THERE is an exciting double bill of boxing for Stafford fight followers next week as the county town’s two professionals look to extend their impressive records.It all gets under way tomorrow week when mid- dleweight Grant Cunningham takes on Lincoln’s Mitch Mitchell on the undercard of Frankie Gavin’s first British welterweight title defence at Walsall Town Hall, writes Dan Mole.
The unbeaten 26-year-old is looking for a seventh successive victory and said: “I don’t know much about him (Mitchell), I’m just concentrating on my game and building on my unbeaten record.
“It’s all about learning my craft at the moment. I’m confident in my ability and I trust in my man- ager and trainer, Errol Johnson, to match me right.
“We have a plan for my career and I’m happy with how things are going. I’m at a stage when I need to keep building my record and staying busy. I’m feel- ing good.”
Cunningham has been working alongside stable- mates Jason Welborn (Rowley Regis) and Walsall’s Martin Gethin in the build up to their respective British title fights at the top of next Friday’s bill.
Welborn takes on Gavin, while Gethin will oppose Hove’s Ben Murphy for the British and Common- wealth lightweight titles.
“You can see that Jason and Martin are buzzing and that rubs off on you when you’re in the gym with them,” said Cunningham. The show is live on BoxNation.
The following evening, Saturday, January 19, Stafford’s Rob Hunt will pick up his biggest pay packet when he competes in the Betfair Prize- fighter Welterweights show at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton.
Hunt, who has lost just once in 19 career bouts, received a late call up to feature on the Sky Sports televised bill with seven other fighters in a one- night tournament. The eventual winner goes home with a substantial five-figure cheque, the losing quarter finalists £4,000.
The Stafford fighter will be up against several unbeaten opponents and said:“It’s a dream come true. I’ll be up against some hungry lads, but I’m confident.”
The Prizefighter draw takes place the day before fight night and other names in the line-up include the unbeaten trio of Glenn Foot (Sunderland), Dale Evans (Carmarthen) and Chad Gaynor (Rother- ham).
All Prizefighter bouts will be over three, three minute rounds and Hunt said: “I’m looking for- ward to it and who knows it could be a stepping stone to other things.”
Hunt’s last fight was in October when he won on points against Polish opponent Arek Malek, at Stoke-on-Trent. It was one of just two fights for Hunt in 2012.