Reigning Central Area cruiserweight champion Wayne Adeniyi (11-0) has had confirmation of his next fight scheduled for November 20th at Deeside Leisure Centre in Flintshire.
The unbeaten Merseyside boxer will participate in a six three-minute rounds contest against an opponent yet to be confirmed on a Longshots Sports promoted show, headed by Jason McClory.
“November 20th it’s looking like,” said former England amateur captain, Adeniyi. “My manager Steve Wood has been on the phone this week and it’s all confirmed I’ll be in another six-rounder.”
The 32-year-old from Rock Ferry has not fought for over six months since defeating Elvis Dube on points in March this year, but is readying himself for big fights in the new season.
He commented, “I’m made up that I’ve got a date now to get focused and just press on now. “Hopefully I’ll be boxing again in December and hopefully something else will unfold like another title maybe.”
The current Central Area cruiserweight champion won the vacant title with a close-fought small hall thriller against Carl Dilks in December last year at the Liverpool Olympia, and has recently decided to move his training camp to London with experienced coach Johnny Eames.
“I’ll be back down with Johnny Eames in London in a six week training camp,” he said. “I was training with my old coach George Scofield and was also training with Peter Phelan on opposite sides of the city and, with not driving at the moment, the day-to-day routine was too much and I just couldn’t settle into a regular routine this year.
“I found it better to take myself down to London, where my dad lives, and there’s more opportunities available.”
Johnny Eames operates out of Newham ABC and also trains unbeaten lightweight Mickey O’Rourke (4-0) and manages English light-welterweight champion Tommy Martin (11-0), who just recently added the WBA Continental title to his collection with a win over Michael Devine (13-4-1) at the O2 Arena on September 12th.
Of the newly-formed relationship, Adeniyi observed, “Linking up with Johnny Eames has been great, he is a good coach.
“We’ve just clicked and he’s really understanding, a very knowledgeable coach, and a good fella so it was a no-brainer for me to get down there to London to work with him.”
Opponent has yet to be confirmed but Lancashire cruiserweight Martyn Grainger (8-9) has cropped up as a potential candidate.
“Potentially be boxing Martyn Grainger,” confirmed Adeniyi. “He’s boxed at a decent level so it’s not going to be no easy task. He’s from Manchester and he’s fought at heavyweight as well.”
Grainger has not been stopped for over five years, the last boxer to do so was an up-and-coming David Price in March 2010, who went on to finish 13 of his first 15 opponents early.
Of his plans for the rest of the year, the cruiserweight prospect enlightened, “I had a few distractions in Merseyside so I’m looking to knuckle down now and fight in November and to then move forward and defend my title or box for another title in December.” He added, “I’m hoping to box twice before the end of the year and I want to box around five times next year.”
The 200lbs division is currently topped by British, Commonwealth and WBA Continental champion Ovill ‘The Upsetter’ McKenzie (25-13) who just recently lost out on the IBF World title in a controversial draw with the title-holder Victor Emilio Ramirez. Adeniyi is hovering intently just outside of the top ten, “I’ve had a few phone calls already off the lads in the top ten but we just haven’t been ready yet because we only just got back in the gym. “I’ll be happy to box a decent fighter in my next fight to get me back into it but after that I’m ready to fight anyone in the top ten.
“I just believe that I’m the best in the division and I’m not even going to talk about anyone else. I have got bags of respect for everyone above me in the division, there’s some serious boxers in there but I’m sure that I’m the best in there, I’ve just got to get settled into my training routine and rise to the top.” Matty Fagan (8-1) tops the bill in a 10-round light-welterweight contest.
The 27-year-old local lad defeated 29-year-old Newark boxer Adam Kettlebrough (8-1) in his last fight in Ellesmere Port, who next challenges for the vacant Midlands Area lightweight title the following day in Villa Park, Birmingham. The only other 10-rounder includes 33-year-old Kerry Evans (5-0) from Wrexham in a light-welterweight match.
23-year-old Ellesmere Port rising star Mason Cartwight (4-0) competes in a light-middleweight six-rounder.
Nicknamed ‘Nutty’, the Chester-born boxer scalped two-time Southern Area champion and English title challenger Ryan Toms (13-10-2) in his last fight in July in his Cheshire hometown.
Unbeaten Welshman Cameron Halfpenny (2-0-2) participates in a six-round light-middleweight contest. Merseysider Steve Williams (15-3) completes the line-up with a four-round welterweight bout.
‘The Wallasey Express’, a former English champion, will be looking to bounce back after recently losing out on the vacant WBA Inter-Continental light-welterweight strap in Italy after failing to come out of his corner for round eight against Luca Giacon (24-1).
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