Nick Ball set for Olympic test in next fight

September Showdown event jam-packed with talent from the Everton Red Triangle gym

Unbeaten featherweight Nick Ball (9-0) is searching for his 10th professional victory against Cameroonian Abdon Cesar (3-9).

The unbeaten prospect from the Everton Red Triangle gym will headline the ‘September Showdown’ Black Flash Promotions card at Greenbank Sports Academy in Liverpool.

The 12-fight card is stacked full of promising talent, mostly from the thriving Everton Red Triangle gym, headed by top trainer Paul Stevenson.

The 100-year old gym is producing a plethora of amateur champions every single season, such as Commonwealth Games and European bantamweight champion Peter McGrail, who has just guaranteed himself a medal at the World championships in Russia.

Headliner Nick Ball goes up against a former Olympian in Cesar, who was well known for disappearing with a few other athletes after the London 2012 Olympics had finished.

The Central African, known as ‘Abdon Mewoli’, who now resides in Stockton-on-Tees, will break a three-year hiatus when he steps through the ropes to face Ball, with his last contest way back in September 2016 against the current British super-featherweight champion Sam Bowen when ‘Bullet’ was just 6-0 at the time.

The 33-year-old occupying the away corner was a bronze medalist in the 2011 All-Africa Games and qualified for the London 2012 Olympics, so will present Ball with a significant test in his 10th contest.

In preparation for his third six-rounder, Ball has been sparring English super-bantamweight champion Michael Ramabeletsa during his training camp.

Ball said of his forthcoming fight, “I will find out on the night what he’s going to bring. I’ve prepared for him how I prepare for all my fights, by pushing myself to the limit and making sure I’m ready for anything.”

The unbeaten powerhouse is riding the crest of a wave that has seen him reel off four straight stoppages, of which he attributes to improvements made in the gym.

“I’m improving every fight, getting stronger and faster,” he said.

Four-time national amateur champion Andrew Cain (3-0) will be chief support in a four-rounder at featherweight against an opponent yet to be named.

Three-time national amateur champion and European bronze medalist Connor Butler (3-0) will be looking for a fourth victory in a four-round bantamweight contest, his opponent also yet to be confirmed.

Nick Ball’s sparring partner Jonathan Walsh (2-0) faces 145-fight veteran Youssef Al Hamidi (16-124-5) in a four-round super-lightweight contest.

Liverpool’s Walsh scored a knockdown in his first fight and is yet to concede a round, winning 40-35 on his pro debut and 40-36 against Bognor Regis’s Carl ‘Tiger’ Turney (0-3) last May.

Merseyside middleweight Harry Woods (2-0) has his third professional bout against London-based Italian Victor Edagha (2-63-3), who took fellow journeyman Mick Mills (1-12-1), fighting in his first ever home show, to a draw in his last bout in Maidstone.

Carly Skelly (1-0) looks to build on her debut win over Bec Connolly (2-5) in another four two-minute rounds contest at bantamweight.

Jack McKinlay, described by his coach Paul Stevenson as a good amateur and a big hitter, will make his pro debut at welterweight against the seasoned Fonz Alexander (7-101).

2018 Senior ABA champion Bradley Strand (1-0) will tackle Batley’s Nabil Ahmed (0-2) over four-rounds at super-bantamweight.

Strand beat fellow debutant Lee Stevens into submission last March after the away fighter from County Durham retired with a badly swollen left eye after round two.

Liverpool super-middleweight southpaw James Heneghan (1-0) has his second professional contest five months after his debut points win over Genadij Krajevski (0-3).

Debutants Michael Hedges (lightweight) and Junior Thompson (super-welterweight) complete the card.


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