boxing returns to Coventry for the first time in 10 years tonight when local hope Dean
Pithie fights for the WBC International super-featherweight title.
The 25-year-old from Willenhall will perform in front of 1,200 fervent fans at the
Coventry Sports Centre. Tickets were an instant sell out and promoter Jess Harding is
already considering further shows in the city which spawned Bobby Arthur, Danny McAlinden
and Errol Christie.
Pithie takes on South African Andrew Matabola after original opponent Frenchman Alfif
Djelti pulled out.
And the Coventry fans are going to be in for a treat. City featherweight Richard Evatt
is on the card, just a fortnight after losing in Poland, along with the unbeaten Mark
Payne and Neil Simpson.
"I am very much surprised that everything sold out as quickly as it did. To sell
out a show like this in four days is fantastic and it reflects the interest in the local
fighters and the quality of the bill.
"I remember all the famous names of boxing who have come from this area and
hopefully we can bring a few more through who will go on to be champions.
"Dean and Richard certainly have that potential and Mark is building a good, solid
reputation. It is becoming more difficult for me to find him opponents.
"Everything is ready for what should be a very good night on the Coventry sporting
Pithie lost his WBO Intercontinental belt last year and his bout against the
29-year-old former South African featherweight title holder represents a chance to
re-establish himself in the top class.
He will also be fighting in front of the Sky TV cameras and the bout will be shown next
Wednesday. BBC Coventry and Warwickshire have struck a two-match deal with Harding.