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There’s a busy weekend ahead for local fight fans. Dave Woodhall tells us what lies in store.

Wayne Elcock returns to the ring for the first time since losing his British middleweight title to fellow Brummie Matthew Macklin, when attempting to regain the crown at Brentwood on Saturday.

Elcock, sensationally stopped inside three rounds by Macklin at the Aston Events Centre in March, gets his surprise chance to win back the title against Watford’s Darren Barker, whose Commonwealth title will also be at stake.

Barker, whose last fight saw him stop Wolverhampton’s Darren McDermott inside four rounds, has 20 wins from 20 contests, 13 of which have ended in stoppages. This is undoubtedly Elcock’s last chance at the big time and he will make the most of it but 27 year old Barker should be too young and strong for the Brummie veteran. I hope I’m wrong, though. The fight is due to be shown live on ITV4.

Meanwhile First Team have two intriguing bills taking place locally over the weekend. Their first show, at the Tower Ballroom on Friday, sees Stafford light welterweight Rob Hunt attempting to get back to winning ways after losing his 100% record in a draw with Chris Long in April. Hunt is up against Sheffield veteran Daniel Thorpe over six rounds.

Ben Wilkes of Wolverhampton is aiming to make it five wins from five starts when fighting outside his native city for the first time. He’ll be facing Swansea middleweight Chris Brophy.

Birmingham lightweight Chris Truman is another young unbeaten fighter, his record is two out of two and he’ll be up against a fellow Brummie from the other end of the experience scale, 36 year old Sid Razak.

Wolverhampton middleweight Myles Holder will also be in action, against Dave Sadler of Leeds.

Saturday sees a show at the Venue in Dudley, headlined by Jamie Ball of Coseley against an opponent to be announced. Ball, runner-up to former world amateur champion Frankie Gavin in the 2008 Midlands Area Council’s Best Prospect award, has notched up eight straight wins and is hoping to move into title contention soon.

Unbeaten Tipton light welter Rob Doody will be looking for his fourth win against Dudley’s Martin Gordon, winner of his last two bouts.

Hometown featherweight Dean Anderson will be making his debut against Wolverhampton’s Delroy Spencer, veteran of over a hundred fights, while another debutant is Stourbridge super-feather Spencer Evans.

Tividale welterweight Jason Welborn also continues his comeback after almost three years out of the ring.

The shows at the Tower and the Venue are promoted by First Team, doors open at 7 and the first bout begins at eight. For ticket details call 07976 283 157


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