Gaynor hopes for third time lucky against Hughes

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A frustrated Chad Gaynor got his seventh straight win at the weekend but not against his scheduled opponent.

The Thyrbergh light-welter, 20, was supposed to be facing former ABA champion and fellow unbeaten prospect Joe Hughes in what would have been a really competitive contest at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium, but Hughes pulled out late with a hand injury.

Gaynor instead faced Bognor Regis’ Liam Griffiths and earned himself a shutout 40-36 points win.

Trainer Jamie Kennedy explained: “Joe withdrew from the fight saying he had a hand injury, so we had to take what was left for us and Liam didn’t want to come for a fight. He held and ran away for the entire four rounds but Chad caught him a few times and won the fight clearly.”

This is the second time a fight with Gaynor and Hughes has fallen through. The first time Gaynor withdrew at three weeks notice with a chest infection. Kennedy remains hopeful that it will be third time lucky.

“We spoke with Frank Maloney last night and we’ll be attempting to fight Joe on Frank’s Wigan show on December 3,” he said.

“We need this fight for Chad because he doesn’t sell many tickets and we do need to build his profile and Rotherham’s boxing profile.

“If Joe comes to fight Chad, he’ll get knocked out. Anyone who’s ever tried to come and beat Chad has been caught. Another one of our lads Martin Shaw boxed Joe and it was a tough fight and Chad will put it on him a lot more than Martin did.”

Griffiths went into survival mode because had he been stopped, his scheduled fight with fellow Rotherham fighter Tommy Coward at Doncaster Dome in a fortnight would have been cancelled.