Ryan Aston makes changes ahead of April 8 return to action
New beginnings will await a host of fighters when professional boxing returns to the Venue in Dudley next month.
A trio of six-rounders lead a six-bout card with the prospect of further action still to be added to the show on Saturday April 8, writes Craig Birch.
Hometown hero Ryan Aston begins his rebuilding process, having decided to box on under new guidance since a fourth loss.
‘Tank’ was last seen going down swinging to Craig Cunningham for the Midlands middleweight title in a Fight of the Year contender at Dudley Town Hall last May.
Having recently turned 26, Aston is no longer training where he grew up with Priory Park Boxing Club, who are now solely focussing on their amateurs. He is set to be managed by Errol Johnson.
The powerful southpaw has taken Joby Clayton on board for his coaching and has spent time at Firewalker in Wolverhampton. Robert Wright and Richard Ghent, both ex-pros, are also in his corner.
Aston now looks to steer his career back in the right direction, with 18 wins containing eight TKOs on his paid record. His opponent has yet to be determined.
Andrew Robinson is another determined to bounce back from a loss, after being nudged out of title opportunities by slender margins last year.
He was on the wrong side of points decisions to Sam Sheedy and Lee Markham, the latter with the English middleweight crown on the line.
The granite-chinned Robinson, from Birmingham, gave both a run for their money in the process and has also taken British champion Frank Buglioni the distance at light heavyweight.
‘D’Animal’ is not for turning in his quest for glory at the age of 32 and will pit his power against the never-stopped Adam Jones in Dudley.
Rowley Regis’ Tyler Denny is also over six, the first time he has stepped up to the distance. The left-hander is targeting a shot at the area belt later this year.
He steps in with Kieron Gray, who drew with Jamie Ball for Midlands honours six years ago. He represents a learning fight.
Denny is unbeaten in six outings. The 25-year-old has been tightly matched so far and is working hard to get ready for his next test.
Two further four-round affairs have been confirmed for the rest of the card with Kane Baker featuring, along with Shaun Cooper making his pro debut.
Brummie Baker, from Bartley Green, hasn’t dropped a round in either of his first two paid contests against Dan Carr and Kristian Laight.
Baker takes on Matt Seawright, another campaigner of the circuit. Should he vanquish Seawright, he will have seen off opponents with a total of over 500 contests experience between them.
Lightweight Cooper, 22, turns over after coming through the ranks at Walsall Wood Boxing Club, who he represented in the England Elite Championships last year. He will be managed by Jon Pegg.
Tickets, priced at £35 and £50 ringside with waitress service, are available now by calling 07976 283 157. Alternatively, contact any of the pugilists in the home corner on Facebook.