Boxing coach David Binns is looking forward to seeing two of his top prospects, Jay Hughes and Chris Wallace, take to the ring again tonight.
Both undefeated Durham men are fighting on Phil Jeffries’ promotion at Rainton Meadows Arena and Binns is hoping that both men come out victorious.
I’d said ‘don’t you go in there with this fella thinking you’re going to knock him out’ because everybody tries itDAVID BINNS
They box on the undercard of East Durham College gym team-mate’s Darren Surtees’ Northern Area title confrontation with Ross Jameson.
Hughes and Wallace are still both relatively new to professional boxing, but the Peterlee trainer has been pleased with the start they have made to their careers.
The professional record of Hughes currently stands at four straight wins with his most recent victory coming against journeyman, Kristian Laight.
Binns was extremely impressed with the way the prospect, from Crimdon, dealt with the fight. He said: “Jay was absolutely outstanding against Laight. I have rarely seen Kristian put in right his place the way Jay did last time.
“Jay boxed to orders,” explained Binns. “I’d said ‘don’t you go in there with this fella thinking you’re going to knock him out’ because everybody tries it.
“Jay went out and followed instructions to box and I was very, very pleased.”
The 20-year-old has a tougher task tonight at the Houghton venue when he faces Joe Ducker, from Leicester. His rival, like him, is relatively new to the pro ranks and has a record of two wins, two draws and three defeats, suggesting he wil be a ‘live’ opponnent.
Wallace will be entering the ring for only his second pro bout when he faces Swansea’s Mathew Ashmole.
After a sensational start to professional life with a second-round debut stoppage of Vinny Atkins, Binns is hoping it will continue.
Discussing the Peterlee talent’s last fight, Binns was happy with what he saw from his man: “Chris Wallace boxed Vin (Vinny Atkins) a good opponent, a very good opponent for a first ever bout and he did what ultimately would have been the outcome anyway.
“He boxed absolutely brilliant, I think the event of it being his debut held him up a little earlier (in the fight) but Atkins was coming right into that fight.
“It was a very even first round and he was getting a bit of momentum behind him, but what Chris was doing first round and the difference he made from first round to second round resulted in knocking Vin out.
“Hopefully he will continue because he is a good kid, Chris.”
Surtees and Middlesbrough fighter Jameson weighed in inside the championship limit yesterday. Tickets can be purchased on the door.