Liam Desmond in fourth pro bout this weekend

Tim Rickson 12/03/2015

Essex boxer Liam Desmond 3-0-0 has had his next opponent changed from Dan Blackwell 6-42-0 to middleweight Rob Brown 1-0-0 just two weeks before fight night as each winning boxer looks to extend their unbeaten records at the expense of the other’s at the Civic Hall in Grays on March 14th on a Carl Greaves Promotions show.

Someone’s ‘0’ has got to go in this intriguing clash scheduled for four three-minute rounds at middleweight that sees two undefeated fledgling pros each coming into the fight having beaten the same opponent in their previous bout – both defeating Keiran Gray on points over four rounds last year.

The 21-year-old from Corringham, Essex was due to tackle Dan Blackwell originally but his trainer pulled him out last week as Desmond explained, “I don’t actually know the full reason why he pulled out but Carl Greaves got a text to say that Blackwell’s out and he had got another fella from the same gym as him, Rob Brown, his trainer just straight away said the swap was there.

“I know he’s had one fight and won it and that it was Kieran Gray who I last boxed, that’s really all I know about him.

“To be honest, I haven’t seen much of him but it’s where different styles come into it, watching him you can get a rough idea, you work him out anyway in the fight. That’s one skill I’ve got that I can work people out pretty quick, I can adapt well to anyone I fight. It comes with a bit of experience I suppose and from sparring.”

Desmond will be marking his first year as pro on March 14th after three straight wins during 2014 scalping Liam Griffiths 3-49-1 on his debut on March 15th with a shut-out points victory, defeating tough journeyman Dee Mitchell 10-73-2 in July and his latest win came in the form of Kieron Gray 7-38-1 in November as he just edged a points decision at 39-38, all at the familiar setting of the Civic Hall in Grays, Essex.

In his fourth training camp as a professional boxer, the 21-year-old commented, “My preparations have gone really, really well, it’s been a hard camp, I’m ready to go now, this last week is just about staying sharp but I feel really good. Fourth training camp as a pro now, it’s not getting any easier but you sort of know what’s coming, you ache and feel pain but you know it’s coming so you know to expect it.”

After three fights unbeaten, the likeable middleweight’s profile and fan base is beginning to build with each win, “I’ve done really well with tickets, probably the best I’ve ever done. From my last fight I’ve doubled the ticket sales, getting more and more of a following now, the £35 tickets have sold really well. I’m in the news a lot more and people are starting to take notice now.”

The young prospect trains with respected coach Kevin Lilley at the Fight Farm Gym in Basildon, Essex alongside teammates Darrel Church 2-0-0, Vinzenz Kuech 5-0-0, Joe Jackson 0-0-0, Paul Hilz 1-0-0 and Mickey Steeds 13-61-1.

At just 21-years-old, Liam can already boast over a decade of experience in boxing taking to the ring for the first time at only 11-years-old. The young prospect began boxing aged eight for Newham ABC in Stratford and then went on to box for West Ham ABC under the guidance of legendary boxing coach Mickey May. As an amateur, the Essex boy was a London ABA champion four times and a Haringey Box Cup winner.

The rest of the action on the night features unbeaten southpaw Johnny Coyle 8-0-0 in an eight round welterweight contest.

Another unbeaten southpaw Vinzenz Kuech 5-0-0 also enters in to an eight round contest at welterweight.

Brett Saggs looks forward to a busy campaign with this scheduled four round welterweight fight his second of the year as he is booked to fight at the Camden Centre on February 7th on a Helraiser promotions show. The 23-year-old will be looking to come out of this fight with his fifth straight win.

Trainer-come-boxer Frank Greaves 0-1-0 will be seeking his first win after losing on his debut to former Southern Area welterweight champion Gavin Tait 14-10-0 in November last year.

Debutant light-heavyweight boxer, Joe Jackson Brown from Banbury, Oxfordshire is a product of the hugely successful Queensbury Boxing League run by former English welterweight champion, Ross Minter. The 22-year-old, also coached by Kevin Lilly, embarks upon his professional debut over four rounds against an opponent yet to be named.

The show features an array of local talent and promises to be a sold-out event, Desmond’s own support has been building since joining the paid ranks in March last year, “I’m having a few people asking me now so I’m getting a lot better fan base now off the back of my performances. It seems people are hearing about me now,” concluded Desmond.

Tickets to the show are priced at £35 for standard and £50 for ringside and available from Team Desmond on 07518 183875. Follow Liam Desmond on Twitter @liam_desmond