PROMOTER Mark Neilson says Swindon’s boxing fans can expect a great show when Neilson Boxing’s Fight Town series returns in just over two months.

Swindon’s Ryan Martin will top the bill for Fight Town IV, which is due to take place at the MECA on Saturday 18th April.

While the fight date is several weeks away, preparations have already begun as the fighters will come face-to-face for the first time at Saturday’s press conference.

Trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick and his plethora of local fighters such as Martin, Bec Connolly, Bradley Townsend and Jensen Irving will all be attending alongside their opponents.

Martin will face Bristol’s Tony Dixon in a final eliminator for the Commonwealth title, with the winner set to move onto a contest for a the British and Commonwealth straps.

“The press conference is a great opportunity for fans to see the local guys at the MECA and the fighters they’re going to be up against,” said Neilson.

“Especially Ryan Martin, because he’ll be fighting Bristol’s Tony Dixon in what is a huge fight for both guys.

“It’s a final eliminator for the Commonwealth so that then means the winner will be a mandatory challenger for the Commonwealth title, which is such a prestigious belt.

“If Ryan is to come through this we could potentially have a fight for the British and Commonwealth titles in Swindon, however there are no guarantees he’ll beat Tony Dixon – I think it’s a real 50/50 fight.”

In addition to more established fighters featuring on the Fight Town IV card, there will also be a number of new faces as several fighters are preparing to make their debuts in April, much to the delight of Neilson, who paid tribute to Fitzpatrick’s stable of local talent.

“Paddy has this production line of fighters and it is fantastic to see so many new young talents coming through,” added Neilson.

“Boxing in Swindon has got such a following and that is why we decided to call the shows ‘Fight Town’ because the sport is so popular here.

“The MECA is a great venue for us.

“It’s an old school, small hall venue and the good thing is we will have a guy from Swindon and a guy from Bristol as the main event so it will be a great atmosphere.”

All members of the public are welcome to the press conference, which will take place at the MECA on Saturday 22nd February, starting at 1pm.