Harry Woods vs Victor Edagha

Unbeaten Harry Woods only focused on himself as he approaches third pro fight

Published On Tuesday, September 17, 2019By Tim Rickson

Super-middleweight prospect Harry Woods is focused on being the best version of himself to stay undefeated

Merseyside middleweight prospect Harry Woods (2-0) is back in action on September 21 at the Greenbank Sports Academy in Liverpool on a Black Flash Promotions event titled, September Showdown’.

24-year-old Woods, who trains at the Everton Red Triangle Gym with coach Paul Stevenson, is searching for his third professional win.

The former England amateur representative talked excitedly about his latest training camp, “I’ve had a really good camp, to be fair; each fight and every camp I’ve had, I feel I’m getting there, by listening to Paul and keep improving, and I just see myself getting better.”

Woods faces London-based Italian boxer Victor Edagha (2-63-3), who held home fighter Mick Mills to a draw in his last fight.

The 68-fight veteran's vaster experience doesn’t faze the fledgling pro, he said, “I go into the fight not worrying about the opposite corner, it don’t bother me who I’m fighting, I just focus on myself and just go into the ring with that mindset, and if stoppage comes with it then I do want to be getting people out of there.”

Woods started training aged 11 at Kirkby ABC and came through the amateurs to the pros with teammates Jonathan Walsh, Bradley Strand, Connor Butler, and Nick Ball, who all appear alongside him on the September 21 show.

The fighting family at Everton Red Triangle are very tight-knit and all help to bring each other on.

Woods enthused, “I think we all better each other, the way Paul [Stevenson] coaches us, with the many different attributes we all have, it works to bring each other on. I’m lucky as a middleweight, because I can use things from the lighter weights, like Nick Ball, and use it in my game. Also, I train with heavyweight Alex Dickinson and take little bits from him as well and everyone else to help bring us all on.”

The unbeaten middleweight’s next outing at Greenbank Sports Academy will be his second stint there in under five months, and he’ll be due back there again on November 30 for the next Black Flash Promotions event.

“I expect to be back out there on the next show,” he confirmed. “I’m just focused on getting my record up, as long as I know I’m getting better in the gym with each camp then I just leave all the title fights to Paul to decide and I just focus on getting the wins in and the stoppages.”

Unbeaten Nick Ball (9-0) headlines the 12-fight card, searching for his 10th professional victory against former London 2012 Olympian Abdon Cesar (3-9).

23-year-old Haringey Box Cup winner Jonathan Walsh (2-0) joins teammates Harry and Nick, as he looks to complete a hat trick of wins against 41-year-old Syrian veteran Youssef Al Hamidi (16-124-5) over four rounds at super-lightweight.

Four-time national amateur champion Andrew Cain (3-0) and three-time national amateur champion Connor Butler (3-0) each strive to continue their winning runs on the undercard.

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, and 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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