Krzysztof Kosela to fight Chris Healey on June 9 in Dudley

Craig Birch 05/06/2017

A six-round contest between a big-punching Polish heavyweight and English southpaw Chris Healey has been added to the bill at the Venue in Dudley.

The clash has taken the chief support slot for next Friday’s fight night (June 9) as a late addition to what was a five-fight card, writes Craig Birch.

Krzysztof Kosela, who works by day as a farmer in the small Polish village of Wierzbica, will be flying in determined to make an impact in the UK.

The 18st 29-year-old stands an imposing 6ft 7ins and has raced to 10 wins in his homeland as a professional, with nine TKOs having only gone the distance on his debut.

Healey has also boxed 10 times in a paid ring but on our shores and comes into battle under the tutelage of Oliver Harrison.

The left-hander from Stockport has seven victories, with two stoppages, and three defeats having been halted twice himself.

The two will touch gloves in the Black Country, subject to British Boxing Board of Control. They will act as a prelude to the top-liner.

The main event has also been subject to change, with Tyler Denny facing a new opponent for the British Challenge middleweight title because of Mike Byles’ withdrawal through injury.

Denny will battle for the belt with Anthony Fox, who caused two-weight Midlands champion Craig Cunningham problems before he was outpointed on his last visit to the West Midlands.

‘The Matador,’ from Westbury in Wiltshire, is German-born and, with nine outings under his belt, has two more bouts of pro experience than Denny.

The unbeaten 25-year-old from Rowley Regis, who is nicknamed ‘Ruthless,’ goes to eight rounds for the first time after coming through six at the same venue last time out.

He whitewashed tricky campaigner William Warburton on points to make it seven without defeat and now faces another step up, with a Midlands title shot his next goal.

The under-card will provide four-round action for Les Byfield, Kane Baker, Shaun Cooper and CJ Challenger, who have all been matched.

Hometown hero Byfield steps through the ropes after a seven-month absence to resume his campaign in the super featherweight division, although he may yet drop down to feather.

The 30-year-old, who has been dubbed ‘the Minefield,’ has six wins from seven and hasn’t dropped a round since losing on his debut, a points setback to Reece Smith in March 2015.

He’ll be looking to keep up dominance of contests when his latest foe, Russell Midgley, is the man in the other corner.

Brummie Baker, from Bartley Green, goes for a fourth victory after an entertaining four-round success over Yaddollah Ghasemi at the Venue in April.

Baker, 26, has been progressing well since turning over from the unlicenced circuit. He’s now up against another campaigner in Danny Little.

Cooper debuted in the lightweight division at the Venue in April with a points decision over the rarely-stopped Qasim Hussain and has been paired with another hardman in Dan Carr.

‘The Scorpion,’ just 20 and a graduate of Walsall Wood Boxing Club, has Jon Pegg, who coaches Cunningham and European welterweight champion Sam Eggington, in his corner.

Challenger, first names Courtney Jerome, travels across the Midlands from Leicester having made progress under Frank Warren’s banner. He’s managed by Jason McClory.

The 22-year-old, a distant relative of Showaddywaddy drummer Romeo Challenger, took out Little after just 110 seconds on the BoxNation show at the Leicester Arena in April.

A first pro stoppage came after two points wins and one of those was in the Black Country, defeating Michal Voyska at the Venue last November. He now has Sam Omidi.

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