A solid selection of boxing bangers hits Tolworth Recreation Centre on Saturday, November 6, as promoter Dean Whyte plots an exciting ‘Boxing Heist’ fight card. Fans will get the chance to view some future title aspirants up close and personal as the next crop continues to break through the ranks.
Leading the pack is TONY BANGE, who faces FERNANDO VALENCIA. Eager to shake off the rust and place his career firmly back on track, Bange is all about putting on a show for the paying public.
“I’m training with Dean, and he gets me sparring partners from anywhere,” said Bange, who’s been working hard behind the scenes.
“We’ve done a lot of tickets. I spoke to Dean, and he said we’ll get one or two fights and then see about getting a title fight.”
Currently sporting a 7-1 slate, “TNT” was dealt a blow in his last contest when unheralded Lithuanian, Edvinas Puplauskas, stunned Tony in the York Hall. No stranger to an upset win, Puplauskas also surprised Liverpool’s Tom Farrell in his most recent outing and has gone rounds with the likes of Liam Taylor and current British and Commonwealth welterweight champion Ekow Essuman.
Bange is viewing the defeat as a learning experience: “I got a cut over the eye, and I couldn’t see what was going on. I’d never been in that situation before.”
Defeating Mexican veteran Valencia in Tolworth will help ease Bange back onto the title pathway.
Training out of the renowned Peacock Gym, the talented AARON PROSPERE is another fighter to keep tabs on. Absent from the ring for an extended period, the former England Development Squad member has been kept busy with hard training and plenty of sparring to help eliminate ring rust.
“I’m expecting a good crowd. I’m looking forward to it,” said Prospere, who enjoyed a late 2019 debut win before the pandemic curtailed his plans for progression.
“It feels like my debut all over again! I had him [debut opponent Stu Greener] down in the first and the third, but I didn’t press for the stoppage.”
Content to get the rounds in on that occasion, the hot prospect looks to continue where he left off almost two years ago. The next fight is a scheduled four-rounder before jumping to six rounds and moving up in levels. Prospere has big long-term ambitions and believes he can achieve major honours in the sport.
Making up the rest of the card are Croydon’s 2-0 Ziggy Macauley, debutant Alfie Clegg, tall St Albans resident “Gorgeous” George Mitchell and 3-0 Pakistani native Mohammad Ali Malik.
Seeking to inject some momentum into grassroots boxing, Dean Whyte’s purpose is to provide a platform for talent while exhibiting his skills as a manager and promoter.
Putting together a string of boxers from diverse backgrounds, no matter where the fighters are from, the opportunity to impress is open.
“I want to put on the best show I can, with the best production I can, for the guys that don’t have the opportunity to fight on the Frank Warren or Matchroom [shows],” said Whyte.
“This is an opportunity for me, as someone who has grown in the sport and is very passionate about the sport, to provide a platform for these fighters to showcase their skills.”