A wary Les Sherrington, the man dubbed “the next big thing” by former world heavyweight champion Joe Bugner, will take on experienced rival Glen Fitzpatrick at the Southport RSL tomorrow night.
A wary Les Sherrington, the man dubbed “the next big thing” by former world heavyweight champion Joe Bugner, will take on experienced rival Glen Fitzpatrick at the Southport RSL tomorrow night. Tweed Daily News

Southpaw shapes as real threat

A WARY Les Sherrington, the man dubbed “the next big thing” by former world heavyweight champion Joe Bugner, will take on experienced rival Glen Fitzpatrick at the Southport RSL tomorrow night.

Sherrington, currently ranked No.15 in the world by the World Boxing Association, will put his Pan Asia super middleweight title on the line when he takes on compatriot Josh Clenshaw in Brisbane in August but before then he must get past Fitzpatrick.

The experienced southpaw shapes as a real threat and Sherrington has refused to cut corners in his preparation, sparring with kickboxer John Wayne Parr and Anthony Mundine in the lead-up to the fight.

“Friday night will be no walk in the park,” Sherrington said.

“Fitzpatrick is going to be a tough opponent but I'm looking forward to the challenge.”

In tomorrow night's main event, Brisbane boxer Alex Lepai will take on former two-time Australian champion Col Wilson for the WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight title.

The card also has three amateur hot shots debuting in the punch for pay ranks including2006 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Jarrod Fletcher taking on New Zealander Vai Aki.

Tweed welterweight Casey Hannan will also appear, up against Filipino Mhelvin Hernandez while Tommy Seremzi faces Ariel Baratillo.

In the other contest, former Australian amateur champion Shane McConville will take on Phil Mailey in a cruiserweight bout.

The doors open at 6pm with the first fight beginning at 7.30pm. Enquiries phone (07) 5552 4200 or (07) 5524 3083.



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