Chichester’s big boxing hope ready for York Hall date

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CHICHESTER’S Billy Valentine Lavelle makes his long-awaited professional boxing debut on Saturday, October 8.

After a series of injuries meant he had to pull out of his original debut date, he is now back to full fighting fitness and raring to go.

The youngster, originally from south-east London, has been living and boxing out of Chichester for the past ten years and is a former pupil of St Phillip Howard School in Barnham.

The aspiring youngster will be boxing at lightweight against Dan Carr from Trowbridge - a veteran in comparison to Lavelle with 18 contests already under his belt.

Coaches Ash Sutherland and Gareth Ferguson said Lavelle’s preparation was going well without any hiccups.

He’s into week three of a 12-week training camp which will end with a week in Tenerife at the TKO boxing gym 8,000ft above sea level. He will finish off at the VK Gym in Bognor, where he trains five days a week.

Coach Jon Mills said his padwork and sparring were awesome and his cardio training saw him get many miles of speedwork his belt.

The contest is at the famous York Hall in Bethnal Green, East London, where many past and present world champions made their debuts.

The show is a Goodwins Promotions and tickets are £35, available from Gerry Lavelle on 01243 786661 or St Gerards Amateur Boxing Club in Swanfield Drive, Chichester, which is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm to 8pm.