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.