Determined boxer Stanley Stannard, trained by Newark's Carl Greaves, vows to win for former coach
Boxer Stanley Stannard has revealed the heartbreak that’s driving him on to win belts.
Newark-based manager and trainer Carl Greaves has matched the 24-year-old with Kyle Fox in a clash of super-welterweight prospects at the Morningside Arena on Saturday.
Fox comes from Doncaster with seven wins from eight fights, while Stannard, who is from Harby but trains in Newark under former champion Greaves, is looking for a fifth straight victory in the professional ranks.
As an amateur, Stannard had two wins over Fox when he had the late Gary Whinning in his corner.
Whinning died in February and Stannard said his death had a massive blow on his life.
“I had been training with Garry since I was 13 years old,” said Stannard.
“Garry was just applying for his seconds’ license and was going to be in his corner.
“Nobody expected Garry to deteriorate as quickly as he did.
“I spent a lot of time with Garry, travelling up and down the country for sparring and fights. I learned about boxing from Garry and I learned about life as well.
“We got to know each other very well. He was a second dad to me and it was a devastating blow to lose him.
“I will keep winning for Garry.”
Stannard has won his last two fights inside the distance and describes Fox as a step up in class from his previous four opponents.
“Kyle was a very game, come forward fighter,” said Stannard.
“We had two good fights. He says he’s improved a lot since we fought as amateurs — but so have I.
“I’m a lot stronger than I was back then.”
Stannard proved how strong he is in June.
Genadij Krajevskij has proved to be a durable opponent for light-heavyweights, but Stannard was able to dominate him and force a fifth-round stoppage.
He hopes a similar performance next month could lead to a title shot.
In the top-of-the-bill fight, Earl Shilton southpaw Kyle Haywood meets Ryan Amos for the vacant Midlands Area super-welterweight title.
Stannard said: “I’m hoping Kyle wins and then moves on so I can get a shot at the vacant title.”