It’s another Dennis Hobson promoted Freesports Fight Night this Friday, as Ponds Forge Arena in Sheffield host a card mixed with rising talent, and established domestic operators.
Freesports is a channel available on Sky and Virgin in the UK.
Top of the bill sees Hobson’s hottest prospect, Tommy Frank (11-0, KO3) in action, as he looks to build more momentum in his fourth straight contest at this venue.
After previously winning the Central Area Title in April last year, Frank won the Commonwealth belt with an impressive fourth round stoppage of Luke Wilton in March. He has backed that win up with a seventh round stoppage of Tanzanian, John Chuwa in July.
The next assignment for the 26 year old Sheffield Super Flyweight is a foray into world ranking contention. Thailand’s Aran Dipaen (6-1, KO5) is Frank’s opponent, with the WBC International Super Flyweight Title the prize over ten rounds.
Dipaen is on a four fight stoppage streak, and fights outside of Asia for the first time here. The 28 year old won his National Title in his last outing with a fourth round stoppage of Nirun Baonok last month. Although the Thai is heavy handed, Frank should be able to weather an early storm to score a stoppage some time after the halfway mark.
Another regular face on Dennis Hobson bills is Josh Wale (28-11-2, KO14), and the Barnsley Super Bantamweight will look to rebuild following a pair of bitter losses in the last year.
After a career littered with early losses, Wale captured the vacant British Bantamweight Title in July 2017 with a points win against Jamie Wilson in Doncaster. After two successful defences he moved into European class, but was unlucky to not be crowned Champion, as Georges Ory received a fortunate majority decision win to lift the vacant belt in October last year.
Wale moved up a weight to challenge for the vacant British Super Bantamweight Title, but was soundly outpointed by Brad Foster in an upset in March. He returned in July with a one round knockout of Ekow Wilson, in a Commonwealth Title eliminator at Featherweight.
He stays at Feather to meet the durable Spanish based Nicaraguan, Sergio Gonzalez (10-17-5, KO7) over eight rounds.
Gonzalez has lost his last ten of his last twelve contests, and if he does get stopped, it’s usually towards the end of a fight, with the recent exception being Archie Sharp’s second round win back in April.
Wale should be able to outmuscle Gonzalez for a comfortable enough points win. Former British Super Lightweight Champion, Tyrone Nurse (36-6-2, KO7), takes part in a six rounder at Welterweight.