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UK News: Gearoid Clancy; Enmanuel Guerra; Nav Mansouri

Gearoid Clancy has a two-tier plan ahead of an Australian title clash with Steve Spark in Toowoomba on Saturday.

The Irish-born 33-year-old won the New South Wales State crown last time out and plans to add the national belt to his collection before heading back to his native country with yet another goal in mind.

Clancy (9-5-KO2) said: “I always wanted to fight for the Australian title and here’s my chance. I always to fight for the Irish title too so hopefully that’s another target I can hit.


“I think I’m improving every fight. Certainly, in the last two, I’ve got better because I moved to super-lightweight and am therefore feeling a lot stronger. There’s a lot better to come from me now.

“There’s no denying Steve is a step up from my last opponent but he won’t be bringing anything I haven’t seen before. He’ll come out and rush at me looking for the knockout. That’s when we’ll catch him.

“He makes mistakes when he plays to the crowd and he’s at home in this title fight so he’ll play to the crowd again. He tries to impress his fans and that’s when I’ll be catching him.

“I certainly don’t plan on letting him bully me. I won’t be retreating on the back foot. I’ll meet fire with fire but while I’m doing that, I plan to outsmart him.”

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Cuban teenager Enmanuel Guerra – billed by world-renowned trainer Jorge Rubio as one of the brightest talents he’s seen – is chomping at the bit ahead of his professional debut.

Natural switch-hitter Guerra takes on Teodor Nikolov in Marbella on Saturday under the expert guidance of Rubio and feels well prepared to announce himself to the boxing world in style.

Guerra said: “When I think of my debut, I think of avoiding nerves and going in there and doing my job. I’ll listen to Jorge and box well. I hope everyone will be impressed and see the hard work I’ve been putting in.

“I don’t feel any pressure. I just know I have to go in there and do what I’ve been training to do. I’ll stay calm and listen to my trainer. I’ll box around the guy and then the knockout will come.

“I plan to build my record over the next 12 months and hopefully I’ll be in some six-round fights. In two years, I plan to be one of the sport’s hottest prospects and everything will happen so fast from then.

“The fans can expect a great performance on Saturday. I will show the fans my skills, my speed and my power. They’ll see my determination.”

Also on the MGZ Promotions bill at the Palacio des Congresos are Guerra’s MTK Global team-mates Nav Mansouri and Ryan Farrag.

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Former English champion Nav Mansouri is building a big reputation and a legion of followers in Spain but will return to the UK to target the British title at the first opportunity.

The Yorkshireman (17-1-2-KO5) hunts back-to-back wins in Marbella this weekend when he takes on Mamadou Goita on a card that also includes MTK Global team-mates Ryan Farrag and Enmanuel Guerra.

Mansouri said: “This is my second fight in as many months and I’m loving being so active. It keeps me training and staying in shape. I stay fight-ready and always have something to aim for.

“After this one, I hope to get the next fight back in Britain but to be honest I’m liking it in Marbella and I’m building a real following out here. I’m doing good tickets.

“If I go back to the UK after this one then I want a 50-50 fight to please my home crowd. The British and Commonwealth titles are the ones I want. Those or an Intercontinental title that will push me to world-level.

“I’ve already been English champion and I don’t think I need to go back there but if I was told it was necessary as a warm-up for bigger things then I’d win that belt again.

“It’s great being on the same bill as my team-mates Ryan andEnmanuel for this one. We push each other in the gym and it’s really health competition. The place is buzzing and fans are in for a good show.”