Real Neale gets big show thrill

Garry Neale. Picture: Mick Young
Garry Neale. Picture: Mick Young
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GARRY Neale stepped up his professional career with an impressive big-show victory.

And the Leigh Park light-welterweight’s trainer told those following his progress: Watch this space.

Neale was too good for Simas Volosinas on the undercard of James DeGale’s win over Dyah Davis in Kent.

The 25-year-old took a 40-36 decision over four rounds – and looked impressive doing so.

Neale caught the eye of promoter Mick Hennessy with his performance.

And trainer Michael Ballingall is hopeful that will pave the way for more of his boxers to feature on his shows.

Ballingall said: ‘He went out there and was his normal self.

‘Everything I wanted from him he did.

‘He showed terrific defence, a nice jab and dictated the fight from the centre of the ring.

‘He was a strong opponent who came forward.

‘It was all about the jab for Garry.

‘The opponent was dangerous but Garry won every round. He got caught with about three shots in the whole fight.

‘Mick Hennessy congratulated him afterwards.

‘Garry is suited to the professional game.

‘He is taking advantage of his assets.

‘He caught they eye of a lot people who are respected in the sport.

‘It was a big show and he did well.

‘He passed the test and I think they will have him back on another show like that.

‘The message is: Garry Neale – watch this space.’

Ballingall believes Neale is now beginning to reap the benefits of the work he is putting into his training.

The victory over Volosinas was the fourth of his professional career.

They have all arrived since February in a strong first year for the former Leigh Park ABC amateur.

Ballingall added: ‘The things that we are doing in the gym are paying off.

‘The repetitive training and drills are working.

‘We’re really happy with him.’