Derbyshire boxer targets three titles

Lee Connelly
Lee Connelly

Lee Connelly aims to puthrow boxing’s form book out of the window and win his first professional title this coming weekend.

The 26-year-old has dieted down to super featherweight to contest the 10-round Central Arena title with Barnsley’s Andy Townend. The two battle it out Doncaster Dome.

Killamarsh’s Connelly, a game brawler who went five rounds with Luke Campbell last November, has a poor record of won three, lost seven, one draw. But he’s hoping his form will go on an upwards trajectory now he has gone down to 130 pounds.

The Unstone car mechanic said: “I have been training hard for this and will be making the lightest weight of my career.

“Townend was a well regarded amateur and his record suggests he’s a big puncher(eight wins, five knockouts.) He won the area title KOing (Merseyside’s) Sean Dodd who was 8-0 (May 10.)

“Townend has lost three but went 10 rounds with ex European champion and world title challenger Rendall Munroe so this is a really hard fight.”

Connelly says the Area title is “a lot more respected title than the last one I boxed for” - a reference to the technical draw with Fergus Taylor earlier this year, for the British Masters Bronze light welter belt.

“This fight at my proper weight will show me if I can go somewhere in boxing.

Being a central area champion would be awesome but I want to go on to win English and believe I could one day be a British champion.”

Top of the bill on the night will be Durham’s Martin Ward v Doncaster’s 24-year-old Jason Cunningham for the Commonwealth bantamweight title.