By James Eley
Cristian Hoskin-Gomez is excited to be fighting in front of a packed home crowd for the first time in his professional career when he faces Mark Till on 30th January.
The Plymouth pugilist faces the Stoke scrapper on Western Country Boxing’s ‘Brawl at the Guildhall’ show and can’t wait to fight on home turf.
“I have never fought in Plymouth as a professional,” Hoskin-Gomez told www.uko-boxing.com. “The last time I fought here was two years ago as an amateur so I cannot wait to get in the ring .
“The atmosphere is going to be awesome, it is going to be loud and I think it will be a sell out so I am buzzing to get going.”
The 20 year-old suffered a defeat in his last bout in December against Ryan Aston, who fights Ahmet Patterson for the vacant IBF International Super Welterweight Title on Friday. However, Hoskin-Gomez insists he has trained hard to make sure he turns his fortunes around against Till.
“The preparation is going well, everything is going to plan,” he added. “I have added a strength and conditioning personal trainer to my routine and I am feeling stronger and more confident as a result. I am lucky to have great sparring partners in Courtney Richards and Chris Adaway, they both bring different styles to the table with Richards’ power and Adaway’s speed giving me everything I need in preparation for my fight.”
Till has failed to record a win in his previous three fights but Hoskin-Gomez believes Till will be a tough opponent. The super middleweight believes a win in front of his home crowd will allow him to kick-start his career.
“I don’t know much about Till but what I do know is that he is tough. He lost on points against Nicolie Campbell who I managed to beat on points at his home show. I certainly don’t underestimate any of my opponents and records don’t mean anything so I will come looking for a fight and if he comes to fight too then it will be a good spectacle.
“A win would be fantastic and would improve my record as a professional and I know I am more than capable of doing that. I am really looking forward to getting my first win in front of a packed sell-out home crowd, it will make all the hard work worthwhile.”
Plymouth’s Chris Adaway tops the bill against Londoner Danny Parsons for the British Challenge Super Lightweight Title whilst fellow Plymouth pugilist, Courtney Richards, takes on Wolverhampton’s Joshua Burke in a six round cruiserweight contest.
Plymouth resident Darren ‘The Terminator’ Townley will be looking to make it a hat-trick of professional victories when the super lightweight takes on Luton’s Duane Grimes.
Plymouth quartet -Ross Roberts (super lightweight), Jack Bellingham (welterweight) Louis Aitken (super lightweight) and Ben Zacharkiw (lightweight) complete the card.
Tickets are £30 or £60 Ringside and are available by calling: 07410 979 728. Doors open at 6:30pm with boxing commencing at 7:30pm at Plymouth Guildhall, Armada Way, Plymouth, PL1 2AA.