Neale keen to put on show for good cause

Garry Neale Picture: Mick Young
Garry Neale Picture: Mick Young
Eric Israel

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Garry Neale is hoping to be roared on by an army of fans tonight – and help a man’s brave fight against cancer.

Neale puts his unbeaten record on the line against Andy Harris at the Pyramids as he searches for his seventh professional win.

And the 25-year-old is planning to donate half of his earnings from the contest to Leigh Park’s Andy Prowting, who is battling against skin cancer.

Prowting needs to raise £60,000 to go to Texas for potentially life-saving treatment.

Neale has been working hard in the gym under the guise of his trainer, Tony Oakey.

Oakey, the area’s biggest-ever professional success, has been impressed with the lightweight’s progress.

He said: ‘I had him straight back in the gym after the last fight.

‘We’ve had a good run together and he’s been dedicated.

‘In his last fight he started brilliantly.

‘Then there was a lack of concentration and he veered from what we’d been working on.

‘He’d done loads of sparring with Lee Selby and his trainer was impressed with how he’s developed.

‘He and Floyd Moore are now regularly having good spars – and look what Floyd has achieved’

Oakey explained Neale was offered a Southern Area title shot against Adam Dingsdale, who defeated Moore in June.

They opted out of that after he turned professional just last year.

But Oakey is hoping it won’t be long before Neale’s in title contention.

He said: ‘Garry’s been offered the Southern Area title with Dingsdale.

‘We discussed it with his team and said we thought he needed a little more time.

‘Garry’s done only one six-rounder.

‘He’s looking good, though.

‘It’d be good to keep pushing and then get him a title of some description.

‘It’s a different game in the pros to the amateurs.

‘He was going to quit as an amateur, but he’s done really well. He listens and does what he’s told.

‘He has opinions but he knows I have the final say.

‘But Garry has been a pleasure to train.’