BOXING fans in Chester are in for a treat on Sunday when four of the city’s most talented young fighters compete on the ‘Return of the Gladiators’ bill at Chester Racecourse.
Former Deva Police ABC star Joe Lovell, 19, will be hoping to make a big impact on his professional debut while stylish 26-year-old light-middleweight Omar Gumati (Won 9, Lost 4, Drawn 2) will want to do the same on his return to the ring.
Gumati last year missed out on winning the British Masters title in controversial fashion and since then illness and injury have prevented the boy from Blacon from returning to the squared circle.
Deeside-based 24-year-old featherweight Paul Economides (W8, L1) and Great Barrow’s 22-year-old light-welterweight Chris Goodwin (W11, L1, D1) will also get the chance to show off their skills at the showpiece event, which has been organised by promoter Mick Carney and fightoptions.com
It will be talented Goodwin’s first fight in 18 months having taken a break from the sport to complete his degree.
Goodwin’s father, Chester Boxers trainer Steve Goodwin, believes that his fighters are in top shape and ready to put on a real show in what is being billed as the return of big-time boxing to the city.
He said: “It will be a great little show and a good day for boxing in Chester having all four of them on the same card.
“Last season I handed over the management rights of my son Chris to Mick Carney, so I could concentrate on training him and the rest of the lads without the hassle of arranging fights. Next thing I knew Mick had booked the show.
“They’ve all had their heads down training hard of late and we’re glad to now get the opportunity to get them all back out on the road.”
Goodwin Snr believes the show will provide excellent preparation for his men ahead of some potential title fights early next year.
He said: “It will be a good day, with lots of different styles, skills and abilities on display.
“Each one of them will compete in four, three-minute rounds and I’m hoping for four victories!”
‘Return of the Gladiators’ takes place at Chester Racecourse on Sunday. Doors open at 2pm.
Tickets cost £30 for floor seating, £45 ringside, and £15 for under 16s.
Call 01244 342012 to book your tickets.