Greg O’Neil is just six days away at his crack for the Northern Area super-middleweight title.
The Gus Robinson Developments fighter will take on Andrew Buchanan in a North-East derby at Gateshead on Friday night.
I’ve trained a lot of lads over the years and in terms of power, Greg’s up there with any of them.PETER COPE
But hopes of a Hartlepooll-Horden double at the event have been dashed after team-mate Liam Cammock was ruled out with a rib injury.
Cammock, who has won his two opening bouts since turning professional, had been due to fight Paul O’Brien over four rounds at the Gateshead Academy for Sport.
But the unbeaten Horden boxer was injured in sparring and has been ruled out.
Gus Robinson Developments head coach Peter Cope said: “It’s a blow for Liam.
“But, as I’ve said before about the young lads in our gym, we’re in no rush with him.
“It’s upsetting for Liam because he’s trained for three months and if the show had been on last month, when it was scheduled to take place, he’d hopefully have had his third win under his belt.
“But this is boxing, these things unfortunately happen.
“I guess he could be out for six or eight weeks but we’ll look to get him back in the ring before the end of the year.”
Horden neighbour O’Neil though is counting down the days to his big opportunity.
It’s a mouth-watering match between the wily and experienced Buchanan and the raw and aggressive O’Neil.
Buchanan, who briefly boxed for the Gus Robinson Developments team 10 years ago, is in the veteran stage of his career at the age of 35, but still remains a very good operator.
O’Neil is less skilled but possesses dynamite hands and Cope admits it’s an intriguing match.
“Greg’s as fit as I think I’ve ever seen him,” said Cope.
“I’d may be have liked a bit more time in the gym with him, but we’ve had a really good two weeks and we’re looking forward to the fight.
“He wasn’t with us for that long, sadly, but Andrew is one of the cleverest boxers I’ve trained.
“But Greg can punch and he has got a chance.
“I’ve trained a lot of lads over the years and in terms of power, Greg’s up there with any of them.
“He’s had all the lads he’s sparred with down in the gym, so the strength is there.
“It looks like being an exciting fight.”
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