Tommy Frank aims to claim the IBO Inter-Continental title at new weight

Undefeated Tommy Frank says he is overwhelmed with the support is getting in his home city of Sheffield, as he prepares to co-headline at the Ponds Forge Arena on November 29, live on Freesports (Freeview 64; Sky 422; Virgin 553; Freesat 252; TalkTalk 64; BT 64).

The huge Sheffield United fan received a rapturous reception at the weekend, when he was introduced on the Bramall Lane pitch at half time, in a game that saw the ‘Blades’ beat Burnley 3-0.

Frank – the Commonwealth Super Flyweight champion, and WBC International Silver Super Flyweight Title holder – is currently 12-0 (3), and will move down in weight for this next fight, which sees him taking on Mexico’s Martin Tecuapetla for the vacant International Boxing Organisation (IBO) Inter-Continental Flyweight Title.

Tecuapetla is far more experienced than Tommy, with a ledger of 15-11-4 (10).  The Mexico City native has knocked out 10 opponents, only been stopped twice in his 11 career defeats, and fought for the IBF World Light Flyweight belt in 2016, losing a split decision verdict in Japan.  The 29-year-old also went the distance with former world flyweight champion, Cristofer Rosales, as recently as 2017.

Co-headlining alongside Tommy, will be Barnsley’s Josh Wale, 29-11-2 (14).  The former British Bantamweight champion, and European Title challenger, is now campaigning at 9st and will face Ghana’s Felix Williams for the IBO International Featherweight crown.  Wale, who is always in an entertaining fight, could have his hands full with Williams.  From the city of Accra, the African has lost just once in 28 fights, and KO’d 20 of his opponents.

“It’s always an honour and a pleasure to be invited down by Sheffield United, and to go out on that pitch,” said Frank, 26.  “It’s not just the Blades fans, but it feels like all of Sheffield is starting to get behind me, and I’m really happy I can give the people of Sheffield something to follow. 

“This is just the start of my journey too, we’re moving onto the bigger fights, and it’s a great feeling to have my home city behind me.  The city has had some great champions, and I want to take Sheffield back up the boxing ladder again.”

Dennis Hobson Promotions, in association with JJ Crump, present an evening of boxing at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge Arena on November 29.  Topping the bill will be Sheffield’s Tommy Frank and Barnsley’s Josh Wale. 

Appearing on the undercard will be Rotherham’s Kash Ali, returning from his ban, and Sheffield’s Nicolie Campbell, Sufyaan Ahmed, Perry Howe and Kane Salvin.

For ticket information, call 0114 243 4443.

The show will be televised live on Freesports (Freeview 64; Sky 422; Virgin 553; Freesat 252; TalkTalk 64; BT 64).