Dronfield/Sheffield boxing: new rival for Lewis

Lewis Taylor in action (left)

Lewis Taylor in action (left)

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Dronfield’s Lewis Taylor has had to switch focus after a change of opponent ahead of September 13th’s scheduled 10-rounder at Sheffield’s Octagon centre.

Taylor had planned to meet Stairfoot’s Matthew Mallin in an English middleweight title eliminator. But Taylor’s trainer Chris Smedley says Mallin has announced his retirement - the news reaching them on Monday. Now Taylor will meet Doncaster’s Adam Jones and Smedley hopes that bout will be sanctioned for the eliminator, or a British Masters belt.

Taylor knows he will be in for a battle against a 22-year-old who has drawn with Sheffielders John Fewkes and Dave Fidler. “We were disappointed to find out Mallin had retired, it was unreal” said Smedley. “But Jones will be a tough fight.”

Taylor, who has just one KO in his record of 14 straight wins, will hope to show off his power against Jones.

He told The Star recently: “I never really go out to bang someone out, that’s not really my style, I’d probably leave myself open. But my shots are coming off better now. There is more power behind them. You never know, the KOs might start flooding in!”

On the same Octagon bill Manor Park super middleweight Liam Cameron (W16 L3) will take part in a Commonwealth title eliminator. The 23-year-old faces Karama Nyilawila, from Tanzania, who has a mixed 30-fight record of W18 (KO 10) L10 (KO 5) D two.

Nyilawila, 30, will be used to fighting overseas - he has performed in Russia, twice, South Africa and the Czech Republic.

He has won five out of his last six outings.