FIRE & ICE… THE RUN DOWN!
Sanigar Events & S4C present an evening of power-packed professional boxing this Saturday night (April 14th2018), rounding off a trio of events in the capital that began with Anthony Joshua and followed up with the Welsh Amateur finals last Saturday.
This massive third event, at Cardiff’s Ice Arena, is headlined by Ashley Brace, but also features Craig Kennedy’s comeback and Bradley Pryce’s career-decider, against young prospect Kieran Gething.
Also on the bill are the much-loved, much-feared Liam Williams, the keen, hungry Gavin Gwynne & the super-slickster Kristian Touze.
Not to leave out the big man himself, Fairwater’s own Nathan Thorley, fighting a last-minute replacement in England’s Adam Jones. When Fight Scene asked Nathan where he saw himself in five years, his response was immediate & direct… “World Champion”.
Expect fire on the ice this Saturday night… tickets are available on the door and viewing is available live on S4C.
Read on for Fight Scene’s best of the bill…
ASHLEY BRACE V XENIA JORNEAC
Ashley challenges for the vacant European super-flyweight belt on the top of the bill, against a 24 year old Romanian southpaw, fighting out of Germany, with eight wins behind her and a number 2 European ranking.
But Jorneac has been knocked out twice, so expect Ashley to try & make that a hat trick tomorrow night. Having dropped weight to make this fight, Ashley, as the naturally bigger fighter, will hope to find out that she held onto her power during camp.
BRADLEY PRYCE V KIERAN GETHING
When opponents don’t show up, it’s easy to expect the worst. But when the heavy-handed Tony Dixon announced that he was unable to fight Kieran Gething this week, arrangements were made for seasoned pro Bradley Pryce to replace him.
Pryce may have lost his last four, but he has shared a ring with every type of fighter there is in the last 17 years, stopping 20 of his opponents and beating 18 more across the distance.
The ever-ready Gething (six fights since turning pro a year ago), who is also the former captain of the Welsh amateur team, will look to use his younger legs, his considerable skills and his ring intelligence learned fresh from the amateur game to create distance and find openings against the older man.
But he will have his work cut out against the veteran in the opposite corner – Bradley Pryce is absolutely no stranger to a war.
The clash of styles in this hugely anticipated match-up should keep the crowd bouncing long into the night.
CRAIG KENNEDY V NIKOLAJS GRISUNINS
The grit to come back from a big loss is a character trait that many fighters simply cannot muster. Not so Craig Kennedy, who welcomes the chance to re-assure his fans on Saturday night, when he takes on Latvian Southpaw, Nikolajs Grisunins.
Grisunin’s fast hands & knock out power have yet to be tested at Kennedy’s level, but the southpaw’s manager insists that they have studied Craig’s fights rigorously and hope to expose some holes when the pair face.
Doing so, however, in front of Craig’s home crowd, should be a step too far when you consider the experience, the skill-set and the range that Craig brings back to the ring, even after a loss.
Images by Sarah Hopkins Photography
Weigh In Details
Where: Ice Arena Wales
When: 1pm Friday 13th April
Ashley Brace – Xenia Jorneac
Liam Williams – Anatoli Humanyan
Craig Kennedy – Nikolajs Grisunins
Nathan Thorley – Charles Adamu
Kieran Gething – Bradley Pryce
Sanigar Events and S4C are proud to announce a huge night of championship boxing at the Ice Arena Wales on April 14th. In the headline event Ashley Brace, Wales’ undefeated female contender will drop down in weight to take on Germany’s Xenia Jorneac for the vacant European super-flyweight championship. Brace fought an enthralling back and forth contest last time out that ended in a draw against Melania Sorroche for the European title at bantamweight.
Former British title challenger Liam Williams returns in a homecoming contest against Armenian Anatoli Humanyan in the chief support contest. Craig Kennedy faces another tough test in his return bout against undefeated Latvian puncher Nikolajs Grisunins. Kennedy returns to the ring for the first time since his unsuccessful British title challenge against Matty Askin.
Newly crowned Welsh light heavyweight champion Nathan Thorley steps up in class against experience Ghanaian Charles Adamu. Adamu who has previously held the commonwealth title is on a winning streak dating back to 2016 and has only lost against top class opposition including world champions George Groves and Carl Froch. Pontypool’s Kieran Gething squares off with former Commonwealth Champion Bradley Pryce in a cross roads contest for both fighters. Pryce is seen as a potential banana skin for Gething who has ambitions of capturing the Welsh title this year.
Olympic Silver medallist Fred Evans boxes the durable William Warburton from Atherton. Welsh Champion Gavin Gwynne takes on tough journeyman Dean Evans and Jacob Robinson the son of former World Champion Steve Robinson appears in his second contest after a stunning KO victory in his debut. Completing the line up is the ever popular Kristian Touze from Swansea who will box Alec Bazza from Belfast and Lotty Quryshi from Cardiff who makes his debut against Casey Blair.
Full Fight Card
Vacant EBU Super Flyweight Title 10×2 Minute Rounds
Ashley Brace v Xenia Jorneac
(Ebbw Vale) (Germany)
7 Wins 0 Loss 1 Draw 8 Wins 2 Loss
8×3 International Super Welterweight Contest
Liam Williams v Anatoli Humanyan
(Clydach Vale) 7 Wins 3 Loss 1Draw
16 Wins 2 Loss 1 Draw
8×3 International Cruiserweight Contest
Craig Kennedy v Nikolajs Grisunins
16 Wins 1 Loss 7 Wins 0 Loss 1 Draw
8×3 International Light Heavyweight Contest
Nathan Thorley v Charles Adamu
9 Wins 0 Loss 30 Wins 9 Loss
6×3 Welterweight Contest
Kieran Gething v Bradley Pryce
6×3 Lightweight Contest
Gavin Gwynne v Dean Evans
8Wins 0 Loss
4×3 Super Welterweight Contest
Fred Evans v William Warburton
3 Wins 0 Loss
4×3 Lightweight Contest
Kristian Touze v Alec Bazza
5 Win 0 Loss 1 Draw
4×3 Featherweight Contest
Jacob Robinson v Jamie Quinn
1 Win 0 Loss
4×3 Middleweight Contest
Lotty Quryshi v Casey Blair
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