Manchester boxer retires after controversial TKO defeat to Barnsley rival

Andy Townend lands a punch on Jon Kays.
Andy Townend lands a punch on Jon Kays.
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A boxer has retired after being beaten by an opponent who failed to make the weight obligations before their contest.

Mancunian Jon Kays, formerly of Sheffield, went ahead with the fight against Barnsley’s Andy Townend on the Kell Brook v Errol Spence undercard despite the advice of his coach. He was stopped inside two rounds.

Townend failed to make weight so the Commonwealth super featherweight title was on the line for Kays only. But Kays was down twice before his corner threw the towel in.

Kay’s trainer Darren McCarrick hadn’t wanted the contest to go ahead, said Kays.

“But I’d trained my heart out for it and there was no way I was not fighting. I had 150 people going over to Sheffield I thought I am fighting!”

Kays, 34, suggested Townend was around 11 stone when he stepped into the ring at Bramall Lane.

Kays spotted Townend hours before their match, perceiving him to have “a massive head and shoulders” and told VIP Boxing Promotions: “I thought to myself, I’m up against it here...but it might have been different if he’d have made the weight.”

McCarrick said the most important factor in training camps was diet and that Townend “failed with nutrition. As much as he gave a great performance, he failed in the preparation.

“There was something not right in his camp, he’s done it before, but he couldn’t do it for this fight and he missed out on a title. The contract was made at 9 stone 4 lbs, Jon fulfilled his obligations, everything was bang on as it should be and unfortunately Andy didn’t make it.”

Townend, 28, was ‘disheartened’ he did not make the weight. “I’m a big lad at super feather we’ll see what happens at lightweight now.

Andy Townend VS Jon Kays 
12 x 3 mins vacant Commonwealth Super-Featherweight Championship at Bramall Lane, Sheffield.

Andy Townend VS Jon Kays 12 x 3 mins vacant Commonwealth Super-Featherweight Championship at Bramall Lane, Sheffield.

“Hopefully I can bounce back and start all over again at lightweight, keep knocking on these doors and hitting them before they hit me.

“The title will come back to Barnsley one day...”

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TOWNEND v JON KAYS: pic by Lawrence Lustig

TOWNEND v JON KAYS: pic by Lawrence Lustig