Hillyard poised for biggest test

PUBLISHED: 17:52 13 May 2009 | UPDATED: 14:21 05 October 2010

Hard-hitting East Londoner George Hillyard faces the biggest fight of his four-year pro career at the Watford Coliseum

Hard-hitting East Londoner George Hillyard faces the biggest fight of his four-year pro career next week in a Southern Area middleweight title showdown at the Watford Coliseum.

Hillyard faces strong rival Matthew Thirlwall in a clash on Saturday May 23 that forms the chief supporting bout on a Hennessy Sports show headlined by Darren Barker's Commonwealth middleweight title fight against Midlands rival Darren McDermott.

The 24-year-old Hillyard has endured a stop-start career that includes three defeats, but the former Lion Club amateur knows that victory next week could be a major boost for his fighting future.

Bermondsey-born Thirlwall has also suffered three defeats in a 21-fight pro career that started back in 2002 and, at the age of 28, another setback could represent the end of his big-time ambitions.

It looks like a real crowd-pleaser between the two London rivals, from north and south of the Thames, with both fighters knowing that they cannot contemplate a fourth career loss.

Undefeated heavyweight prospect Tyson Fury, from Manchester, will be looking to maintain his own victory run in Watford in his sixth pro fight, while promising fighters Bradley Evans, Steve O'Meara and Steve Barnes also feature. Tickets are available from the box office on 0844 888 4402 or via

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