Fry up for causing a major upset

Courtney Fry, the British and Commonwealth light-heavyweight title challenger, takes on Nathan Cleverly at Bethnal Green s York Hall on Friday night, insisting that he will cause a major shock and end the unbeaten record of one of the country s brightes

Courtney Fry, the British and Commonwealth light-heavyweight title challenger, takes on Nathan Cleverly at Bethnal Green's York Hall on Friday night, insisting that he will cause a major shock and end the unbeaten record of one of the country's brightest prospects.

Former Repton amateur Fry takes on his rival, who is studying for a Maths degree at Cardiff University, and warns: "I'll be taking him back to school on Friday night."

After a stop-start six-year pro career, Fry admits he has not fulfilled his potential, but knows the future will look a lot brighter if he upsets Cleverly.

Meanwhile, Newham's father and son training duo Jimmy and Mark Tibbs look to two unbeaten boxers, Vinny Mitchell and Billy Joe Saunders, to maintain their winning ways on the Friday night show.


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It's a first for both prospects - for Mitchell, it is his first public show since switching to the Tibbs' camp, while Olympian Saunders makes his first London pro appearance after three impressive wins.

Super-featherweight Mitchell, unbeaten in 10 fights, will be tested by fight-anywhere Johnny Greaves, who has won only a few of his near-40 fights, but looks to provide stubborn opposition for any rival.

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Olympian Billy Joe has stopped all three of his super-middleweight rivals to date, and awaits his opponent for Friday night.

The feature fight on the Frank Warren show is the British and Commonwealth light-heavyweight title clash between Welshman Cleverly and Fry.

Another local prospect based at Newham's Ultrachem TKO Gym, light-welterweight John Wayne Hibbert, goes for his third straight win on the show against Stourport rival Kevin McCauley.

The strong supporting bill features heavyweight hope Derek Chisora and Norfolk's Walsh brothers, Liam, Michael and Ryan.

For Friday night show tickets, phone 07946 383318.

*MEMBERS of Canning Town's Ultrachem TKO Gym squad paraded their punches on the Hayemaker promoted York Hall show on Sunday afternoon.

Former West Ham BC amateur Nathan Weise added another win to his pro record, when he punched out a points win over Nottingham veteran Matt Scriven.

Tall light-middleweight Weise, beaten just once in six bouts, made his reach count with long distance shots, as his rival battled to get to close quarters in a lively scrap, and the local boxer was good value for his latest win.

Two other boxers based at the TKO Gym clashed on the bill, with aggressive Daryl Setterfield powering forward to punch out a points win over rival Kevin Lilley, who announced his retirement from the ring at the end of the bout.

Cruiserweight prospect Tony Conquest could not go through with his second pro contest as planned on the show because he had been counted out by a flu attack.

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