ALL the fighters that come out of Steve Slaney’s gym in Conisbrough seem to be the same size and shape.
Whether he has a conveyor belt with the same moulds, or it is a mere co-incidence it’s useful that all the fighters in the gym can have competitive sparring sessions.
Slaney has two fighters ready to make their debuts on Glyn Rhodes’ show at iceSheffield on November 9 and both are set to campaign at cruiserweight. Slaney’s son Danny is a few pounds lighter at light-heavy.
For the two novices, Matthew Brierley, aged 19, from Harworth and Conisbrough’s Arron Boyce, it has allowed them to prepare for their professional bows together.
Brierley, who boxed in the ABA finals as an amateur, said: “I started at 13 and I had been to a few gyms but I felt settled with Steve [Slaney] and he feels like I’m ready to make the step up to pro boxing now.
“He’s got a good relationship with Glyn and we try to train over there two days a week too.
“Arron is a good fighter and we have good sparring sessions.
“He’s a bit older than me (at 24) and a bit more aggressive. I like to box and I think I’ll have more of an opportunity to pick my shots now.
“I won’t have to hurry so much.”
Boyce and Brierley will be a part of the first ever show at the venue and their introduction sees the number of town professionals approaching twenty.
“Doncaster is buzzing and there a lot of amateurs coming into the gyms off the streets too, which can only be a good thing,” said Brierley.
“Jamie McDonnell has shown what a lad from Doncaster can achieve and that will only inspire more people.”
Slaney will take on Bessacarr’s James Tucker in a Doncaster grudge match on the same bill.
Boyce faces Junior Millar, who lost on his debut last month. Brierley is set to face a fellow debutant.
Super-flyweight prospect Connor Nixon has been joined in the professional ranks by his brother Woz who’ll debut on Stefy Bull’s Dome show on December 1.
A gym versus gym theme is planned against the Shinfield’s of Somercotes.