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Jason Cunningham confident ahead of Saturday’s show at the Doncaster Dome

Jason Cunningham is predicting great viewing for Freesports viewers (Freeview 95, Freesat 252, Sky 422, BT 95, Talk Talk 95) when he clashes with Paul Economides on Saturday June 16.

Cunningham gets home advantage when he challenges Economides, 21-7 (5), for his Central Area Super Bantamweight Title at the Doncaster Dome, and says the pair’s all-action styles will prove a potent mix.

A former Commonwealth champion at bantamweight and featherweight, Jason has his sights set on a tilt at the super bantamweight version of the belt, meaning he would be the first boxer to hold the Commonwealth Title at three different weights.

First, the 28-year-old has to negotiate Economides, and he is quick to assert that he isn’t looking past his Wales-based opponent. Cunningham, 23-5 (6), was to have met Saturday’s foe previously, so already knows a bit about him. He is expecting a tough, hard encounter but is confident his boxing ability will carry him through.

“I’ve seen bits of him,” said the former ABA Champion. “I was actually due to fight him before the Jordan Gill fight, so had a look at him then. I don’t go into my opponents too much anyway, so had one look and that was enough for me.

“He’s a come forward fighter, and he’ll be there all night. We’ve got a perfect game plan and I’m prepared; I’ll stick to my boxing and get the job done. I really do believe it should be a great fight to watch because we both give a good fight, and I know I won’t have to go searching for him.

“I’m really looking forward to this fight, and I’m really pleased it’s in my home town and live on TV. Super bantamweight is my real weight. Obviously, I have to get Paul out of the way first but I want to go onto bigger and better things at this weight.

“I would love to win the Commonwealth Title at three different weights. No fighter has ever done it, and that’s been confirmed by Simon Block from the Commonwealth Boxing Council. So that’s my next goal.

“I’m definitely not looking past Paul, I have to take care of him, but that’s my aim. The reigning Commonwealth champion at super bantamweight is Ashley Lane who I’ve already beaten, and I’m confident I’d beat him again.

“I’m very grateful to Stefy Bull and Dennis Hobson for getting me this opportunity. I’ve always wanted to thank Dennis personally because my first Commonwealth Title wouldn’t have come around if it weren’t for him. So, a massive thank you to both of them, and I can’t wait for Saturday.”

Dennis Hobson Promotions, in association with Stefy Bull Promotions, presents Paul Economides defending his Central Area Super Bantamweight Title against Jason Cunningham at the Doncaster Dome on June 16. The show will be broadcast live on Freesports.

For ticket information contact 07976 328 015.

Lauren Price captures middleweight bronze

WALES’ Lauren Price has won a bronze medal at the 2018 EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships in Sofia, which ended yesterday.

The 23-year-old, middleweight defeated Ionela Nane of Romania in her quarter-final but lost a narrow split decision (3-2) to Mariya Borutsa of Ukraine in the semi-final.

It means Price is the only one of three boxers from the GB Boxing squad to return with a medal. Welterweight Sandy Ryan lost to Assunta Canfora of Italy in the last 16. Ebonie Jones made the quarter-finals of the bantamweight competition but was denied a medal by the hugely experienced Bulgarian, Stoyka Petrova, who went on to take gold.

GB Boxing’s Performance Director, Rob McCracken, said: “Lauren has done very well and, in my opinion, can count herself unlucky not to have gone further in the competition. She has shown some real potential and looked very good in the bouts she has had at the Europeans.”

“We had a small and inexperienced team at the tournament so to come away with one medal from three boxers is a decent return and shows we have some potential to work with as we look forward to the world championships later in the year.”

Two other English boxers and one from Wales had also been selected (by the national governing bodies of England and Wales) to compete in the tournament but none of them were able to make it to the medal stages.

Wales’ Rosie Eccles defeated Ukranian Yolia Stoyko in her first contest but was edged out of the medals by Yaroslava Yakushina of Russia in her quarter final.

English selections, Demi Jade Restzan (light-flyweight) and Karriss Artingstall (featherweight) both lost in their first round contests against boxers that went on to claim bronze medals.