Liverpool’s Carly Skelly (3-0) was due to challenge for the vacant Commonwealth Female super-bantamweight title against Southam’s Amy Timlin (4-0) in a tantalizing clash of two unbeaten fighters, which has now been unfortunately delayed.
The undefeated super-bantamweights were set to lock horns on Friday, October 2 at Bowler’s Exhibition Centre in Manchester on a Kieran Farrell Promotions show, live on FITE.TV.
Due to the government’s guidelines and new conditions being brought into place, the decision was made to defer to a later date, yet to be confirmed.
Trained by Kieran Farrell, 20-year-old Timlin is 13 years Skelly’s junior. Nicknamed the ‘Lion Heart, she began her combat career as a kick boxer out of Wayne Elcock’s Boxing Academy at a very young age and went on to win British, European and World titles, as well as many other accolades before joining the amateur boxing ranks in 2017 under the guidance of Frankie Gavin.
Boxing out of North Mersey ABC with trainer Sid Sidankey, full-time pediatric nurse and mother of two boys, Skelly only began training aged 29 to take part in a charity boxing event, which is when she discovered her natural talent. She then went on to become an ABA finalist and England representative in a very short space of time before turning pro in 2019.
On hearing the disappointing news, she said: "I'm gutted but not surprised as this is now the third date I've been given and fell through yet again.
"A part of me believes this is down to Amy's team protecting her and giving her more time to prepare as they know it's a big ask of her this early on in her career.
"All us boxers are warriors and just want to fight, including me and Amy, I believe she wants the fight just as much as me. So I hope her manager, Dave Coldwell, can pull a few strings and get this fight on the platform it deserves to be on."
Skelly often visits her manager Paul Stevenson’s thriving Everton Red Triangle gym to spar with some of the talented lads there. Stevenson trains a septet of unbeaten professionals that include Brad Strand (4-0, 1KO); super-featherweight Nick Ball (13-0, 6KOs); featherweight Andrew Cain (6-0, 6KOs); super-flyweight Connor Butler (4-0-1, 1KO); super-middleweight Harry Woods (4-0); super-lightweight Jonathan Walsh (4-0, 1KO); and welterweight Jack McKinlay (2-0).
The renewed date for Timlin-Skelly will be announced in due course.
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