Manny Zaber has already written his Christmas Wish List. It has just one item on it….a showdown with local rival, Les Byfield.
The undefeated Old Hill boxer is chasing a fight with his Dudley rival and, after calling him out last month, is determined to pursue his adversary in the hope of locking horns with him in December.
Zaber is set to appear on Black Country Boxing’s ‘High Stakes’ show at Walsall Town Hall, sponsored by Grosvenor Casino Walsall, in September and hopes that will act as an aperitif for the main course of a local derby showdown with Byfield this side of Christmas.
“I want Les Byfield because it’s a good fight between two local lads,” explained Zaber. “I called him out last month because I want the fight.
“I know Les and respect him as a fighter but I want to get in the ring and prove that I’m the better man.
“Our paths almost crossed boxed white collar but I broke my leg in a car accident and the fight just never happened so I really want to make sure it does this time around.
“I’d love to fight him in December, it would be the perfect Christmas present for me and Midlands fight fans. I don’t see why it shouldn’t happen.”
Zaber ticks over at Walsall Town Hall and features on the undercard of a fight he, and by all accounts Byfield, were hoping to secure – the Midlands Area Super Featherweight Title. Birmingham’s Paul Holt and Tamworth’s Louis Fielding contests the strap vacated by Coventry’s Troy James.
Although Zaber was hoping to face Byfield for that title if the Dudley man feels his future lies at featherweight or doesn’t fancy the Zaber showdown, ‘Pac Man’ insists he would be happy to fight the winner.
“First and foremost I’d like to fight Les,” he added. “If it was for a title; great but I’m not too bothered.
“I’ve heard he’d only want to fight for a title and there’s some talk he may be moving down to featherweight. That’s not where I see myself and, if that was the case, I’d happily fight the winner of Holt versus Fielding. But he can fight me and then move down can’t he?
“I want to be involved in some big local fights. It’s just a shame not everyone thinks like that. Some fighters are happy protecting their ‘0’, never testing themselves and avoiding decent fights. That’s not me.”
As well as Zaber and Holt versus Fielding, Newark’s former kickboxing world champion, Chad ‘2 Slick’ Sugden, is also back in action alongside Midlands cruiserweight pair – Wolverhampton’s Joshua Burke and Coventry’s Dilly Singh, who is set to make his pro bow.
Undefeated West Bromwich middleweight, Tom Stokes, will be looking to record an eighth straight win and is joined by fellow West Bromwich fighter, debutant Tommy Loach. Undefeated Birmingham super welterweight, Luke Heron (Walker), completes the card, which takes place on Saturday, 24th September.
Tickets are priced at £30 (general admission) and £60 (VIP Ringside), and can be purchased by calling 0845 111 2900 or directly from any boxer on the bill.
The weigh-in and aftershow (over 18’s only) take place at Grosvenor Casino Walsall, Bentley Mill Way, Walsall WS2 0LE (just off junction 10 of the M6). GC Walsall will have a presence at the Town Hall on the evening and have linked up with taxi firm, Yellow Taxi’s, to supply a number of free taxi’s to take guests from the Town Hall to the casino post-fight.s to take guests from the Town Hall to the casino post-fight.