If 'change is as good as a rest' then Tommy Frank is onto a good thing. The unbeaten flyweight, 13-0 (3), will now face Mexico's Rosendo Hugo Guarneros at Sheffield Arena on December 11 for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Inter-Continental Title, making that his third slated opponent in as many months.
Tommy was originally due to face fellow Sheffield fighter, Kyle Yousaf, for the Lonsdale Belt but that match fell through after Yousaf tested positive for Covid-19. Rising prospect Harvey Horn was then drafted into the opposite corner, only for that fight to fall by the wayside in recent days.
Now, 'Super' Tommy will take on Mexican Guarneros on the UK's first ever drive-in boxing show, live on Eurosport, in what will be a good indicator of level for Frank. The South American is known to British fight fans having shared a ring with Sunny Edwards in September last year; with Sheffield-based Edwards handily beating the tough guy over 10 rounds. Guarneros, 30, will have good ambition coming into the bout, having lost just four times in 23 outings, and with a reputation for Mexican grit.
It's been a morale-sapping year for Tommy, 27, who saw his dream of fighting for the International Boxing Organisation (IBO) World Title snatched away in March after the national lockdown put paid to sport in the UK. An ultimate professional, the 'Steel City' fighter has remained in the gym throughout 2020 and will want to see out the year by taking out his frustration on late sub, Guarneros.
"We couldn't make the Harvey Horn fight for the British Title, and then were going to do it for the IBF European belt, but ultimately couldn't agree terms," explained promoter Dennis Hobson, who has been working on a replacement opponent alongside partner, Steve Crump. "Obviously with the show just a couple of weeks away, we've had to move quickly to secure an opponent, and Steve and I have managed to get in Guarneros.
"I have a really good relationship with the IBF and have managed to make this for the Inter-Continental Title, which is prestigious with the IBF and will give the winner a world rating. This kid is going to be a tough test. Sunny Edwards is close to world level and he fought him just a couple of fights ago, and he had to get on his bike because the Mexican was causing some problems and giving him a test. This fight is at least at the same level, if not better, than Kyle Yousaf or Harvey Horn.
"It's a really good yardstick for Tommy to see what level he's at. We believe we are at the same level as Sunny, and think that's a world title fight further down the line, so this fight will be a good marker. This'll be a cracking fight to watch, because Mexican's aren't known for taking a backward step. Tommy will use his skills but he won't be too far out of distance either; he'll also be on his front foot and mix it up more than Sunny, which can make him more vulnerable.
"Styles make fights, I'm pleased we've finally secured Guarneros. Tommy might feel he has a point to prove and may want to get him out of there at some point too."
Dennis Hobson Promotions presents an evening of boxing at Sheffield Arena on December 11, headlined by Tommy Frank and Mexico’s Rosendo Hugo Guarneros contesting the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) Inter-Continental Flyweight Title.
Chief support sees Kane Salvin and Sufyaan Ahmed fight for the Central Area Super Featherweight belt. Also appearing will be Sheffield’s Perry Howe and Keanen Wainwright, Lancashire’s Josh Holmes and Zak Miller, Belfast’s Cathy McAleer, and Rotherham’s Kash Ali.
The action will be broadcast live by Eurosport.
For ticket information, call 0114 243 4443.