06:58 Saturday 10 May 2014

Smith in Riley good form for home show


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Riley Smith goes in search of his fourth successive win when he boxes in front of a home crowd at Haddenham & Ely’s final show of the season tonight (first bout 7.45pm).

Smith has been in hot form this term and will look to impress supporters at Ely College in his showdown with C Goodchild from Birmingham’s Small Heath club.

Coach Mike Sawyer said he was optimistic Smith could produce the goods against Goodchild.

He said: “His original opponent fell through, but I’m still expecting a very good bout from Riley tonight.”

In contrast, his brother Nathan Smith will be looking for his first win as he meets J Westray in a rematch, having lost on his debut to his opponent from Bury St Edmunds’ Eastgate outfit earlier this season.

Liam Goodjohn aims to bounce back from the disappointment of his recent loss to John Wheatley in the Eastern Counties Senior Elite Championships welterweight final when he takes on J O’Meara from London’s Dale gym.

Goodjohn had considered quitting the sport following that defeat, but Sawyer said he was now as committed as ever.

He said: “Liam has changed his tune and he’s actually going to have a return with the boy he boxed in the final on their show in a couple of weeks.”

Callum Francis will be in action against Southend boxer A Ishfaq with Sawyer confident he will take the win.

“I think Calum could end up a top boy,” said Sawyer.

“He’s probably better than Tyler (Goodjohn, International Masters and British Masters light-welterweight champion and former Haddenham fighter) was at the same age.

“He has got a record of nine wins and six losses, but there’s only one of those losses where I think he actually got beat and he was ill that night, the rest of them he should have won.”

Callum Gibson looks to end a five-bout winless streak against Essex University’s C Shave.

Jay Moore makes his debut against Chalvedon puncher S Hardy with Sawyer hopeful of a good performance.

He said: “Jay’s uncles were both very good boxers, so I’m looking for something out of him.”

Meanwhile, Cambridge hitters Max Durning and Jack Graves come up against Hardy’s clubmates Tommy Cooper and S Peck respectively.

Admission is £10 on the door.*

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