Hartlepool boxer Simon Vallily to fight Moses Matovu on Frank Warren DebRA show

TOP BOXER: Simon Vallily
TOP BOXER: Simon Vallily

BIG summer signing Simon Vallily is set to make his first ring appearance since joining the Gus Robinson Developments gym.

The 2010 Commonwealth Games champion, who is managed by major British boxing figure Frank Warren, swapped the bright lights of London for Hartlepool in the summer.

SportMail reported in June how the 28-year-old decided to link up with Gus Robinson Developments head coach Peter Cope.

Now, Vallily will have his first contest with Cope in his corner when he fights Irish-based warrior Moses Matovu in London this Friday night.

The cruiserweight bout is on Warren’s annual DebRA Fight Night, at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane.

“Frank Warren puts a massive charity show on every year,” said Cope. “It’s great that Simon has been chosen.

“I’ve been excited about Simon ever since he came to the gym, he’s a fabulous athlete and boxer, who can go a long way.

“It’s his second pro fight but my first with him.

“It’s about getting some rounds in him and more professional experience and this bout appears to fit the bill.

“Matovu looks very experienced and durable and that’s the sort of opponent we wanted.

“Simon would not learn a great deal by blasting out someone in a round.

“Matovu is very well travelled and schooled and he will take some shifting.

“This is an ideal contest.”

Matovu, originally from Uganda, is now based in Bangor, Northern Ireland.

His record is not great – four wins and four draws in 37 outings – but he has been stopped only once in the last five years.

DebRA is the national charity working on behalf of people in the UK with the genetic skin blistering condition Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).