Stabbing victim Gwyn Wale in his brother's corner

This weekend sees ex-Central Area lightweight title challenger Gwyn Wale make his training debut, when his brother Josh climbs through the ropes at the Barnsley Metrodome on Sunday afternoon.
27 year-old Gwyn, who is still recovering after being stabbed in August, can't wait for his first fight as a cornerman.

"I'm really looking forward to being in Josh's corner. I could win a title in first first fight as a cornerman!" said an excited Gwyn. Gwyn still has ambitions to fight again, but at the moment, he is concentrating himself fit, and getting Josh (pictured, taking reporter James Bairstow on the pads) ready for Sunday's International Masters bantamweight tussle with South African Michael Ramabeletsa.
"I'm still recovering from my open-heart surgery, but I aim to fight again in the future. In the meantime, I'm really enjoying being part of Josh's training." added Gwyn.
His brother, 23 year-old Josh, is looking forward to the fight, and is hopeful of getting a shot at a domestic title next year.
"I can't wait for Sunday. I just want to get this fight out of the way, and then hopefully I'll get a title shot at some stage next year," said bantamweight hopeful Josh. The durable Ramabeletsa should provide a good test for Josh, as he took one of his fellow bantamweight prospects to points in September this year.
"Martin Ward struggled a bit with him (Ramabeletsa) but I am confident that I can get the stoppage," added Josh.
The fight is just one of two titles that will be up for grabs at the Metrodome this Sunday afternoon. In the other title fight, Sheffield's Jon Ibbotson will duke it out for the vacant British Masters cruiserweight title against tough southpaw Hari Miles. On the undercard, Sheffield's Ryan Hardy will be making his debut in the paid ranks in a six-rounder against Bolton's Chris Jenkinson. Will it be a memorable debut for Ryan or one to forget? Simon Jenkinson will concede home advantage to Barnsley's Matthew Mallin in their light-middleweight contest. Simon will be up for this one after knocking out Tom Bowen in November. WIll Mallin's skills or Simon's power prevail in the 'battle of the unbeaten boys?'
Super-middleweight James Tucker is facing unbeaten Irishman Paddy McDonagh. Can Tucker win his fourth fight in a row or will the Irishman keep his '0'?
There are also two other contests scheduled; super-middleweights JJ McDonagh and Stuart Maddox will come to blows as will light-middleweights Lee Noble and Richard Troupe.
There are still a small number of tickets still available for the show. If you are interested, please contact Carl Greaves on 07709 451337 for more details.


Derry Mathews

It can be rather strenuous watching a Derry Mathews fight. Like a penalty shootout in football, a Mathew’s fight squeezes enough drama, tension, and unpredictability into a short duration so his popularity and fight frequency is rightfully high. Next up for the Liverpool veteran is another chance at domestic glory as Walsall’s Martin Gethin put his Lonsdale lightweight belt on the line at the Liverpool Olympia on May 10th.

Fight Reports

Brentwood’s ‘Smokin’ Joe Mullender (6-1) got back on track with a close points win over Peckham’s Diego Burton (4-4-1) over ten rounds at the York Hall on Saturday. It was a belter of a fight on a slightly smaller than usual Goodwin bill, partly due to 'Flash' Ashley Sexton not making weight again (more on this later) and 'Big Dog' AJ Carter’s opponent, who reportedly turned up with Evo-Stick holding his mooey in place.