George Hennon opponent set for second pro outing on October 17

Tim Rickson 16/09/2015

Maidstone-based welterweight prospect George Hennon (1-0), trained by Johnny and Frank Greaves, has received confirmation of Ali Wyatt (4-27-2) as his next opponent at the Civic Hall in Grays on October 17th on a Carl Greaves Promotions show.

For Iranian boxer Ali Wyatt this will be his 10th fight of this year; for Hennon, just the second fight of his professional career.

21-year-old Hennon from Snodland, Kent said of his opponent, “He looks for the big shots and I know that he’s won four fights and three of those were knockouts.”

Residing in Torquay in Devon, Wyatt floored unbeaten prospect Tony Milch (8-0) in July this year just losing out on pulling off the upset by one point, scored at 38-37 to the Bushey boxer.

The 38-year-old has shared the ring with former English welterweight champion Shayne Singleton and due to his ring experience and volume of fights, is currently sitting quite a few places above Hennon in the rankings, provided by statistics website BoxRec.

In 2009 Wyatt lost on points to Hennon’s coach Johnny Greaves so Hennon has plenty of advice available to him, he commented, “John’s obviously beat him but that was a few years ago and last weekend I got a text from Carl [Greaves] and he was at ringside for his last fight, his opponent was cut and he won the last round. He told me that he throws big shots but if I stick to my boxing then I should box his head off.”

At just 21-years-old with no amateur boxing experience, Hennon has shown a maturity beyond his years since making the transition from a 13 year long kickboxing career to professional boxing.

Of his gameplan in mid-October, he briefly explained, “I’ve just got to be fit and sharp, and keep him on the end of my punches and watch out for those big hooks.

“I’ve been sparring with Ryan Taylor and he lets his hands go and throws big bombs so it’s good experience for me for this fight.”

Sparring partner Ryan Taylor (10-4-1) trains with Hennon at the Peacock Gym in Canning Town, which is also home to rising light-welterweight star Romeo Romaeo (8-0).

The former English kick-boxing champion stated, “In my last fight, I was just being smart so I wasn’t being too silly but this next fight there’ll be a lot more action. I know that Ali is gonna’ come to win and I’m not going to look for the stoppage but I think it’s gonna’ come.

“I’m feeling a lot stronger in the gym, Frank [Greaves] does a lot of strength work with me which is helping a lot.

“My style has changed a lot, I’ve noticed I’m only stepping half an inch out of range so I can still throw shots if I feel like it.”

The 147-pounder’s popularity is increasing and he claims to have gathered a big fan base with growing interest since his pro bow in June earlier this year.

“I’ve had a lot of response from people, I got 36 ringside tickets and they all sold out in a day, so I got another 24 tickets from Carl [Greaves] and within a few hours they sold out as well.

“I really appreciate the support and anyone who buys tickets, I always consider as friends rather than fans.”

In June this year, Hennon completed his induction to the paid ranks with a points win over veteran Matt Seawright (5-115-5) at the same venue for his next scheduled bout in Grays Civic Hall on a Carl Greaves Promotions show.

Of his plans for the remainder of the year, he hoped, “I’d like one more [fight] before the end of the year, I know that Carl [Greaves] has got a Southend show in December that I’d like to get on.”

The headlining fight on October 17th features local boxer to Hennon, Adam Dingsdale (13-2-1) from nearby Hoo in Kent, contesting for the vacant English lightweight championship (17-3) against Grimsby’s Kevin Hooper who gets his third crack at the title. Both boxers enter the title fight following back-to-back wins.

Unbeaten middleweight prospect Liam Desmond (5-0) will be looking to extend his unbeaten run as he prepares for a maiden title test in December.

Another middleweight prospect Sonny Whiting (2-1) from Rochester, Kent appears in his fourth pro contest looking to improve his blemished record.

Paul Hilz (1-1), Joe Jackson Brown (2-0) and Shaun Hussein (1-0-2) will all be appearing on the same bill.

Two debutants complete the line-up in welterweight John Wheatley from Harwich, Essex and Nigerian light-welterweight, Idris Hill.

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