For someone who just wants to fight, Paul Truscott’s career has been frustratingly stop-start.
The Middlesbrough man is delighted then – having not thrown a punch in anger since losing a British super-featherweight title fight to Gary Buckland a year ago – to be finally getting out when he appears on Dennis Hobson Promotions’ ‘Nemesis’ show at Darlington’s Dolphin Centre on March 9.
“I can’t wait,” stated the former Commonwealth featherweight champion. “It’s so close to home and it’s been a while since I boxed up here; it’s really exciting.
“There’s another Middlesbrough lad [Shafiq Asif] on as well, so there’ll be plenty of Boro lads there screaming and shouting too.”
Making weight has been Truscott’s Achilles’ heel over recent years, evidenced by his performance against the talented Buckland. A skilled technician, Paul showed his trademark heart during the distance defeat but was never ‘at the races’, something he attributes to trying to make 9st 4lbs.
The 26-year-old also recently found himself having to withdraw from a WBO European super-featherweight title chance against Crawley’s Ben Jones after suffering a virus – a situation that’s finally prompted the decision that his ‘boiling down’ days are over.
“It was the weight that done me with the Buckland fight; I was a dead man walking really. I tried to make the weight one more time [against Jones] when I was supposed to box a couple of weeks back, but my body was so run down I couldn’t do it and had to pull out.
“I’ll be boxing at lightweight in future because I’m a decent size. Everyone I fight seems to be a midget compared to me! So I think I’ll suit lightweight a lot better.”
Still young, and with a decent ledger of just three defeats in 21 contests, Paul’s future in boxing continues to look bright. Appearing on the undercard of Stuart Hall’s Commonwealth bantamweight title defence against Isaac Nettey in Darlington, ‘Trussy’ will look to get his career back on track before remaining busy for the rest of 2013.
“I’m old school; I just want to fight and as long as the weight’s OK I’ll box anyone. I want to get title shots again as soon as possible and box regularly because inactivity has killed my career.
“I’m too high risk and not enough reward for people to face really and it’s really stalled me. I want to be boxing as much as possible this year.”
“I’m a boxing fan and it’s great to have someone of Paul’s quality on this show,” stated promoter Dennis Hobson. “He’s a real talent and if I can help him win titles again in the future then I’ll do all I can to make that happen.”
Stuart Hall will defend his Commonwealth bantamweight title against Issac Nettey at Darlington’s Dolphin Centre on March 9. The show’s undercard will feature a number of talented North East fighters, including former Commonwealth featherweight champion Paul Truscott; Darlington’s Neil Hepper; Middlesbrough’s Shafiq Asif; Spennymoor’s Ben Jackson, and County Durham’s Tommy Ward.
For ticket information contact the Dolphin Centre on 01325 388406.
Pearce Ready To Cap ‘Crazy Week’ With Midlands Area Title Win
By Daniel Mole
Stourbridge boxer, Steve Pearce, admits he would have ‘been mad’ to have turned down the opportunity of stepping in with Derby’s Luke Gallear for the vacant Midlands Area Welterweight Title on Friday.
Pearce landed a late call-up to the fight Burton Town Hall fight after Walsall’s Joel Ryan was forced out with a chest infection.
Due to fight William Warburton at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on 9th March, the 28 year-old was only offered a shot at Gallear on Monday. It didn’t take him long to say ‘yes’ and switch his attentions to Friday’s showdown though.
“It’s a massive chance for me,” Pearce told www.uko-boxing.com. “I couldn’t believe it when I got the phone call. As soon as Errol Johnson (Promoter) offered it to me, I said ‘let’s do it’.
“The fight against Warburton was a six-rounder. Obviously this is for a title so it will be ten rounds but I’m feeling really good. I did ten rounds of sparring against Chris Male two weeks ago, so I know I’ve got it in me to go that sort of distance.
“This title fight is better for my career and, no disrespect to Luke Gallear but, looking at his record compared to William Warburton’s, he may well be a better opponent for me too. I’d have been mad not to have taken this chance.”
