Eddie backs Max to raise the roof at white collar show

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Eddie Guest is confident Max Hawes can give the home crowd a good reason to raise the roof by making his first title fight a winning one.

Hawes is to headline Guest’s next white collar boxing show at Newmarket Leisure Centre on Saturday by taking part in a contest of four two-minute rounds for an unaffiliated 73kg East Anglian title.

“Max has worked very hard for this and deserves a chance at a title,” said Guest. “He has always had that bit of class about him and he has had a lot of fights when he was a junior.

“He has been sparring well at the different gyms we have been to and seems to have found his strength, but the most impressive thing about Max is his ability to throw shots at different angles.”

Hawes is not the only member of his family gunning for victory on the 10-bout card, with his younger cousin Reno also set to step into the ring.

“Reno was a latecomer into boxing, but he has had a few fights now and is getting better with every fight,” said Guest. “He has shaped up well ahead of Saturday and his fight could be a good one.”

One of the most famous surnames associated with the sport of horse racing will also be pulling on the gloves at the weekend.

Graham Carson — grandson of five-times champion Flat jockey Willie Carson and son of Newmarket trainer Tony Carson — will make his ring debut, just two months after deciding to give the sport a go.

“Although Graham is doing well in training this might come a little too soon for him,” said Guest. “He is learning every time he has been training and he has put his foot forward and wants to have a go.

“We are still working on a few things, including on his defence, but he is getting there.”

There will be several names on the bill that are familiar to white collar fight fans in the town with Jim Bowers, Damien Starmer and Eddie Gray all set to reappear.

Of the trio, it is Newmarket-based Gray who Guest believes could produce the best spectacle.

“Eddie always puts on a good fight,” said Guest. “The last lad he fought and beat was quite experienced and had several amateur wins under his belt.

“Eddie is a stylish boxer with a good defence and very quick hands which is why 
people find him awkward to box.

“He is set to take on a lad called Ashley Dove from Cambridge, who was in the army, so it should be a good fight.”

With the show set to raise money for racing charity Racing Welfare, Guest is calling on those in the industry to get behind the event.

“It would be nice if a few of the trainers would buy tables for the event to give the lads a bit of an early Christmas party as it is being staged for Racing Welfare,” said Guest. “If we could raise £1,000 for the charity, that would be a nice figure to hand over.”

Tickets for the show cost £20 for a standard ticket, or £35 for VIP.

They can be purchased by contacting Guest on 07956597466 or Becky Ross on 07825663928.

Doors open at 6pm with boxing starting at 7pm.