City fighters ready to go in search of title honours
COSMO Gym boxers will be chasing titles in the coming weeks with Jamie Speight and Dave 'Dezzy' O'Connor spearheading the city stable's charge.
Speight challenges Josh Warrington for the English featherweight title in Leeds on March 22, while O'Connor is matched with Tyler Goodjohn for the British Masters light welterweight crown in Essex on April 5.
And although not fighting for a championship belt, Dean Mills can give his career a lift when he meets David Burke on the undercard of a British heavyweight bill in Liverpool on February 23.
Burke is a former British and Commonwealth lightweight champion, who is making his ring comeback aged 38 against Mills as part of the bill which features David Price's heavyweight joust with Tony Thompson at the Echo Arena.
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Cosmo Gym matchmaker and manager, Rocky Christian, anticipates giving O'Connor a 'tune-up bout' before his 10-rounder with Goodjohn.
But, said Christian, he would not risk an injury or cut to Speight ahead of the latter's clash with Warrington, as an English title would 'put him in the mix for an eliminator for the British championship'.
But Christian admitted he would consider a warm-up contest for O'Connor, probably in Swansea at the start of March.
"These are really good opportunities for the lads to kick on this year," said Christian.
"I'd say all the bouts are 50/50, although it's a step up for Jamie, but it's a case of whoever wants it most.
"There's no doubt that Jamie can do himself a big, big favour career-wise if he wins the English title – that's just one below fighting for the British version.
"It will also continue Jamie's series of 10-round championship bouts which has included winning a Southern Area (super featherweight) title.
"So, it's a terrific opportunity for him and also for Dezzy and for Dean who can put himself in the shop window on a big show in Liverpool."
Christian said he may also give a debut to ring rookie Ben Zacharkiw in Swansea, the former Pilgrims ABC lightweight having turned pro with Cosmo just before Christmas, while super-middleweight Angelo Crowe is close to making his comeback.
"Things are ticking over nicely at the start of the year at the gym.
"Hopefully, we can enhance the boxers' and the club's reputation with a nice couple of titles," added Christian.