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Newark's professional boxers Tom Cowling, Fonz Alexander and Sonny Price hope to wow on Carl Greaves Promotions’ Sunday Sizzler

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It will be an evening of firsts as Newark boxer Tom Cowling tops the bill for the first time in his professional career on Carl Greaves Promotions’ Sunday Sizzler next weekend.

It will also be the 24 year old’s first six-round bout of his career, making the jump from three rounds after easing his way to five successive wins.

The card, put on by trainer and matchmaker Greaves, will be held at Newark Showground on Sunday, November 28.

BOXER Tom Cowling is topping the bill at Newark Showground next Sunday.
BOXER Tom Cowling is topping the bill at Newark Showground next Sunday.

Newark pro Fonz Alexander will also being looking forward to a surprising first, with the 33-year-old set to make his home town debut on the show after more than 100 successive bouts in the away corner.

Another Newark pro, Sonny Price, will also make his home town debut.

Greaves said: “It is going to be a sell out, and I could have done with a bigger venue to be honest.

“But the majority would rather have a packed out venue with a good atmosphere over a bigger venue that is half empty.

“We want the atmosphere to be eclectic.”

Greaves, who trains Cowling out of his Newark gym on the Industrial Estate, said he had high hopes for the middleweight who faces the game Kyle Hughes (2-4-0).

“Tom is usually a slow starter so the step up will definitely work in his favour,” said Greaves.

“It will be a proper fight — he has dug in during camp and he is working through the pain.

“I am hoping he can crank it up on the night and put on a show.

“His fitness has been spot on, there are no problems there, so it will be good to see how he reacts (in a six-rounder).

“We are pleased that he is top of the bill as well.

“He is excited about it.

“Everything is set up for him to impress in front of a load of Newark fans.

“He isn’t fighting a journeyman either, he is going up against a kid with ambition who fancies his chances against Tom.”

Hughes and Cowling have history having formerly enjoyed a public sparring session together.

“He knows Tom through the amateurs,” said Greaves.

“They had a sparring session together once at an event in Alfreton but that was a long time ago and a lot has obviously changed.

“Tom knows Kyle is going to come to win, rather than stand off him, and he asked for an opponent who would test him like that.

“He doesn’t want to face somebody who will just stand off him.”

Cowling said: “Training has gone great, it has been better than any camp I have had before.

“I’m feeling really strong and I can’t wait to get in there and do the business.”

Road warrior Alexander, who made his professional debut in March 2014, has more than 120 bouts on his boxing CV, with his last win coming in July 2019.

“It is a huge one for Fonz,” said Greaves.

“He has boxed three or four times in the home corner, but out of Lincoln or Grantham at the start of his career, so it will be a huge night for him personally and he is going in there to win.”

He faces Blackburn’s Naeem Ali (2-78-1).

Super lightweight Price, who is unbeaten with eight successive points wins, also features.

“He lives in Newark and his family are from Newark, but he was boxing out of Sheffield,” said Greaves.

“Being back in his home town, it will be a good chance for people to see what Sonny is all about.

“He is going up against a former English amateur champion in Sean Davis (14-16-0).”

It will also be Price’s first six-rounder.

James Richardson, from Scunthorpe, who is managed by Greaves, will make his pro debut on the show.

The former national amateur champion faces Lithuanian middleweight Genadij Krajevskij.

Irish boxer Liam Walsh, 18, completes the home corner’s offering.

It will be Walsh’s second pro bout after earning a points win on his debut in Belfast.

NEWARK’S Olly Marple has withdrawn from the card due to injury. Credit: DKO Imagery
NEWARK’S Olly Marple has withdrawn from the card due to injury. Credit: DKO Imagery

Chris Walker, from Lincoln, has pulled out of the event due to a medical query while Newark’s Olly Marple, 24, has withdrawn from the card due to a hand injury, which coach Greaves feared could cause the boxer to retire.

“He can’t put full force behind his punches and it had been effecting him during training,” said Greaves.

“He will have to wait and see how he recovers.”

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