Ilkeston boxing fans are in for a treat on Friday night when Trinity ABC promote their first show of 2013 at the Festival Inn, Trowell.
The show sold out a week in advance with the promise of some explosive action, and the top of the bill bouts will feature the club’s outstanding senior talent.
Club captain Russ Henshaw is in for a tough task when he challenges the impressive unbeaten record of Victor Adedayodaodu of the Bradford Police Club who as put together a run of 16 straight wins.
But Henshaw, who won the national novice title two years ago, has mixed with top quality fighters before and will be determined to snap his opponent’s unbeaten run in what promises to be a cracking tear up between two explosive punching heavyweights.
Super heavyweight Jake Harrison also faces a tough task when he takes on Karolis Baubkus of Kettering, but he will have a point to prove.
Harrison, who won the national novice title in December, had to withdraw from the recent ABA elite championships when he went down with the winter virus which left Baubkus to challenge for the East Midland title.
Baubkus lost a tight split decision in his final, but his fight will be a fascinating battle between two big men.
There will be local pride at stake when Jamie Chatburn challenges for the vacant Derbyshire ABA light heavyweight challenge belt against Denby’s Phil Davenport.
Davenport is the former holder of the middleweight belt and moving up in weight will give him the opportunity to be the first man to claim belts at two different weights.
This one is sure to be an action-packed fight between two proud and determined men.
There will be a full programme of boxing starting at 8.15pm which will start with the club’s promising junior talent.
One to look out for will be Joel Pickering, who will be making his debut and looks to be an exciting addition to the squad.
There will also be a full programme of senior bouts on the 16-bout bill that will see all the Trinity boxers tested to their limits as they face top quality opponents from around the country.
Club leader Scott Rafferty said: “The show sold out last week which is a great tribute from the Ilkeston boxing fans to the talent that will be on show and this will create a tremendous atmosphere for the boxers to perform in.”
There will be no admission on the door without a ticket to this all-ticket event .
A familiar face will be missing from this event but Jamie Williams will have a big date two days later in the national quarter -finals of the elite ABA championships .
Williams will be in Scunthorpe to contest the quarter-final against the Northern Counties champion and is ready for action to progress in the competition and move himself up in the national flyweight rankings.