WELLING boxer Gary Woolcombe will take on Thomas McDonagh for the vacant light middleweight title in Wigan on Friday evening.
Woolcombe has been training hard for the clash at the Robin Park Arena, which will be screened on Sky Sports.
The venue holds plenty of happy memories for Woolcombe as it was where he defeated Marcus Portman to lift the British title.
However, the Welling ace is under no illusions McDonagh will prove to be a stern opponent on Friday.
He told News Shopper: “Thomas McDonagh has a good record and has beaten some big names.
“The fights often go the distance due to his boring style.
“He has never been stopped and has won 34 out of 40 fights, with 3 draws and 3 losses. He has also had a lot of title fights.
“It would be great to get the win and I am not sure where he will go from this.”
Friday’s fight is being staged by Ricky Hatton Promotions and Woolcombe has put in plenty of preparation in the run-up to the big night.
He explained: “I’ve trained for nine weeks every day apart from Saturdays for this fight and run five to seven miles each day.
“I have also had some great sparring with Sam Webb, Rob Lloyd-Taylor, Martin Walsh and Lee Purdy, who is also fightin for the commenwealth title on the same night.
“I’ve done strength work for this fight feel so much stronger thanks to Bob, my strength coach at David Lloyd gym in Beckenham.
“Overall I feel in fantastic shape for this fight because I have trained so hard for it.
“I’m really up for the fight and can not wait to bring the commonwealth title back to London.”