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British lightweight champion Gavin Gwynne (16-2-1, 4 KOs) hopes to add the vacant EBU European Lightweight Championship to his collection when he takes on veteran Emiliano Marsili (42-0-1, 16 KOs) on Queensbury’s show at the famous York Hall this Friday.

The Welshman hopes to do a “demolition job” as he now gets a chance to impress as the main event after Hamzah Sheeraz (18-0, 14 KOs) pulled out of his contest with Liam Williams (25-4-1, 20 KOs) due to sustaining a perforated ear drum.

“I’m soon to be European Champion and that’s the title I’ve wanted for a while… I just can’t wait to get back in there Friday night and do a demolition job on him,” Gwynne said.

“I’m not expecting an easy fight… I reckon eight, nine rounds I’ll get him out of there.” 

Gwynne defended his British title with a fifth-round stoppage of Craig Woodruff in their rematch earlier this year. Photo by Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing.

Marsili is now 47 years old and still unbeaten in his professional career. He last boxed on British soil back in 2012 when he knocked out Derry Mathews for the IBO World Lightweight Championship.

“He’s 42 fights unbeaten so he knows the game inside and out, but I think Father Time is going to catch up on him on Friday night because you know what I’m like in the ring… I’m ruthless.” said Gwynne.

“The Merthyr Mexican” seemed unfazed by the Italian’s knockout power and supremely confident in beating the unbeaten southpaw.

“Power on my chin has never been questioned… you could hit me all night and I’d just stand there laughing and keep walking forwards throwing punches.

“The last time I was in York Hall I beat an unbeaten southpaw who I think is a better fighter than Marsili in Luke Willis (11-1, 1 KOs)… and obviously I’ve beaten another southpaw in Sean McComb (17-1, 5 KOs) who I think is better as well, so that’s where I get my confidence from.”

Knockout artist Sam Noakes (11-0, 11 KOs) takes on Carlos Perez (19-7-2, 2 KOs) at lightweight in the co-main event as he hopes to become only the second fighter to stop the Spaniard.

The unbeaten 26-year-old has built a reputation as a risk taker and power puncher after picking up the Commonwealth and WBC International Silver titles with 11 straight knockout wins.

Keeping the streak going against Perez could be difficult as he has only been stopped once in his 28 contests and took both Cori Gibbs (18-1, 3 KOs) and Jono Carroll (24-2, 7 KOs) the scheduled distance.

The fighter from Kent will hope fellow lightweight Gwynne wins his contest as its likely the Welshman will vacate his British title with Noakes in a good position if the title becomes vacant.

Also on the card 18-year-old heavyweight star Moses Ituama (6-0, 4 KOs) looks to carry on his charge at Mike Tyson’srecord of becoming the youngest ever Heavyweight World Champion. 

Raven Chapman (7-0, 2 KOs) defends her WBC International title against Lucie Sedlackova (15-1-1, 6 KOs) in what could be her toughest contest yet.

Brad Strand (10-0, 3 KOs) takes on Joshua John (8-1, 0 KOs) for the vacant WBO European Super Bantamweight title with hopes of breaking into the WBO top 10 rankings.

Youngster Royston Barney-Smith (7-0, 3 KOs) faces Maicol Velazco (10-13, 3 KOs) in his final fight as a teenager.

The undercard also features Oronzo Birardi (6-0, 5 KOs)Sonny Ali (6-0, 0 KOs)Umar Khan (7-0, 0 KOs) and Joel Kodua (4-0, 0 KOs).

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