Fight fans promised electric atmosphere in Dudley

First published in Sport

DUDLEY'S boxing fans have been promised an electric atmosphere when paid pugilism returns to the town on Saturday, June 7.

It’s a homecoming for five of the seven fighters who all train at Priory Park Boxing Club.

Ryan Aston tops the bill at The Venue as he performs as a professional on his own turf for the first time, dropping down to light middleweight to tackle Terry Carruthers in a potentially-explosive top liner.

Coseley’s Ryan Corrigan, Bloxwich’s Luke Paddock, Tipton’s Ricky Summers and debutant Jamie Gelder also appear, along with Birmingham duo Paul Holt and John Hutchinson.

Promoter Paul ‘PJ’ Rowson, who lives in Sedgley, used to regularly promote pro shows at Dudley Town Hall and is delighted to be returning to Dudley.

He said: “It’s been four years plus since I have put something on around here and it’s a proper boxing town. It’s bound to be an electric atmosphere.

“There’s always been overwhelming support for fighters in Dudley and the lads have asked me to put this show on. I am pleased to be able to do it.”

Summers is going up a weight to light heavy, when he steps through the ropes with Hull’s Luke Allon for six rounds in chief support.

Aston has been pitted against Birmingham’s Carruthers, a former Midlands champion, for a tough first outing in the division.

Rowson added: “I have been following Ryan’s career for the best part of 15 years, since he first laced up a glove.

“It’s great that he’s going to be boxing as a professional in Dudley for the first time, but this is a huge drop in weight and a big risk for him.

“Terry is so tough and the Brummies are notorious for coming to the Black Country on raids. He won’t be coming to lose, I can assure you of that.”

For more information, call promoter Rowson on 07976 283 157. The Venue can be contacted on 01384 459 800.

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