Lightweight boxing star Cassius Connor endured a tough sparring session with IBF super bantamweight champion Carl ‘The Jackal’ Frampton in preparation for his forthcoming International Masters Silver challenge on July 12th in London’s York Hall.
The unbeaten super bantamweight king paid a visit to Connor’s gym – The Lansbury ABC in Poplar, London where he trains each day with renowned trainer Alec Wilkey.
The high-octane sparring session lasted a full six rounds. Connor commented following the gruelling action, “Six rounds of sparring with someone so skilful and accurate will always be beneficial for me. This guy will be world champion one day and sparring regularly with a fighter of that calibre is only going to improve me in every aspect.”
Tiger Bay’s super bantamweight king Frampton used the sparring with Connor as valuable training experience for his forthcoming rematch with Kiko Martinez in Belfast on September 6th to defend his IBF crown.
On a packed Goodwin Promotions show at the famous York Hall, Bethnal Green, Connor was due to do battle with tough Bulgarian, Kristian ‘The Warrior’ Dochev 10(3)-17(3)-0 but due to conceding a stoppage win to 22 year old Hackney lightweight Ohara Davies, he has been pulled out of the scheduled fight and replaced with the number one ranked Bulgarian lightweight Yordan Vasilev 16(4)-36(12)-2.
The Surrey star has pushed himself forward in preparing for his first title challenge of 2014 having recently sparred with British champion Curtis Woodhouse in his Rotherham gym.
Connor twice made the trip north to share the ring with the footballer-turned-boxer Woodhouse.
The sparring was welcomed too by the Lonsdale title holder Woodhouse as vital preparation in gearing up for his first title defence against Commonwealth king Willie Limond, in a winner takes all contest on June 27th in Glasgow as chief support to Ricky Burns’ comeback fight.
“Sparring Curtis Woodhouse – the British champ and now Frampton – IBF champ is like a dream for me. All good for July 12th,” promised Connor.
Connor’s title fight takes place on a talent packed Goodwin Promotions show, claimed to be ‘the biggest and strongest card they have ever staged’, with headlining fight between KO artist Richard Commey and tough Welshman Gary Buckland in an enticing match up for the vacant commonwealth lightweight title.
If that wasn’t enough, two undefeated prospects in Miles Shinkwin 8(3)-0-0 and Joel McIntyre 11(1)-0-0 battle it out for the vacant Southern Area light heavyweight title in a tantalising winner-takes-all contest.
The rest of the undercard features TKO Gym’s unbeaten Southern Area light middleweight champion Freddie Turner 10-0-0 as he defends his honours against Brentwood’s Kris Agyei-Dua 7(2)-2(1)-2.
Super middleweight ‘Smoking’ Joe Mullender 6(2)-1-0 looks to challenge for the vacant International Masters title after losing narrowly to Michael Obin on the previous attempt to claim the belt.
This will be the 27 year old’s third ten round title fight in eight months, and he will be entering the ring confidently, coming off the back of convincing points win against Diego Burton to secure the British Masters super middleweight title. Opponent is yet to be confirmed.
Both North London Evangelou brothers, Chris ‘The Flash’ 10(1)-3-0 and Andreas ‘The Ace’ 8(1)-0-1 both compete separately in six round contests.
Light welterweight Shane Watson 10(1)-1-0 competes in a six round contest against, a so far, unconfirmed opponent.
Former Commonwealth cruiserweight champion, Tony Conquest 13(5)-2(2)-0 has a tough six round contest ahead of him against former Commonwealth and English title challenger, Carl ’Dynamite’ Dilks 18(5)-6(3)-0.
Former prizefighter champion and unbeaten welterweight, Larry Ekundayo 6(2)-0-0 looks to extend his perfect record.
22 year old Hackney lightweight, Ohara ‘Two Tanks’ Davies 2(1)-0-0 has his third professional outing as he takes on Josh Thorne 1-5(1)-0 from Bexleyheath, Kent.
Light heavyweight Brent Osborne (0-1-0) takes on Mitch Mitchell 5(2)-19(3)-1 in a four round contest.
Super featherweights Craig Hardy 0-1(1)-1 and Graham Fearn 5(1)-23(3)-2 go head to head in a four rounder.
At super middleweight Kevin Greenwood 4-4(1)-0 takes on Danny Brown 4-14(3)-2 from Kent in a four round contest.
Youngsters Ben Hall 2-0-0, Remel Scott 1-0-0, Martin Hillman 1-1-0 and debutant Grant Dennis all take part in four rounders against unconfirmed opponents.
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