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New Beginnings For Rob Hunt

Rob Hunt is ready to put a nightmare 2013 behind him.

The Stafford welterweight hasn’t fought since his Prizefighter defeat back in January and has also had his share of troubles outside the ring.

Hunt’s Prizefighter tournament, at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall, came to a premature end when a clash of heads with Mark Thompson in his opening fight left him with a deep cut on his right eyebrow.

Doctors inserted eight stitches in the wound, which ended Hunt’s hopes and the 27 year-old hasn’t fought since.

Away from boxing, Hunt was wrongly accused and thus subsequently cleared of sexually assaulting a woman he met in a Stafford nightclub back in April.

Now though, with his name rightly cleared and a good training camp behind him, he is ready to prove himself in the ring once again when he faces durable Brummie, Andrew Patterson. The fight takes place on the undercard of Jason Welborn versus Max Maxwell at Walsall Town Hall next Saturday, 7th September.

“I’m looking forward to getting back out there,” he told www.uko-boxing.com. “I’ve had a good camp and I’m feeling fit. I was hoping to fight in Stoke about six weeks ago but that never happened, so I’ve had the summer to recharge my batteries ahead of the new boxing season.

“Andrew Patterson is an experienced guy. He likes a bit of a tear up and he will come to fight. It’ll be an action-packed six rounder, which is what I need after being sidelined for so long.

“It’s been a difficult year so far but I want to put that behind me and concentrate on achieving things in the sport.

“I’ve shown I can compete at a decent level and I’ve tried to take the positives from my experiences.

“I feel confident as a fighter now. Because I never had a long amateur career, it’s taken me until now to really believe in my ability. I know what type of a fighter I am now and I’m comfortable with who I am.

“I have great memories of Walsall Town Hall. I made my debut there back in 2006 and I knocked out my opponent, Ian Clyde, in the first round. A repeat of that this time around would be perfect!”

Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900.

Welborn and Maxwell compete for the British Masters Light Middleweight Title at the top of the EJKO’s Boys From The Black Country: The Aftermath’ show.

As well as Hunt, there are a plethora of pugilists also in action on the undercard.

Walsall’s, Chris Keane, steps in with Remigijus Ziausys for a second time. The Midlands Area Cruiserweight Champion defeated the experienced Lithuanian last March, thanks to a convincing points win.

Stoke lightweight, Kevin Hanks takes on evergreen Sid Razak and unbeaten light welterweight prospect, Luke Paddock, will enjoy a hometown work-out against vastly experienced Nuneaton scrapper, Kristian Laight.

Tipton-born welterweight Anthony Tildesley makes his professional bow against durable South African Bheki Moyo whilst fellow youngster, West Bromwich welterweight Tom Stokes, takes on Tamworth veteran, Matt Seawright.

Tipton featherweight, Lee Glover, takes on Pavels Senkovs for a second time. The ‘Tipton Slasher’ defeated the Latvian on points back in 2010 and will be expecting a similar result when he steps back into the ring for the first time following a near two-year absence.

Impressive Wolverhampton super-featherweight prospect, Des Bowater, completes the card by stepping in with Chichester’s Jonathan Fry.

Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900.

The running order is as follows:

Jason Welborn vs. Max Maxwell – circa 10.15pm

British Masters Light Middleweight Title (10 x 3 minute rounds)

Luke Paddock vs. Kristian Laight

(4 x 3 minute rounds)

Lee Glover vs. Pavel Senkovs

(4 x 3 minutes rounds)

Rob Hunt vs. Andrew Patterson

(6 x 3 minute rounds)

Tom Stokes vs. Matt Seawright

(4 x 2 minute rounds)

Kevin Hanks vs. Sid Razak

(4 x 3 minute rounds)

Anthony Tildesley vs. Bheki Moyo

(4 x 2 minute rounds)

Chris Keane vs. Remigijus Ziausys

(4 x 3 minute rounds)

Dessie Bowater vs. Jonathan Fry

(4 x 3 minute rounds) – circa 8.00pm