Another great night of boxing awaits Fightzone viewers on Friday June 18, with Sheffield’s Tommy Frank headlining in a crossroads career fight.
The popular flyweight meets former opponent Rosendo Hugo Guarneros at the Sheffield Fightzone Arena, hoping to reverse the only defeat on his 13-1 (3) record and pick up the IBF Inter-Continental Flyweight Title.
The pair met in December last year with Guarneros upsetting the odds and returning to Mexico with the belt. In an entertaining tussle, the action was hotting up before being dramatically halted with a disconsolate Frank forced to retire after eight rounds with an injury.
Determined to get his career back on track, ‘Super’ Tommy has absolute tunnel vision on Guaneros. The North American has lost just four times in 24 outings – one of those reverses coming to IBF World Flyweight Champ Sunny Edwards – and is a typical tough Mexican operator.
With Sheffield rival Edwards on Fightzone commentary duties on the night and with the pair on a collision course if they both keep winning, Tommy cannot afford another slip up and says he is totally focused on the immediate challenge ahead of him.
“I can’t thank my team enough for getting me this opportunity. It was my first defeat and I want to right that wrong, put it to bed and prove I’m the better fighter. It’s been a while to get here, but I can’t wait for my chance at redemption. I’m approaching this like the first fight never happened. It’s back to square one; it’s a fight I need to win to get back in the IBF world rankings and push on with my career.
“I’m expecting a better version of Guaneros, he’s coming back over here as the champion, and that will give him confidence. He’ll be ring walking and weighing in second, you have to give him respect and he’ll be well up for it. He knows he hit the jackpot in December, and he’s not going to want to let go of that title. I wasn’t finding him too difficult first time around and felt like the fight was going my way before the injury, but I’m expecting him to be sharper and stronger … and that is OK because I will be as well.”
The pick of the undercard will see Leeds’ exciting former English middleweight champ Reece Cartwright, 22-1 (13), return to the ring after over two years out. Also on the card will be Sheffield fighters Keanen Wainwright and Perry Howe; Michael Gomez Jr from Manchester; and debutants Jake Andrew (Oldham), Marshall Gott (Sheffield), Adam Sircat (Buxton) and Linzi Buczynski (Manchester).
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