Tom Doran has been rewarded for his sensational Prizefighter success with a place on next month’s massive televised show in Liverpool.
And trainer Shane Thomas hopes the 27-year-old from Connah’s Quay will be fighting in an eliminator for the British title.
“We’re looking at making this next fight an eliminator and to be honest Tom deserves it,” said Thomas, who runs Shotton ABC.
“John Ryder and Nick Blackwell are fighting for the vacant title in London on Saturday night and hopefully we will get a shot at the winner, which I think will be Ryder.”
Doran earned himself £32,000 and a £2,000 knock-out bonus when he floored Cello Renda in the Prizefighter final at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens in February.
Doran defeated tricky southpaw Craig Cunningham in the quarter-final before claiming an unanimous points win over Irishman Luke Keeler in the semi-final.
Doran lost the first round in the final as the big-hitting Renda made a strong start, but the Deesider took the second and then sent his opponent spinning to the canvas with a vicious left hook in the third.
He will make his first appearance since then on Eddie Hearn’s ‘All or Nothing’ card at the ECHO Arena on June 26, which features David Price, Tony Bellew and Rocky Fielding.
IN PICTURES: Tom Doran wins Prizefighter at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool
Thomas believes his man will rise to the occasion of being on such a high-profile show and expects him to put on another eye-catching display.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity and more great exposure for Tom and he’s flying at the moment,” said Thomas supported in the corner by Doran’s father Clive. “When he came back we took him in at super-middleweight but we knew we could get him back down and he looks so comfortable and powerful at middleweight now.
“When we got asked to go and do Prizefighter we started the training camp and I knew after a week that we could win it.
“The likes of Craig Cunningham and Cello Renda are good fighters but I knew Tom could beat them. The camp went well, sparring was perfect and he was brilliant on the night. I knew he would win and that’s not being disrespectful to the others or arrogant, but we’ve always know how good Tom could be and it’s fantastic that he’s gone and done it.”
Tickets for the show in Liverpool are now on sale and are available from Shane Thomas on 07525 484407.