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‘Knocked for Six’ fighters visit The Venue ahead of Aug 5 bouts

Craig Birch 03/07/2017

The fighters who will occupy the home corner at the next pro boxing bill in Dudley set the scene with a recent visit to the Venue.

Five prospects will be looking to add to their win tallies when fight night next rolls around at the Venue on Saturday August 5, writes Craig Birch.

The show has been titled ‘Knocked for Six,’ as three of the bouts confirmed will take place over a six-round distance.

It’s more time to perform for Dudley’s Les Byfield, Rowley Regis’ Tyler Denny and Birmingham’s Raza Hamza, while Brummie cohorts Kane Baker and Daryl Pearce feature over four.

Only Hamza was absent from the recce at the Dudley high street establishment, as he’s in Saudi Arabia to complete the Muslim pilgrimage of Umrah.

Byfield, Denny and Baker were in the ring at the Venue as recently as Friday June 9, where they had their hands raised in victory.

On-form Byfield steps up to six for the first time in his ninth outing, having featured on every bill as Denny as a pro.

‘The Minefield’ is working up to his first title fight and his next test gets the ball rolling, before he targets a British Challenge or even a Midlands belt.

The 30-year-old super featherweight, who is from Netherton, will be full of confidence after scoring a first TKO as a pro that evening.

He removed Russell Midgley in the third, with a relentless barrage of punches in the ropes, to secure an early finish.

The former unlicensed campaigner has rebuilt well after losing his paid debut on points and hasn’t dropped a round in seven straight wins since.

Already in the title picture is Denny, who claimed the British Challenge middleweight crown in an eight-rounder last time out.

Denny outpointed Anthony Fox to remain unbeaten after eight contests and has his sights set on a clash for vacant Midlands honours.

First the 25-year-old will keep busy with a second six-rounder, having used his southpaw skills to great effect last time.

Baker, from Bartley Green, has racked up four points victories in the welterweight division as a rugged performer who likes to come forward.

He shook off illness to defeat Danny Little by a round on points, with the June 9 card officiated by Class A star referee Terry O’Connor.

Exciting and imposing featherweight Hamza, 25, won a host of national titles for Aston Boxing Club before turning over.

The powerful Hamza has since raced to eight victories as a pro, with four stoppages, and possesses explosive power.

Pearce, 23 and from Rednall, makes his bow at welter after switching over from the unlicenced circuit, where he’s won over 40 bouts.

Tickets, priced at £35 and £50 ringside with waitress service, are available now by calling 07976 283 157. Alternatively, contact any of the boxers in the home corner on Facebook.

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