PROMOTER Mark Neilson has announced Fight Town II will take place at the Oasis Leisure Centre on Saturday, September 28, with top-10 British-ranked cruiserweight Luke Watkins topping the bill.

Fight Town II, in association with Swindon trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick’s Trifecta group, is the next instalment in a series of shows that will feature promising and successful local boxers such as Watkins, Ryan Martin, Sam Smith and Bec Connolly.

The opening show in the series saw nearly 2,000 people watch 13 bouts back in April, including victories for the aforementioned names as well as Jensen Irving, who was making his professional debut.

During the second show in September, promoter Neilson – whose father Eddie fought former heavyweight world champion Frank Bruno back in 1983 – is hoping to include important fights for Watkins – the number seven cruiserweight in the UK – and welterweight Martin, who will look to record his fifth consecutive victory in a potential Southern Area title eliminator bout.

Neilson has made no secret of the fact he believes Swindon is one of the main hubs for British boxing, and says it is important for him to put on big shows for fans with competitive fights.

“We’ve just done two big 13-fight cards on the bounce,” said Neilson.

“And this next one, as of today, we’ve got 16 fights on the card, and we’re three months out still.

“We know it’s going to be a monster card again because that’s what everyone wants.

“At £35 a ticket, they can dip in and go to see their favourite, or they can sit there from 5pm and watch the whole thing.”

After announcing the launch of his second Fight Town show, Neilson stated his intention to make it bigger and better than ever before, while assuring potential fans that his events are some of the best organised in the country.

The promoter also highlighted his desire to invest as much time and money as he feels is necessary to produce a top-quality show.

Neilson said: “I’ve done 28 shows altogether, and this is my sixth pro show, so we’re still learning as we go.

“We invest a lot in them, we don’t cut corners, so we spend a lot to get it right.

“We spend that money to make the show as good as we can.

“Because we’ve moved our way up from four, five and six-fight cards to two 13-fight cards and now a 16-fight card, we’re learning as we go and it’s running really slick.

“Now, we’re quite confident that we can put a 16-fight card on and we can make it run slick, on time and to plan.

“It’s exciting times ahead.”