Walsall light welterweight, Luke Paddock, warmed up for his Bronze Masters Title clash with Stoke’s Kevin Hanks by making an appearance at his hometown football club on Saturday (18th January).
The 22 year-old Bloxwich boxer watched Walsall share the spoils with Brentford at the Banks’s Stadium before being introduced to the 5,295 crowd at half-time.
“It was great,” Paddock told www.uko-boxing.com. “The game was good too. Walsall are doing really well this season. They’re in and around the Play-Offs whilst Brentford are in the automatic places, so it was a massive game for both teams.
“Being a local lad, it’s great to have the local football club’s support.
“I squared up to the club’s Mascot – Swifty – for the photo. I was going to do a little bit of sparring with him but, as he’s a bird, he’s probably only a flyweight!”
Paddock takes on Hanks on EJKO Promotions’ March Mayhem show at Walsall Town Hall on Saturday, 1st March.
The fight is one of 11 scheduled to take place. Stourbridge’s Steven Pearce and Sheffield’s Ryan Hardy compete for the vacant British Masters Welterweight Title whilst Coventry’s Midlands Area super featherweight Champion, Troy James, Dudley light middleweight, Kyle Spencer, Halesowen super middleweight prospect, Lennox Clarke, West Bromwich light middleweight, Tom Stokes, Wolverhampton super featherweight, Des Bowater, Stoke’s welterweight, Josh McLaren, all feature on the undercard alongside three debutants – Coventry light middleweight, James Montgomery, Birmingham cruiserweight, Ollie Lambert, and Leicester welterweight, Ryandeep Nandha.
Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900. The aftershow party takes place at the Pitch Sports Bar and Grill on Bradford Street, Walsall.