Debut boys aiming for impact

Garry Neale after his win against  Brandon Bean last year. Picture: Mick Young
Garry Neale after his win against Brandon Bean last year. Picture: Mick Young
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A TRIO of boxers will look to make big impressions on their bows tomorrow.

Lewie O’Mara, Jason Turner and Ryan Davies all step through the ropes for the first time in the paid ranks at the Mountbatten Centre.

That’s following a late switch of venue for the fight night after the Pyramids was left flooded in the face of recent storms.

The trio will be joined by Leigh Park’s unbeaten Garry Neale as the pro scene looks to make a big impression in the first show of 2014.

Neale looks to make it five fights unbeaten as his career gathers pace.

Southampton’s Chris Hobbs completes the bill as he puts his three-fight unbeaten record on the line.

Nerves will be jangling for the new faces, however, as they look to catch the eye.

Portsmouth’s O’Mara takes on durable Dan Carr at light-welterweight with Aldershot’s Davies meeting Sid Razak, also at light-welter, and Farnham’s Turner tackling tricky journeyman Jody Meikle in the light-heavyweight division.

Trainer Michael Ballingall backed them to handle the occasion and entertain a healthy number of fight fans expected to be at the show.

He feels they can follow the lead of Floyd Moore, who made accelerated progress through the pro ranks before winning an exciting Southern Area title at the end of last year.

Ballingall said: ‘We want to get the pro boxing scene going with a bang here this year.

‘A lot of the lads boxing are in their debuts contests.

‘Lewie O’Mara is making his debut.

‘He is a hard-working southpaw who is quick and can entertain.

‘We’re looking to build him into the professional game. He’s the right age, quite young and someone we can build into the pro ranks. It’s the development stage for these boxers.

‘Sid Razak is boxing Ryan Davies on his debut. Ryan’s a kickboxing champion who is moving into the pro game.

‘Jason Turner is boxing Jody Meikle. He will make things tricky for Jason because he is an awkward customer who is hard to deal with.

‘Floyd Moore has come far since he made his debut.

‘We will be looking to do the same with these fighters.’

Neale will be aiming to make a statement against another boxer who will be looking to make it an awkward night’s work for him in Jason Nesbitt.

The lightweight made a good impression on promoter Mick Hennessy’s show in Kent last November and is targeting speedy progress this year.

Hobbs has also been making steady progress.

He has been able to call on the support of Leigh Park Warrior Tony Oakey in his sparring ahead of his meeting with Mitch Mitchell at light-heavyweight.

Balllingall said: ‘Garry’s boxing Jason Nesbitt, who’s a journeyman but a tough lad who comes to fight.

‘He is a naturally strong lad who will have a go.

‘So it’s another step along the learning curve for Garry.

‘It’s a fight he should win but it’s not an easy fight for him.

‘Chris Hobbs will be looking to make it his fourth win in a row as well.’

Original tickets are still valid for tomorrow’s show at the Mountbatten Centre, with admission on the door priced £30 and £60. Doors at 6.30pm.