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Chris Male and Troy James Go Head-To-Head

Chris Male and Troy James went head-to-head as they prepare for their re-arranged showdown at Walsall Town Hall next month.

The Midlands pair were due to meet last month but Male suffered a calf injury and James was struck down by illness.

Now both fully recovered, the duo met at Wednesbury Boxing Academy ahead of their much-anticipated encounter, which will see the winner move up the rankings and a step closer to a shot at the British Super Featherweight Title, currently held by Liverpool’s Stephen ‘Swifty’ Smith (17-1).

The fight takes place on EJKO Promotions’ ‘Double Trouble 2’ show on Saturday, 16th November. Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900.

“My calf is fine now,” Male told www.uko-boximg.com. “It was just one of those things that happens. It was a freak injury that happened in sparring and, on doctor’s orders, I needed to rest it.

“The physiotherapist said it was a high-level muscle strain and I was gutted to have to pull out. It was the right thing to do though because I wasn’t able to train or even walk for a few days.

“The injury is behind me now. I feel great and training is going perfect for me.”

“I’m feeling good and training is going well,” added James. “Obviously both myself and Chris had to pull out of the initial fight which I don’t like doing but thankfully we’ve got the fight back on.

“I pulled out due to illness. I was on antibiotics to shift it away from my chest, so that’s behind me now and I’m feeling great and raring to go.

“I’m glad the fight has been rescheduled. We both worked hard initially in preparation for each other so it would be a shame to fight somebody else. It promises to be a good fight, long in the waiting.”

Also on the bill is Stourbridge’s Steven Pearce who takes on Stafford’s Rob Hunt for a British Masters Welterweight strap.

Walsall’s Chris Keane also makes an appearance alongside West Bromwich welterweight prospect, Tom Stokes, who takes on the evergreen Danny Donchev and ‘Tipton Slasher’ Lee Glover steps in with Igor Tsujev at super featherweight.

Stafford’s Grant Cunningham faces the ‘Pocklington Rocket’, Harry Matthews, Stoke lightweight, Andy Keates, features against the vastly experienced Bheki Moyo whilst Halesowen super middleweight Lennox Clarke debuts against Congo-born Didier Blanch. Tipton flyweight, Ainsley Ratcliffe, completes the line-up against an as yet unnamed opponent.

Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900. The aftershow party will take place at The Pitch Sports Bar and Grill, Bridge Street, Walsall.