Richard Towers has missed out on a money-spinning contest with controversial heavyweight Audley Harrison - but Saturday’s Commonwealth title eliminator isn’t a bad second best!
On Saturday, Towers takes on Aussie Lucas Browne at Hull, in a match that will see one of their unbeaten records smashed.
Towers is guaranteed a TV slot, a decent pay day and, if he wins, a date with British and Commonwealth champ David Price.
It’s a good gig, but many fans would like to have seen him unleashed on largely-unliked Harrison.
Towers’ trainer Dom Ingle said: “Eddie Hearn (promoter) talked to us about the prospect of Richard v Harrison, but Harrison didn’t want it. He’d said he wanted to come out of retirement (in May) but obviously wanted somebody easier.”
At any rate, Towers has a lot on his plate against old sparring adversary Browne.
The Sheffielder hasn’t boxed for 16 months, after promotional problems and planned fights abroad fell through. But Ingle isn’t concerned about match fitness, ahead of Saturday.
“Richard has sparred with Wladimir Klitschko, Mike Perez, David Haye, Deontay Wilder, Sam Sexton, (Conisbrough’s)Dave Allen and gold medallist Anthony Joshua and made a good impression. The top names don’t mess around. If you are not up to it they get rid you, they are not going to spend £1,000 a week on somebody to waste their time. They want their moneysworth and don’t take pity on you. “Richard survived the cuts in camp and he has come back a different fighter.”
Ingle said that Towers’ defence, leaky in his last outing, had improved significantly.“A few years ago, he’d make mistake sparring with the likes of Tyson Fury, getting caught with shots. His defensive skills have grown and he’s not getting caught by silly shots.”
Towers is four inches taller than Browne at 6ft 8ins, but said Ingle: “Browne is strong, has a high percentage KO rate (88) and has never been in trouble.
“A lot of people would have liked to see Richard with Harrison -but this is a good match up too,”