31.10.06 – Dynamite hitter Gary Lockett will make the second defence of his WBU World Middleweight title against Roman Aramian at the Newport Centre on November 18. The 29-year-old Welshman is looking to build a platform for a shot at one of the big four world titles at some point next year. The Rocket enjoyed a highly successful 2006, stopping Gilbert Eastman in the first round to win the belt in March, and then dropping Ryan Rhodes en route to a unanimous 12 round decision at the Millennium Stadium in July..
Lockett climbed off the floor to win that one, arguably the best victory of his career to date and a triumph which stretched his record to 27-1 with 19 KO’s.
Aramian, 23, has 19 wins from a 26 fight career with 13 KO’s and has been matched hard from the start.
He twice took Sebastian Sylvester – who would go on to win the European middleweight title – the 10 round distance, and also wasn’t budged by Joe Calzaghe’s IBF mandatory challenger, Robert Stieglitz, up at light-heavy.
Aramian has won his last six fights, five by stoppages, and has beaten former Calzaghe victim Branko Sobot and leading German prospect Stephan Trabant.
The Newport bill titled Search and Destroy will also feature Bradley Pryce in a defence of his Commonwealth Light-Middleweight title, as well as Gavin Rees, Nathan Cleverley, Barrie Jones and Kerry Hope.
Lockett said, “I’ve seen this guys record and he looks like a right tough nut to crack. I’m preparing for a long night but once I lock on to him with my heavy right hand and left hook then I know I can take him out.”