Dean Pithie will become the
first Coventry boxer to fight for a world title in his home city when
he challenges for the super featherweight crown at the SkyDome Arena
later this month.
Pithie will take on
Moroccan-born French IBO champion Alfif Djelti on 28 October over 12
rounds on a bill which will also include Coventry fighters Richard
Evatt, Mark Payne, Gareth Payne, and Tony Conroy.
Pithie has been out of
competitive action since breaking his hand in his defeat against
Wiseman Jim earlier this year but has been sparring with Billy Schwer
ahead of his world title bid next week.
The 26-year-old said:
"I am delighted to get
this shot at a world title - it is what I have worked all these
years for. My hand injury may have done me some good in that I have
been able to rest and recharge my batteries.
“This will be my eighth 12
round contest in two years and that plus the training can take it
out of you.
"It is one thing
getting a crack at a world title but for it to be here in Coventry
at the SkyDome is fantastic.
“The atmosphere was
brilliant when we fought there last time and to have almost 3,000
people cheering me on will make a big difference."
Promoter Jess Harding is
convinced Pithie is ready for the step up in class and is confident
home advantage may make the telling difference.
"There is always
something special about a fighter appearing in his home city and
Dean will make history. That is an added incentive on top of the
world title. Coventry always produces a great atmosphere and the
SkyDome is tailor-made for boxing. It will be a great night."
Harding is hoping
featherweight Richard Evatt can continue to build after his
disappointing defeat against Isaac Zabaduka at the Aston Villa Leisure
Centre earlier this year.
"He has had one win
since and he still has a big future if he can stay motivated and
right on track.
“We still have to settle
on an opponent for Richie but it will be a big, big fight for him
which could decide which way his career goes."
Mark Payne is unbeaten in 10
super bantamweight fights and will step up for eight rounds for the
first time in his career. His brother Gareth is on the comeback trail
and could take on Nuneaton's Chris Emanuelle.
Birmingham's Roy Rutherford,
the former ABA Champion, will also be on the bill.
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