Coward set for title tilt

READY FOR WAR: Tommy Coward will go after his first professional title next month
READY FOR WAR: Tommy Coward will go after his first professional title next month

TOMMY Coward will go after his first professional title when he headlines Stefy Bull’s latest promotion at Doncaster Dome next month, writes Liam Hoden.

The Swinton welterweight is set to face John Wayne Hibbert for the British Masters title on June 8.

Hibbert has suffered just one defeat in his eight bout career – losing by a point in the Prizefighter quarter-final to Celtic champion Kevin McIntyre – meaning the bout is far from a foregone conclusion for Coward.

Bull said: “This is a 50-50 fight without a doubt.

“A lot of promoters wouldn’t put someone like Tommy in a fight like this after seven fights.

“But we can’t hang about with him because he’s 27 now, we can’t afford to pad his record.

“And we don’t need to either because of the amateur pedigree Tommy came in with.

“If he wants to be British champion then he’s got to take fights like this sooner rather than later.

“He knows this kid from the amateurs and he’s definitely confident of beating him.

“This is the type of fight people want to see because they have no idea what the outcome is going to be.

“It’s a fantastic chance for Tommy to show what he’s capable of.”

Coward heads into the bout on the back of two straight stoppage wins which stretched his 100 per cent record to seven fights.

The rest of Bull’s card is set to be built on the England v Europe theme to mark the start of Euro 2012.

Mexborough’s Stuart Brookes will fight Attila Tibor Nagy, a Hungarian fighter unbeaten after five fights.

Former Bolton-upon-Dearne trained amateur Connor Nixon is set to face Slovakian Ladislav Kollar with both fighters having fought two won two so far in their young careers.

Gavin McDonnell will go up against former Josh Wale opponent Elemir Rafael while Maxi Hughes will meet Ivan Godor of Slovakia.

Denaby’s Adam Jones will also make his professional debut on the show.

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