Cruiserweight star tops the bill

Shawn Grant

Shawn Grant

First published in Sport Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by

UNDEFEATED cruiserweight champion Shawn Grant headlines Neilson Promotions’ whitecollar show on Saturday night at the Oasis Leisure Centre.

Grant takes on Birmingham’s Stewart Tordoff, a former professional boxer, who should give the Swindon boxer a run for his money.

Another mouthwatering clash on the 13-fight bill sees Swindon’s Craig Leadbetter take on Dudley’s Jamie Gelder for the vacant Neilson Promotions’ super-middleweight title.

Promoter Mark Neilson is delighted with the card he and his team have put together, saying: “We always find it a challenge to improve on each show, we have gone from having a few hundred turn up at the Premier Club for our first show in 2008, to having excess of 2000 people flock to our last show.

“But our shows are getting bigger and better, and we all put pressure on ourselves to ensure that we surpass each show.

“Our main event, featuring Shawn Grant should be one to remember, he’s still undefeated, the opponents are getting harder and better each time and he's still got his eye on switching over into the pro ranks.

“He wants to get a couple of fights under his belt and keep his undefeated streak going.

“He’s already in negotiations for getting a pro contract.

“Craig (Leadbetter) is undoubtedly the king of white collar in the area, he’s one of the most entertaining fighters, he never disappoints, he’s never in a bad fight and we have had to bring in the experienced Jamie Gelder from out of town.

“Jamie has had 30 white collar fights and fought as a pro as recently as last month, so we have had to negotiate to bring him in, he's a good opponent for Craig.

“There was nobody good enough locally or nobody brave enough to take on Craig, but we have to do these things to make sure we keep putting on the big fights.

Saturday’s full card: Shawn Grant v Stewart Tordoff (cruiserweight title); Craig Leadbeater v Jamie Gelder (vacant super-middleweight title); Rich Loveday v Phil Williams (heavyweight title); Luke Robinson v Jamie Ashby; George Eason v Faz Farrell; Stewart Johnson v Stevie Wilkins; Steven Hughes v Mark Tring; Alex Chappell-King v Paul Bunney; Gary Venton v Dave Marsh; Ant Green v Lee Penney; Jonnie Stokes v Carl Brewer; James Aghabi v Shaun Reed; Steve Williams v Bobby Collard.

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