbeaten record and it would be a very good result if he gets the stoppage as well.

At light welterweight, Tonypandy prospect Lewis Rees has his fifth professional fight. Rees has won all his fights, so far, and looks likely to add to the win column against Lithuanian import, Aleksas Vaseris (2-4). Vaseris has never been stopped and is used to traveling – having fought in France and England. 22 year old, Rees was destructive in his last bout, a two round stoppage win over Jerome Samuels, back in May. It will be interesting to see if he can continue that type of performance against Vaseris.

Tony Pace, of Talbot Green has his seventh professional fight in a welterweight contest against Liam Griffiths, of Bognor Regis. Griffiths is the more experienced fighter but Pace’s record belies his talent. The record book shows only two wins, from six bouts, for the Welshman but he is a genuine prospect who looks to have a good future ahead of him in the sport. Pace should have too much talent for Griffiths.

Also, at welterweight undefeated Dale Evans, of Carmarthen, meets another Portsmouth fighter in Johnny Creamer (2-1). Evans has won two and drawn one (with Leon Findlay) with both wins coming by stoppage. Evans vs Creamer looks a close match-up on paper.

Swansea super middleweight, Chris Ware (2-0) will take on Telford’s Kieron Gray (5-8). Gray started his career in 2008, with five wins in a row but has since only earned a draw in his last nine contests. Ryan Aston, the only man to have stopped Gray. Ware had been scheduled to fight at last weekends, Paul Boyce Promotions, Swansea show but with the fight not going ahead he gets the chance to put all the training to use against Grey. Ware should add to his two wins.

Debutant Tom Hoar, of Port Talbot, faces fellow Welshman Sean Gorman, of Aberystwyth. 26 year old, Gorman has gained plenty of experience in a relatively short space of time. Having turned professional in May 2010, Gorman has already had fourteen bouts though has only won two with one drawn. He is competitive and should give the 20 year old, Hoar, a tough welcome to the pro game. The bout is over four rounds in the light welterweight division.

Lloyd Davies makes his professional bow against veteran Sandor Polgar. 39 year old Polgar is a native of Hungary and his record stands at 2 wins and 15 loses, with 1 draw. Polgar has been stopped several times but is a good opponent for any fighter making their debut. The bout is over four rounds and listed as a cruiserweight bout.

In a bout between débutantes, 18 year old, Alex Hughes of Maerdy takes on 30 year old, Gareth Thomas, of Bridgend in a Middleweight contest.

All bouts are listed as four rounder’s apart from the main event (Darch vs Sirci). It’s always good to see local fighters getting the opportunity to fight in front of a home crowd and it promises to be a vocal occasion and a celebration of the talent rich Welsh boxing scene.

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