Welterweight prospect George Hennon (1-0) took on former Southern Area, English, and British light-welterweight champion Lenny Daws in a six-round sparring session at Rosehill ABC in Sutton.
With just weeks to go until Hennon’s second pro fight against Ali Wyatt (4-28-2) at the Civic Hall in Grays on October 17th, the sparring lesson provided valuable experience for the 147lbs talent.
The 21-year-old from Snodland, Kent said of the experience, “It was really good, we done six rounds together and it was a massive learning curve for me.”
He continued, “Obviously sparring someone like that is great and it’s my first time sparring someone of that class.
“The feedback I got was positive. The first four rounds, I held my own in there, by the fifth round I’d slowed down and he came on a bit.”
Lightning Lenny Daws likewise operates at light-welterweight but has also picked up major titles at lightweight and trains with Ian Burbedge at Rosehill ABC in Sutton, Surrey.
The 36-year-old European title challenger is still active, currently in his 12th year as a professional boxer, enjoying a glittering career that has seen him involved in 12 title fights.
“There’s so much I learnt from him – his footwork, getting in and out of range. When we’re in close he’s got loads of old pro tricks with little nudges and things like that, that I can use myself in upcoming fights because it does work,” enthused Hennon.
Training out of the Peacock Gym in East London, put through his paces by trainer Johnny Greaves, as well as brother Frank, Hennon benefits from top class sparring with teammates Sonny Whiting (2-1), Ryan Taylor (10-4-1), and Romeo Romaeo (9-0).
“I’ve done a bit of sparring with Romeo and it’s been good. The way he comes across on TV is so different to how he is in real life, he’s a nice guy!” said Hennon. “I’ll be doing some more rounds with him next week.”
“Ryan Taylor, I done a few rounds with the other day and Sonny Whiting and also been sparring Frank Greaves as well.”
Hennon is looking to double his win tally on October 17th on a Carl Greaves Promotions show at the same venue as his pro bow on June 20th this year, kicked off with a shut-out points win over Matt Seawright (5-122-5).
He opposes Iranian boxer Ali Wyatt from Torquay, who recently 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.
“I feel wicked and I just can’t wait now! I just want these two weeks to fly by, I feel so much fitter and stronger now and I’ve learnt so much in this period between now and my debut.
“I’ve been sitting down on my punches a lot more and digging them in instead of just flicking them out, and I’m getting more accuracy as well.
“Frank’s [Greaves] circuits have been making my core so much stronger which also helps with the power.”
The likeable light-welter has amassed more interest since his inauguration into the paid ranks midway through the year, he enlightened, “I got loads coming to the next fight, about 90 so far with over two weeks to go still, which is more than my debut.”
The headlining fight on October 17th features Medway boxer Adam Dingsdale (13-2-1) contesting for the vacant English lightweight championship against Grimsby’s Kevin Hooper (17-3) who gets his third crack at the title. Both boxers enter the title fight following back-to-back wins.
Middleweight prospect Sonny Whiting (2-1) from Rochester, Kent appears in his fourth pro contest looking to improve his recently 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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