PROMOTER Mark Neilson says the excitement is beginning to grow with only a handful of days remaining until the Fight Town 2 show takes place at the Oasis Leisure Centre.

The show – which is promoted in association with Swindon trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick his and Trifecta stable – is set to feature several hometown favourites, including Ryan Martin, who tops the bill in his bout against Joseph Lamptey, Luke ‘the Duke’ Watkins, Bec Connolly and Jensen Irving.

And while there may not be the number of title fights that many had hoped for, Neilson promised the town’s fight fans plenty of bang for their buck as the 11-fight show is crammed into less than five hours of boxing.

Promoter Neilson revealed that promising welterweight Martin will top the show and will be ably supported by one of the top-10 ranked cruiserweights in the country in Watkins as he warms up for a potential title fight himself in the next Fight Town show.

Neilson said: “Ryan Martin’s fight will be the main event with eight three-minute rounds, but we’ve also got Luke Watkins – who is championship level and ranked inside the top 10 in Britain – in support too.

“He’s fighting in a six-rounder, which is designed to keep him busy with a view to a title shot in our next show.

“Luke wants to keep winning, keep active, keep busy. He’ll fight anyone, any time, but we’re really going to be pushing for a title fight for Luke in the next show.”

Fight Town 2 is also set to feature two more boxers that Neilson believes may have a title shot sooner rather than later, Connolly and Irving.

‘Lady Luck’ Connolly will step into the ring against the woman that she faced in her professional debut, Monika Antoni,k while Irving is up against Dan Sabastonelli as trainer Fitzpatrick aims to step up the welterweight’s preparation for a title bout.

Neilson said: “Bec is fighting Monika Antonik. She is someone who is really experienced and has had over 30 fights.

“Bec has fought Monica before actually, but it’s difficult to match her with another fighter because there are so few female boxers.

“We were looking for a title fight for her, and we were in discussions, but that might have to wait until some stage in the future.

“We’ve also got Jensen Irving in his second fight – trained by Paddy Fitzpatrick – and they’ve got really high hopes for him.

“Paddy wants to move him on to title fights quite quickly, but he’s fighting a really experienced guy, so that will be a tough one but a really good fight too.”