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Newark's boxing trainer, manager and promoter Carl Greaves enjoys huge week in post-fight career

By Connor Thompson

A boxing trainer and promoter says he’s in the middle of one biggest weeks of his career.

Carl Greaves, of Newark, celebrated Sam Bowen’s first British super-featherweight title defence on Saturday, as he stopped Scotland’s Jordan McCorry in the ninth round, before heading to the Basque Country, as Newark’s Russia-born welterweight David Avanesyan takes on Bilbao’s Kerman Lejarraga for the European welterweight title.

“It’s a great achievement for myself,” said Greaves. “This is the sort of thing that will never happen again.

DAVID AVANESYAN (right) and Kerman Lejarraga stare off. Credit: MGZ Boxing.
DAVID AVANESYAN (right) and Kerman Lejarraga stare off. Credit: MGZ Boxing.

“I think it’s great for the town as well. To have great talents training here and fighting at the top is a credit to what we can do.”

Greaves’ fighter Kyle Haywood opened Saturday’s card in a bid to claim the vacant Midlands super-welterweight title against fellow Leicester fighter CJ Challenger, but fell short on points ­— a first loss in nine for Haywood.

“We started wrong and let the early rounds slip,” said Greaves.

“Hopefully we can get a rematch because there is a lot of local pride and bragging rights at stake for Kyle.”

Bowen was slow out of the blocks in his win against McCorry, and according to the judges score cards, lost the first round.

“Sam went out and tried to knock him out early, but we realised he was a tougher lad than we fought so we changed our approach,” said Greaves.

“Sam dominated after the first three rounds and it was a great learning curve for him.”

Greaves’ attention has now turned to Avanesyan, and he said he will face a hostile atmosphere in Bilbao.

“He (Lejarraga) is loved out there,” he said. “There’s going to be 10,000 Spanish against David, but he’s fought at world level, he won’t be fazed.

“David’s coming off a loss and he knows it’s a must win.

“Kerman’s heavy handed, but he can be out boxed.”


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