Boxing: London scrap will be of interest to Leek’s handy Andy

ANDY Keates is about to learn who stands in his way of becoming English welterweight champion, after his eliminator victory against Belper’s Ryan Fields a week ago.

London-based John O’Donnell will defending his title against Zimbabwe-born Tamuka Muchapondwa at The 02 in Greenwich tomorrow night (Oct 20).

It promises  to be a close encounter with O’Donnell having lost just two of his 32 fights and Muchapondwa only one in his 16 ring appearances as a professional.

Keates scored a thrilling 96-95 points win against Fields over 10 rounds to claim the Midlands Area welterweight title – and earn the right to have a crack at getting his hands on the English crown.

It was possibly the best win of Keates 19-fight career and spectacularly ended a run of three consecutive defeats.

It was a tough, hard scrap, but I could have fought another two rounds comfortably,” he said.

The 26 year old Leek postman stepped into the ring at Derby’s Rollerworld having already won the Midlands Area super-lightweight belt.