Gateshead’s Rob Ismay makes a welcome return to the ring on December 7 as part of the undercard to Martin Ward’s Commonwealth bantamweight title challenge against Gabriel Odoi Laryea.
The show at Newcastle’s Centre for Sport is the inaugural event for Ringstar Promotions, the recently-established promotional company founded by former pro Mark Clauzel, and undefeated Ismay is delighted to be in at the start.
“It’s so refreshing to have a fighter, and not just a past fighter who’s been retired for 10 years but someone who’s just finished, as a promoter,” said Ismay of Clauzel, who retired this year at 6-0 on medical grounds. “He knows exactly what we’re going through. People don’t realise how important things like day before weigh-ins are; it’s my first and I’m looking forward to that more than anything! He’s pulling all the stops out, with the ring walks and lights, and it’s going to be a great show. I can’t wait.”
Ismay has had a stop-start year. Currently 8-0 (2), the 26-year-old has been blighted with hand problems that have seen him restricted to just one outing in 2013. With those injuries now behind him, the likeable Geordie is looking to get his career back on track at the Centre for Sport, and is then targeting a big scalp in 2014.
“It’s been a horrible year,” explained Rob. “I just want to get back in and sharpen up. I’ll be straight back in the gym over Christmas and I’m looking at super-middleweight for next year. I want to get this one out of the way and then target a big name.
“My name was mentioned on Steve Bunce’s boxing show as a possible opponent for Frank Buglioni, and I think he’d suit me down to the ground. He’s a very good fighter but I believe he’s a one trick pony, he can go forward and that’s it. I think he’d be very strong but I’m knocking cruiserweights out so I can’t see how he could stand and push me back.
“I know it’s totally different when you’re in there with someone but I think I’d counter punch his head off all day, and if I wanted to I could push him back and he wouldn’t be able to do anything. He just seems a strong come forward fighter but I don’t think he’d be stronger than me when I get down to that weight because I’m massive for 12 stone.”
“Rob’s a real talent and it will be great if we can get a bit of momentum behind him now after his injury problems,” said Clauzel. “He can really hit and will be a big test for anybody in the future. I’m really excited with my first show, to have a Commonwealth title fight as the headliner is fantastic and the undercard will feature some of the best boxers in the North East. This is just the start though and, along with my business partner, we have some huge plans for next year.”
Ringstar Promotions presents Martin Ward contesting the vacant Commonwealth bantamweight championship against Gabriel Odoi Laryea at Newcastle’s Centre for Sport on December 7. The undercard will feature Hartlepool’s Peter Cope; South Shields’ Anthony Nelson; Newcastle’s Andrew Buchanan; County Durham’s Tommy Ward; Gateshead’s Rob Ismay; Northumberland’s Lewis Scott, and Sunderland’s Danny Hughes.