Melksham boxer ready for professional debut

MELKSHAM boxing prospect Megan Redstall says she can’t wait to show what she’s capable of as she prepares to make her professional debut next month.  

Megan, who is based at Mark Kent’s Contender gym in Melksham, is set to make her first appearance as a professional on Neilson Boxing’s Fight Town show on Saturday 18th September.  

The show, which is taking place at Swindon’s MECA, will feature a variety of talent from the county including former Commonwealth cruiserweight champion Luke Watkins, as well as fellow debutants Connor Gray and brothers Billy and Nigel Harris.  

“I’m really looking forward to making my debut and I’m grateful for the opportunity,” said Megan.  

“I’ve been looking to make my debut for a long time. I was meant to fight in April as of last year but due to coronavirus that obviously didn’t go ahead.  

“Ever since then I have just been doing constant training to make sure I’m at the best of my ability.  

“My debut has been a long time coming, I think I have been waiting now for about two years, so I’m hungry for this fight. 

“Words can’t really describe my excitement for this fight. I’m going to be explosive and I’m going to show my speed.”  

In preparation for her debut, the super flyweight has been sparring with some experienced boxers including Swindon’s Bec Connolly, who has fought stars such as world champion Terri Harper, Olympian Tasha Jonas and Walsall’s Rachel Ball.  

“Sparring wise, I’ve sparred all of the professional lads in the gym,” she added.  

“I’ve also been sparring with Bec Connolly, she is quite well known in this area because she has been in some big fights.  So we’ve had some great sparring, we are just getting ready for this fight and I’m really looking forward to it. I can’t wait to go in there and show everyone what I can do.”  

Neilson Boxing Promoter Mark Neilson says he is eagerly anticipating Megan’s debut after hearing good things about her from people within the sport.  

“It’s great that Megan will be making her debut with us, and we are really looking forward to seeing what she is capable of,” he said.  

“I’ve heard a few people say she is one to watch and I know she has been sparring with some good professionals as preparation.”  

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Boxing clever: new baby gives Max a sharper focus

WELTERWEIGHT Max Mudway says his new family life has sharpened his focus when it comes to professional boxing as he readies himself to return to the ring, writes Matt Davies. 

Mudway, who has a perfect record of 4-0 as a professional, is set to star on Neilson Boxing’s Fight Town show in Swindon on Saturday, September 18th, in what will be his first outing for almost a year and half.

The 25-year-old’s career shuddered to a halt because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but away from the sport, he has had a busy year as he got engaged and became a dad for the first time.

The birth of his son, Dempsey, earlier this year has given the Stroud fighter a fresh motivation ahead of his fight next month as he paid tribute to his partner Ellie helping him stay on top of his preparation.

“Last year was a bad year for a lot of people, but for me, it definitely took a turn for the better as I met my fiancé,” he said.

Family man: Max Mudway, baby Dempsey and partner Ellie

“We have a baby now, so it has been a crazy year. I’ve learned a lot about myself and it has been quite eye-opening.

“I go to the gym every day and put myself through agony for my new family, it’s all for my little man.

“Before, it was just for me but now I have a couple of other people it’s for as well and that has given me another reason to want to succeed that little bit more.

“Being in camp kills me because I’m away early in the morning and sometimes I don’t get back until late at night.

“I have to hold my hands up to my partner because she is the one getting up late at night so get up and train.”

In the ring, Mudway admits the delay has put an end to any momentum he had at the beginning of last year, but says he is looking to remain as active as possible for the remainder for 2021.

“Once the New Year starts I’m going for titles and nothing is getting in my way because I’ve missed out on a lot,” he added.

“Pre-covid we were looking at trying to fight for the Southern Area title, so had that of all gone to plan I would like to think I’d have fought for that title already.

“We are planning on fighting in September and then again in October to keep busy.”

Mudway will be featuring on the show alongside Fight Factory stablemate Shabir Haidary, who is making his debut, as well as other talent such as former Commonwealth cruiserweight champion Luke Watkins.

