Courtney Frey aims to outsmart Nathan Cleverly in British title showdown

Courtney Fry insists he will cause a major shock and end the unbeaten record of one of Britain s brightest prospects when he takes on Nathan Cleverly at York Hall

Courtney Fry insists he will cause a major shock and end the unbeaten record of one of Britain's brightest prospects when he takes on Nathan Cleverly for the British and Commonwealth light-heavyweight titles at York Hall tomorrow night.

Former Repton amateur star Fry is confident of overcoming title-holder Cleverly, who is studying for a maths degree at Cardiff University, and has warned: "I'll be taking him back to school on Friday night."

After a stop-start six-year pro career, Fry acknowledges that he has not fulfilled the potential that saw him win three ABA titles and a Commonwealth Games gold medal during an outstanding amateur career with the Bethnal Green club.

But the 34-year-old knows the future will look a lot brighter if he upsets overwhelming favourite Cleverly.


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He said: "The last few years have been an uphill struggle for me, but I'm in a good place right now.

"I've seen a few of Nathan's fights and I know that he won't be a push over. But I can box and I can fight and I can mix it up, so I'll be going in there full of confidence."

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Meanwhile, East London father-and-son training duo Jimmy and Mark Tibbs expect unbeaten pair Vinny Mitchell and Billy Joe Saunders to maintain their winning ways at the Bethnal Green venue.

Tomorrow's show represents a first for both fighters. For Mitchell, it will mark a first public outing since switching to the Tibbs camp, while Beijing Olympian Saunders is making his first pro appearance in London after three impressive wins.

Super-featherweight Mitchell, who is unbeaten in 10 fights, will be tested by veteran campaigner Johnny Greaves, who has won only two of his 37 fights, but provides stubborn opposition for any rival.

Saunders has stopped all three of his super-middleweight rivals to date, though his opponent on tomorrow night's show has yet to be determined.

John Wayne Hibbert, another East London prospect based at the Ultrachem TKO Gym, is also in action on the undercard.

The light-welterweight will bid for a third straight pro win against Stourport rival Kevin McCauley.

The strong supporting line-up features promising heavyweight hope Derek Chisora and Norfolk's Walsh brothers, Liam, Michael and Ryan.

For tickets to tomorrow night's show at York Hall, contact the box office on 07946 383318.

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