Sheffield boxing: Heartbreak for Towers

Richard Towers and Wladimir Klitschko in happier times
Richard Towers and Wladimir Klitschko in happier times

Sheffield heavyweight Richard Towers has been forced to withdraw from his globe-trotting heavyweight clash with Lucas Browne because he is unable to obtain a visa to enter Australia.

The pair were set to meet at the Melbourne Pavilion on Thursday in a final elimination contest for the Commonwealth title.

A spokesman for Hatton Promotions said: “After months of training, both Richard and Lucas are devastated that the fight is no longer taking place.

“This was a contest that everybody was looking forward to and we had worked hard to secure the coverage it deserved. We believe that all steps had been taken for Richard to take part in the fight,” said Sheffield-based Hatton head of boxing Richard Poxon.

“This was going to be one of the best heavyweight clashes made this year, so it’s extremely disappointing that the fans won’t get a chance to see it.

“However, our focus must now be on securing a worthy opponent for Lucas to face on the 25th”.

Towers once served part of a 13-year prison sentence for kidnapping.

The 6ft 8ins giant admits he was involved in drugs, guns and knives in his past but has rehabilitated and has given testimony to youngsters, trying to persuade them that breaking the law is a mug’s game.

It is not known where his previous ‘form’ was the barrier to getting the paperwork to fight Browne down under.

n Ingle stablemate Ingle stable-mate Kid Galahad (Barry Abdul Awad) believes that, at 23, time is on his side to move up into a position where he can challenge for the sport’s elite honours.

Speaking to Sky Sports he claimed there was nobody, domestically, that could live with him at super bantamweight.

Specifically, he named Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg as two rivals he believes would trail in his wake.

He said: “”We’re waiting on the purse bid results for my fight with(English champion, Liverpool’s) Jazza Dickens. Do I see him as a rival? No.

“I’m on a different level to him and the same goes with Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton. When I eventually get in the ring with these guys I’ll show it. When I get in the ring, I can figure you out and you won’t be able to hit me. I’m too smart. I’ve got a boxing brain and I know how to use it.”

That mental process includes a strategy for a long-term career.

The boxer, who has a 50 per cent KO rate, says he is determined to be too elusive to be attracting debilitating injuries.

“I’m not in this game to come out battered and bruised. I’m not going to go in there and have a war and not come out after six rounds, I’d rather go 12 rounds and only get hit by one or two shots.”

Galahad, star of numereous Channel 5 shows, told Sky reporter Shaun Brown that he felt Sheffield superstar Naseem Hamed could have gone on to greater things.

“I think Naz could have been better than Floyd Mayweather Jr. How Mayweather and [Manny] Pacquiao are now I think Naz could’ve been bigger, he had more potential than any other fighter. There was nothing he couldn’t do.”