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Boxing clever: new baby gives Max a sharper focus

Fight Town series to make September return in Swindon

PROMOTER Mark Neilson says professional boxing will be back with a bang as he announces the return of Neilson Boxing’s Fight Town series.

Neilson’s next show, which will feature a host of homegrown talent including Swindon’s former Commonwealth champion Luke Watkins, will take place on Saturday 18th September at the MECA.

The event will be the first of its kind for well over a year after Covid-19 curtailed Neilson Boxing’s last proposed show back in April 2020.

In addition to Watkins, who has a record of 14-2, the show features talent from further afield in the south west, such as Oxford’s Brad Townsend, Somerset’s Ryan Wheeler and son of former world champion Lee Haskins, Anton, who is unbeaten since becoming a professional in 2019.

Reflecting on the card and the return to action, Neilson can’t wait to get underway.

“We are delighted to be back and we are back with a bang,” said the Swindon promoter, who also revealed a plethora of Wiltshire fighters who are set to star in September.

“The line-up is great, we have Luke Watkins who is a top 10 ranked cruiserweight and he will be fighting for some titles soon.

“We have a couple of debuts, which is always good. People might not have heard of these but we have a young lady called Megan Redstall who is fighting out of Mark Kent’s gym Contender in Melksham and we also have Connor Gray from Liam Lathbury’s Emerald set up in Chippenham too.

“Johnny Ward will be on the show. He looks good, he sounds good and he’s a really hard-hitting super-middleweight, who has changed his coaching set up so it’s exciting to see what he will bring to the table.”

Over recent years Neilson Boxing have enjoyed great success with their shows attracting large crowds at both the MECA and Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon.

Despite tickets only just going on sale, Neilson says he has been encouraged by the uptake so far and is looking forward to hosting another live show.

“Not only are we back, but we are back at the MECA too which is a great small hall venue for boxing and Swindon fight fans are chomping at the bit,” he added.

“Hopefully we will lift the roof off the place. We have only just started selling tickets and they’re already going quite quickly online, so looks like it’s going to be a sell-out.

“A standard ticket is £40, this is going to be a card with 10 great fights and a real quality operator and hometown hero in Luke Watkins as main event. In addition to that we also have a Southern Area title final eliminator as chief support to Luke, so it makes for a great night out.”

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Oxford boxer Bradley Townsend previews MECA Swindon fight

BRADLEY Townsend says he cannot wait to show his new and improved style after switching up his coaching set-up during lockdown.

The fighter, who was born in Oxford, has a perfect record of 8-0 as a professional, as he looks ahead to his ring return next month.

The 26-year-old will feature on Neilson Boxing’s show on Saturday, September 18 in Swindon, as he faces Faheem Khan, 14-11-2, in a final eliminator for the southern area welterweight title.

During lockdown Townsend split with his long-term coach, Paddy Fitzpatrick after the Irishman opted to retire from the sport.

However, after linking-up with new trainer Robert Lloyd Taylor, the unbeaten prospect he feels he has improved as a fighter since his last outing in 2019.

“When Paddy announced his retirement it was a little bit of a shock but he guided me in the right direction,” he said.

“Since I started with Robert it has been great, we get on really well, he has a really good gym and he has great contacts.

“I’m more excited to fight now than I was 18 months ago.

“I can’t wait to get back in, I’ve got a new coach and I’ve developed as a fighter too.

“We’ve been working on my power. Robert wants me to trade punches a lot more and I feel a difference myself, I’m sitting in my shots more so I should produce a much better performance when it comes to power and strength.

“Usually I’m moving around a lot in my fights, but this time I am looking to do some damage.”

Townsend is a regular feature on Neilson Boxing shows, appearing five times in his eight-bout career and promoter Mark Neilson says he is looking forward to watching the fighter face Khan.

“The welterweight division is a really congested division domestically,” explained Neilson.

“Faheem is very experienced, he’s had nearly 30 fights and Bradley is only 8-0 but he’s a really slick mover – he doesn’t punch a massive amount but he’s in with a durable opponent.

“I think it will be a really skilful 10-round fight and it is great support to the main event, which is former Commonwealth champion Luke Watkins.”

The show is set to take place on September 18 at the MECA in Swindon.

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