Margate boxer, Edward Leach was all set to make his professional debut on July 11th at Medway Park in Gillingham on a Joe Elfidh Promotions show until injury struck just a few weeks before.
The 23-year-old super-featherweight prospect sustained a break in his right hand that subsequently ruined his chances of fighting in July.
“I damaged it a few months ago and kept training on it, thinking it’ll be ok,” said a deflated Edward Leach. “I had an x-ray and was told that it was all fine but then I got a call the next day and was told there was actually a crack in the lower part of my hand.”
He continued to explain, “I’ve got to go back in six weeks to see the consultant but I’m going to be able to carry on with strength and fitness training, just won’t be punching again until September.
“It’s disheartened me but that’s the joys of boxing and you have to get through things like this to get stronger, you go down in the dumps thinking it’s all over then you pick yourself up again.”
Leach was due to face travelling opponent, Robbie Forster (0-2) from Wales.
“I’m hoping to get the same opponent,” said Leach. “I’m sure the next show is planned for September time.”
The former England amateur is trained by his father, Neil and older brother, Ricky – also a professional boxer operating in the bantamweight division. The trio train together in the Isle of Thanet Boxing Club.
Leach boxed for England on several occasions in the amateurs, reached the semi-finals of the ABA’s and also won the HSK Box Cup in Denmark.
Newly-formed promotional outfit, JE Promotions is headed by former pro boxer, Joe Elfidh. Of his manager, Edward praised, “He’s the nicest geezer I’ve ever met, if I’ve got problems then he’s the man I come to, I couldn’t see myself with anyone else to be honest.”
The JE Promotions show proudly features eight boxers all from the county of Kent including a quartet of unbeaten prospects – Grant Dennis, Dave Jones, Ricky Rose and Oli Edwards.
Leach’s sparring partner, Chris Matthews becomes the only boxer to make his pro bow on the night. The featherweight from Maidstone takes on Lithuanian journeyman, Aivaras Balsys (1-16-2).
Light-heavyweight, Dan Woodgate (12-2) from Minster returns to the venue that paid witness to his failed Southern Area title bid in September 2013. The International Masters champion has only fought twice since and goes up against Lithuanian, Rolandas Cesna (3-26-2) over eight rounds in what will be his 15th professional contest.
Exciting super-middleweight, Grant Dennis (3-0) hasn’t conceded a single round yet and will be looking to extend his winning run against tough journeyman, Dee Mitchell (10-75-2).
33-year-old heavyweight, Dave Lee Jones (3-0) from Queenborough will be looking to extend his unbeaten streak against 35-year-old, Igoris Barucha (9-29-3). The Lithuanian’s last three fights have included a win, loss and draw but has yet to conquer a British boxer.
Sheerness 20-year-old middleweight boxer, Oli Edwards (1-0) will be looking to double his win tally against 29-year-old journeyman, Harjinder Gill (0-14-1).
Chatham light-middleweight Ricky Rose (2-0) gets a tough test on fight night against former English title challenger, Liam Richards (11-11). The 28-year-old travelling opponent from Wiltshire is vastly experienced having been involved in five title fights so far in his six year long career.
Lightweight boxer, Zeki Hussein (0-1) from Gillingham will be hunting for his first win after losing on his debut to Barnsley southpaw, Lee Gibbons (1-2) well over a year ago at London’s York Hall.
Light-heavyweight Haidar Sadik (0-6) from Rochester will be hunting for his first win in his seventh fight in the paid ranks as he goes up against seasoned veteran, Mitch Mitchell (6-39-2) over four rounds. ‘Mad Mitch’ will be confident coming into this bout off the back of a rare win.
Edward would like to thank his sponsors Pingala Media and Sheldons Public House and A.S.K Access Solutions Kent and PR Manager Tim Rickson
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