Wombwell ace braced for Central Area title shot

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SHOULD Neil Beevers win on Friday night, he will be catapulted into the top 20 welterweights in the country.

That would be a monumental achievement according to trainer Mick Wale and he sees no reason why Beevers can’t overcome Chorley’s Chris Johnson and bring the Central Area title back to South Yorkshire.

Wale said: “This is a massive opportunity and could open doors to Neil. I’m not naive enough to think we’re in the top league because we’re nowhere near your Kell Brooks, but he’ll give anyone a fight at this level because he’s so big for the weight and so determined.”

Wombwell’s Beevers, 27 and Johnson headline the bill in Leigh.

“Chris Johnson is a very good kid and he’s coming in off two stoppages so he’ll be full of confidence, but so is Neil,” added Wale. “This is probably Neil’s level, anything above is over-achieving.

“Whether this goes one round or 10, I’m confident Neil will be bringing the title home. Then we’ll have two central area champions with my lad Josh (super-bantamweight champion) too.

“It’s going to be Neil’s hardest fight but he’s worked hard for it and he’s ready.”

Beevers won his first title as a professional last month by stopping Sean McKervey in the third round at Barnsley Metrodome and has made improvements to his defence since making his debut in 2009.

Of Johnson, Beevers said: “He’s the champion so he’s going to be fighting tooth and nail, like I would, to keep hold of it. It is a step up and I’m looking forward to it.”