White collar boxing promoter Eddie Guest has thanked amateur cruiserweight champion Matt Fitch for choosing his latest show at Innocence Nightclub as his last fight before turning professional.
Guest, who trained Fitch in white collar boxing for nearly four years, has tipped him to go on to have a great professional career and wants to give him the send-off he deserves on Saturday.
“It’s a lovely gesture by Matt (Fitch) to choose my show as his last amateur fight,” he said. “He’s a great boxer and he’s always been there to help me out.”
Haverhill-based Fitch defends his title against Portsmouth’s Nicky Andrew, and Guest said he struggled to find an opponent who wants to get in the ring with his prize fighter.
“Nicky (Andrew) is good defensively and I needed to give him a tougher opponent because he keeps knocking them down,” he said.
The former jockey said it will be good experience for his younger boxers to watch Fitch’s title defence.
“All the younger lads look up to him and he is a great role model for them to follow.”
There are two other title fights at Guest’s show, with Jamie Comers and Simon Walters both hoping to come away with belts.
Comers takes on Lewis Price for the 72kg belt while Walters faces Lee Kirby at the 77kg weight.
The show is helping to raise money for Oscar’s Walk Charity. Guest has previously raised £3200 for the charity and is hoping to do the same this year.
There will be some of Guest’s best talent on show, with Nathan Brown and Carl Ledger both making the under-card.
“We have some newcomers at the show and they will start it off well,” Guest said.
“Nathan is a lovely boxer and he moves around the ring magnificently. Carl knocked down his last opponent with a powerful body shot. He is a strong boxer with heavy hands.”
Guest cannot wait to show off his bright talents, fighting under Eddie’s Gym, with James Bussey ‘looking sharp’, according to his trainer.
“I am lucky to have a good bunch of lads here and I want to show everyone what great talent we have in the area.”
Innocence Nightclub is expecting to be full for the show with nearly 300 people set to turn up for the fights.
“My shows seem to be getting bigger and better,” said Guest. “We have a good following since we started these events and I know that everyone will get behind every single fighter.”
n Doors open at 6pm with the show starting at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Guest on 07956 597466.