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Our boxing blogger previews Friday night’s Battle of the Brummies at Aston Events Centre – which has a pretty tasty undercard too, including some bloke called Tyson (honest!)

Friday night sees another top-quality bill at the Aston Events Centre, and this one couldn’t have a more local flavour as Wayne Elcock defends his British middleweight title against fellow Brummie Matthew Macklin in the biggest all-Birmingham clash for years.

Elcock’s previous defence of his title, in June 2008, ended in controversial circumstances when a clash of heads with opponent Darren McDermott saw the challenger forced to retire in the second round with a horrendous cut to the cheek.

Before that, Elcock was stopped in five when challenging Arthur Abraham for the IBF world title. 35 year old Elcock, who won the domestic crown by beating veteran Howard Eastman on points in 2007, has a record of 19 wins (nine inside the distance) and three defeats.

His opponent is younger at 26, with a record that’s better on paper, having lost just twice and won 23 times (16 stoppages). However, he hasn’t fought the level of opponent Elcock has been up against, and his only previous attempts at winning a British title ended in defeat when he was knocked out in ten rounds by light-middle champion Jamie Moore.

It’s a fight given added needle by Macklin’s claims that Elcock has been avoiding him, to which the champion’s trainer, Paddy Lynch, replied “Talk is cheap....You only have to compare their records and the calibre of the opposition. Macklin got beat by a journeyman for the English title then got put in hospital when he fought for the British title at light-middle.” There’s obviously no love lost between Lynch and Macklin, who started his career under the guidance of the Dubin-born trainer.

It’s undoubtedly Macklin’s biggest test, and I believe his youth and Elcock’s recent inactivity (one fight in 15 months) will see a points win or possibly a late stoppage for the challenger and new undisputed middleweight champion of Birmingham.

The chief support sees Adnan Amar of Nottingham defend his English welterweight title against Tom Glover of Colchester. Glover won the Southern Area belt in his last fight but Amar should have little trouble in extending his record of 22 wins and one defeat, although he may have to go the distance.

Also in action is one of the great hopes of British boxing, the aptly-named Tyson Fury. Former ABA heavyweight champion Fury (yes, it’s his real name) is becoming as well-known in boxing circles for his outspoken proclamations as well as his explosive style – after just three inside the distance wins he’s already talking about cleaning up the domestic scene en route to a world title shot. Fury will be facing Lee Swaby in a six round contest and should find the Lincoln fighter more durable than his previous opponents.

Black Country super-featherweight Chris Male, unbeaten in three pro contests, will be in action against an opponent to be named, while super-middleweight Quinton Hillocks, of Dudley, follows up his debut victory in a four round contest with Sheffield’s Lee Duncan.

The bill will be completed by Brummie welterweight Callum Archer, whose opponent is also yet to be announced.

Tickets start at £40 and can be obtained from Hennessy Sports on 0844-888 4402



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