Plympton prospect Courtney Richards makes pro debut on world title bill
PLYMOUTH boxer Courtney Richards is knocked out at the prospect of making his professional debut on a world title bill.
Cruiserweight Richards has been matched with Danny Griffiths on the undercard of world champion Nathan Cleverly's showdown with US-based Russian Sergey Kovalev on August 17.
Cleverly's defence of his WBO light heavyweight crown takes place at Cardiff's massive Motorpoint Arena and is being shown live on a satellite television channel.
So Richards, who trains at Carl's Boxing Stable in Colebrook, is assured of 'maximum exposure' in his four rounder with fellow newbie Griffiths.
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The 20-year-old's trainer and gym owner, Carl Robson, insisted Richards is neither fazed or intimidated at the prospect of such a high-profile entrance, and instead cannot wait to make the most of the opportunity.
Robson said: "Courtney had been hoping to make a grand entrance, but fighting on a world title show has exceeded even his thoughts of a dream debut.
"When it was confirmed that he would be on the bill and that it was to be televised, too, Courtney wanted to cut short his holiday and return to training.
"That's the sort of lad he is and I'm as certain as you can be in this business, that he will make an impact in boxing.
"We don't as yet know that much about his opponent, except that he has been an amateur champion of Wales, but to be honest, we're just delighted to have our boy on such a prestigious show.
"And more to the point, so is Courtney."
There will be two other title bouts of note on the Frank Warren promotion which is being shown on BoxNation and BBO.
Holder Gary Buckland faces challenger Stephen Smith with the British super-featherweight title at stake, and Enzo Maccarenelli's bid to wrest the Commonwealth light heavyweight title from Ovill McKenzie's grasp.
Richards is the second boxer from the Colebrook-based boxing gym to have turned pro this summer.
Light welterweight Ollie Rainbird lost on points to another ring rookie Michael Mooney over four rounds in Birmingham last month.
Robson has, he said, at least one if not two more prospects set to turn professional and thus will need new recruits to swell his amateur ranks.