Heavyweight hulk can go the distance

Rising star: Richard Towers in full flow, main picture, and celebrating another win, left.        Pictures: STEVE ELLIS
Rising star: Richard Towers in full flow, main picture, and celebrating another win, left. Pictures: STEVE ELLIS

RICHARD TOWERS knows time isn’t on his side as he tries to become as complete a boxer as possible in the heavyweight division.

At 32 and with just 11 pro bouts under his belt, he needs to start making an impact if titles are to come his way.

A week on Saturday sees his latest challenge; he takes on Yuri Bihoutseu at Ponds Forge. Unbeaten Towers has obvious strength and power in his 6ft 8in 17 and a half stone frame, but has to work on agility, endurance and precision if he is to become a ‘name’ in a weight category crying out for a fresh blood.

Towers, who lives near the Ingle gym in Wincobank, where he trains, is hoping for an English title challenge soon, but isn’t overlooking the challenge against the 24-year-old from Belarus.

His opponent has a won five, drawn one record, although he has never fought outside his home country. “He will be just as much a danger as anybody I’ll face” Towers said.

“I’ll have to have my wits about me. But after being away (prison) for six and a half years I’m just so grateful to be doing what I’m doing. I want to go as far as I can and make my son, Rhome, proud of me. Brendan (Ingle) says I am fresh and can go on for another 10 years”

Towers is on the undercard of the Gary Sykes v Gary Buckland British super featherweight title fight.