28.08.04 – Carl Thompson vs David Haye is now only 14 days away – the main event at Wembley Arena will be supported by a 10 bout undercard including unbeaten heavyweight Roman Greenberg. In less than three years as a professional, Greenberg has chalked up 15 straight victories (12 by knockout) and honed his talents in the sweatbox atmosphere of America’s toughest gyms.
Greenberg meets experienced Belarussian Vitaly Shkraba, 12-8 (8), who has twice shared the ring with man-mountain Nicolai Valuev. The six-rounder will be Roman’s final bout before boxing in South Africa in November. He has just returned from sparring with David Haye in Bournemouth.
West Ham veteran Garry Delaney, 31-7-1 (17), makes a welcome return after his gutsy display versus Swansea puncher Enzo Maccarinelli in February. The Southern Area cruiserweight champ meets Epsom challenger Tommy Eastwood, 6-1 (1), in an intriguing encounter that pits know-how against promise.
Bermondsey crowd-pleaser Peter McDonagh, 6-5 (1), will defend his Southern Area lightweight belt against Bethnal Green-based Scot Dave Stewart, 13-0 (4). McDonagh, 6-5 (1), won his crown with a 10-round decision over the canny Jon Honney in April.
Chesterfield heavyweight Mark Krence, 20-1 (6), marks time before his British title eliminator against John McDermott in October against former Greenberg foe Konstantin Prizyuk, 4-8-1 (0), from the Ukraine in a heavyweight six-rounder. Krence’s sole professional defeat came against former Olympic gold medallist Audley Harrison.
WBU light-heavyweight champion Matthew Barney, 20-4-1 (6), returns after a 11 month lay-off with a six-rounder against Worksop’s Simeon Cover, 9-19 (3), while unbeaten Russian heavyweight Andrey Fedosov, 6-0 (3), meets Chesterfield’s experienced Greg Scott Briggs, 15-30-1 (7), also over six.
Forest Hill favourite Mickey Bowden, 7-4 (1), moves into the super-featherweight division to take on Sheffield’s ringwise Daniel Thorpe, 13-29-2 (5), in a six-rounder.
In contrast, improving Colnbrook super-middle Jamie Hearn, 6-3 (2), moves down a weight and boxes Lancaster’s Lee Woodruff, 3-4 (3), over six having benefited from quality sparring with former IBO super-middleweight champion Brian Magee.
Deptford southpaw Anthony Small, 1-0 (1), is one to watch. The flashy Small, who impressed in his professional debut in May, meets the comebacking Emmanuel Marcos, 0-5 (0), in a four-round contest.
Hayes welter Robert Lloyd-Taylor, 6-4 (1), returns to the ring hoping to build on a solid points victory over Ivor Bonavic in July. The 24-year-old boxes the Isle of Wight’s unbeaten Jay Morris, 1-0-1 (1) over four.
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