Pearce competed in January’s ‘Prizefighter: The Welterweights III’ at the Civic, losing to eventual winner, Glenn Foot. He has kept himself in good shape since and, although the weigh-in for Friday takes place tomorrow, he is confident of being ready in time.
“I weighed myself as soon as I got off the phone to Errol (on Monday) and I was only 10 st 12 lbs,” he added. “That’s only a few pounds over the welterweight limit, so I know I’ll be ready.
“After the Foot fight I could have sat around feeling sorry for myself but I didn’t. I had a week’s rest and then I got straight back in the gym.”
Although he doesn’t know much about his opponent, ‘Fierce’ is confident that he can cap a whirlwind week with victory over Gallear.
“He’s not someone I know too much about but I have faith in myself. I’d back myself against anyone.
“This time last week, I was being put through my paces ahead of a non title fight. Now, I’m a day or two away from stepping into the ring for a shot at the Midlands Area Title.
“It’s been a crazy few days but, come Friday night, I expect to be lifting that belt.”
Tickets for title showdown at Burton Town Hall are priced at £30 unreserved seating and £50 Ringside and are available from the Town Hall Box Office on 0128 350 8547.
Also on the bill is Burton’s Tom Shaw (8-1), who takes on Birmingham’s Jason Nesbitt (9-161-4).
Dudley prospect, Kyle Spencer (4-0), faces Jimmy Price (0-0-1) whilst Tamworth’s Matt Seawright (3-69-4) steps in with Exeter’s Faheem Khan (4-0-1).
Luke Gallear Dedicates Title Tilt To Late Father
By Daniel Mole
Derby boxer, Luke Gallear, is using his late father as motivation as he aims to win a first-ever title.
The Chaddesden resident takes on Stourbridge’s Steven Pearce for the vacant Midlands Area Welterweight Title at Burton Town Hall this coming Friday, 1st March, hoping to come good on a promise he made to his dad.
Keith Gallear lost his battle against Leukaemia two years ago. It hit Luke hard and, as the 28 year-old admits, his boxing career suffered as a result. Now though, with a belt in his sights, ‘The Bulldog’ is ready to deliver on his promise and be crowned champion.
“The last two years have been pretty rough,” he told www.uko-boximg.com. “My dad was my best mate He was always there for me. When we’d be training and talking about boxing, I always promised him I’d win a title. This is my chance. I want to win this for him.
“He came to all my fights and gave me that little push when I needed it. It was a massive, massive lost when he passed away and nobody will ever replace him. Knowing this is for him makes it feel like a world title fight, that’s how much it means to me.”
Big-hearted Luke also cares for his younger brother, Leigh, who suffers from muscular dystrophy. Boxing is an escape for him and, at something of a crossroads in his professional career; he knows that nothing less than a victory on 1st March will do.
He has only fought ten times since turning pro in 2007and has enjoyed a mixed bag of results, recording four victories, four losses and two draws.
He was due to fight Walsall’s Joel Ryan but Ryan has since pulled out of the fight with a chest infection. Steven Peace (6-1) has stepped in as a late replacement and, although the short notice is not ideal for either fighter, Luke is determined to take his chance.
“I’m feeling confident,” he added. “I’ve been training since Christmas and am feeling good.
“I’ve got big respect for Steven. To take the fight at just a few days notice shows how much he wants it.
“I’ve never fought ten rounds before, so this is a step up for me, but there’s no doubt in my mind that I’m fit enough for it.
“It’s down to what happens on the night. I just know Steven will have to be at his very best on the night because this one is for my dad.”
Burton’s Tom Shaw (8-1) is chief support on the evening as he steps in with Birmingham veteran, Jason Nesbitt (9-161-4) whilst Dudley’s Kyle Spencer (4-0) takes on Swadlincote’s Jimmy Price (0-0-1) and Tamworth’s Matt Seawright (3-69-4) meets Exeter’s Faheem Khan (4-0-1) in a re-match following Khan’s narrow points win back in November.
Tickets for the Errol Johnson-Promoted Show are priced at £30 unreserved seating and £50 Ringside. They are available from Burton Town Hall Box Office on 0128 350 8547. Doors open at 7.00pm with boxing commencing at 8.00pm.