Not too much Christmas spirit as Conquest hits the gym

CRUISERWEIGHT Tony Conquest was happy to cut down on the Christmas festivities and spend extra sessions working in the gym, with the hope of securing a bout on the Frank Maloney promotion at the Brentwood Centre on January 22. Having won his two earlier p

CRUISERWEIGHT Tony Conquest was happy to cut down on the Christmas festivities and spend extra sessions working in the gym, with the hope of securing a bout on the Frank Maloney promotion at the Brentwood Centre on January 22.

Having won his two earlier professional contests, both on Sunday shows at York Hall in Bethnal Green, the fighter, based at Newham's TKO Gym, would welcome the chance of getting his 2010 campaign off to a winning start at a different venue.

Manager Richard Clark is negotiating with promoter Maloney for supporting card appearances for his unbeaten prospects Conquest, Billy Slack and 'John' Wayne Hibbert.

The top-of-the-bill clash sees popular east Londoner Ian Napa make his British bantamweight title defence against challenger Jamie McDonnell from Yorkshire.


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Conquest, who turned pro after impressing on the ABA trail in Dagenham colours last year, has scored two good wins since joining Clark and trainer Jason Rowland at the TKO Gym in Canning Town.

He opened his pro career with a points win over Bobby Scott in September and then followed with a first round victory over seasoned campaigner Nick Okoth in December.

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Also booked for the Brentwood bill is giant heavyweight puncher Larry Olubamiwo, who gets his toughest test as a pro when he faces Irishman Scott Belshaw.

Former Repton amateur Olubamiwo aims to put another win on his record against the towering Belshaw, who had a respectable pro record before being beaten in his last two fights.

He suffered a two-round stoppage against Audley Harrison when they clashed in the Prizefighter tournament that the former Olympic gold medal hero won at the ExCel Arena in October, and suffered the same fate against Tyson Fury at Watford last May.

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