Richard Towers in battle of giant heavyweights

Sizeable challenge: Sheffield's Richard Towers.   Picture: Steve parkin
Sizeable challenge: Sheffield's Richard Towers. Picture: Steve parkin
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RICHARD TOWERS will have to rely on the same skills that he showed sparring with the likes of Dereck Chisora, Tyson Fury and Sam Sexton if he is to wear a European belt next month.

The Sheffielder is in a battle of 6ft 5ins giants at Manchester on June 16, when he takes on Germany’s Michael Wallisch.

Towers’ trainer Dominic Ingle accepts the European title fight represents “a big jump” for his man.

The 32-year old may have a 13-fight unbeaten record and 76 per cent KO rate, but he has never competed at this rarified level before.

“German fighters are always well schooled and disciplined” said Ingle. “But against quality opponents in sparring Richard has chosen he can deal with some heavy onslaughts. If he goes about the fight using the skills he has shown in sparring he can win.”

Wallisch, 26, has never fought out of Germany before. But he has eight wins on his record, five by KO.

He won the German heavyweight title over ten rounds last year.

The show, at the Velodrome, Manchester, will also see Sheffield’s Ryan Rhodes take on big-punching Belarusian Sergey Rabchenko, as the pair compete for the European light-middleweight title. The card is headlined by the British bantamweight title fight between Scott Quigg and Rendall Munroe.

Sheffield’s amateur boxing scene stages one of the year’s most interesting and significant events tomorrow.

Dennis Hobson’s South Yorkshire Sports Academy hosts a team from Clonard ABC, in Belfast.

The Sheffield fighters were invited over to a tournament at the Northern Ireland gym last year and after a successful trip, were happy to arrange a return series.

Tomorrow’s show, at Beighton Miners Welfare, High Street, (£10 on the door) will feature no fewer than 14 bouts, ranging from 12 years olds to seniors. Among the performers will be promising boxers Joe Jenkins and Connor Archer.

Match-maker Chris Smedley said: “We were treated really well in Belfast and it is great to build a relationship with another club from over the water. When we took our lads over their it opened a few eyes and we’re delighted to show them around our city. One of our visits will be to the GB training base at the English Institute of Sport.”