Bellingham prepares for tough Coles at Guildhall
JACK BELLINGHAM will make his first ring appearance since becoming national champion at his host club Pilgrims ABC's bumper boxing show at the Guildhall tomorrow (7.30pm).
Bellingham captured the ABA Senior Novice light middleweight (Class B) title in December and will be bidding to reproduce his championship-winning form in front of his own city supporters tomorrow.
The 22-year-old is matched with hugely experienced Cornish boxer Anthony Coles, of Camborne ABC.
Coles has won 36 and lost 37 career bouts and is expected to give the Plymothian a testing time.
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Bellingham returned from the senior novice champs in Sunderland before Christmas accompanied by Plympton ABC's Mikey Dann, who was awarded a walkover (Class A) verdict when his light heavyweight opponent James Maughan, of Liverpool, failed to show up for the final.
The 21-year-old is the cousin of former British and Commonwealth middleweight champion, Scott 'Dynamite' Dann.
Bellingham outpointed Private Tom Barry, of the Army, over four rounds to give the city club their first national champion.
In the mix for tomorrow's 15-bout open show is a derby clash between highly-rated local boxers, Pilgrims' Jack Dickerson and Devonport ABC's Brad Bugdale, which is matched in the 48kg body-weight category.
Pilgrims, who will have 11 boxers on show, have matched hard-hitting pair Saul Nicholls, of the host club and Nick Miller of Plympton-based Carl's Boxing Stable for what is expected to be an explosive middleweight bout.
Another fine local prospect, Chris Adaway, is expected to come under fire in his scheduled contest with Wales' Romeo Romero, who travels to Plymouth looking to avenge a pre-Christmas defeat.
Featherweight Adaway was decked in the second round by Romero at Mayflower's dinner show at the Duke of Cornwall.
The 19-year-old Plymothian recovered and went on to outpoint Romero in impressive fashion.
Pilgrims' coach Glyn Mitchell said the open show, his club's first of the season, will have something for everyone.
Mitchell said: "We've got our national champion appearing and I know Jack will be keen to show off his skills.
"All the bouts, not just the senior ones, are 50-50, so there's no givens.
"The home boxers will have to work hard and reproduce what they show in the gym in order to win.
"Hopefully, it will make for an interesting and exciting evening's boxing. If ticket sales are anything to go by, the public are already looking forward to the show."
PLYMOUTH pugilists Jack Bellingham, of Pilgrims ABC, and Mayflower trio Howard and Ryan Hart and Chris Adaway, travel to Aldershot on February 10 for further England trials.
The quartet attended England selection trials at Broadplain ABC in Bristol last weekend and have been invited back for the next camp.