Wayne lines up top televised boxing bill

BARGE regular Wayne Carmichael has teamed up with Huddersfield boxing manager Chris Ashton and the Matchroom Promotion team to stage a huge bill at the Huddersfield Sports Centre on Saturday March 5.

Friday, 25th February 2011, 8:50 am

Topping the Sky Sports televised event will be Gary Sykes, the British super-featherweight who takes on Carl Johanneson, nephew of former Leeds United footballer Albert Johanneson in a 12-round bout.

Originally Paul Truscott was named as the next challenger to Syke’s crown, but former champion Johanneson complained to the British Boxing Board of Control over the original Sykes-Truscott pairing.

And the 32-year-old, who boasts 30 wins in 34 fights - 19 by stoppage - proved his fitness by hitting the scales at 9st 11lb, seven pounds above the cut-off.

There will be 12 bouts on the bill with at least eight screened by Sky.

The doors open at 5pm and the first bout is under way at 6pm.

This is Carmichael’s third bill, having put another one on with Ashton and Carl Greaves and Steve Wood at the Sports Centre and a black tie dinner at Cedar Court, Ainley Top, in October last year.

“I hope to put on five altogether in 2011 in the Halifax-Huddersfield area and then look to spread my wings a little after that, “he told Echo Sport.

“The Sports Centre venue holds 1.200 and we have already sold 960 tickets with a good seven days left to the night. “Julian Hadala has been selling them for me at the Barge..

“They are £30 each and there are is a handful left at £50 for ringside. People can also ring me on 07825238345 or Halifax boxer Liam Walsh’s father Pat on 077422248557.”

Carmichael, 31, is employed as a health and safety officer with OHS in Bradford but would love to be in the boxing game on a full-time basis. Although he live at Oakes he has made the Barge his local.

He is a former amateur boxer himself who still works out at Chris Ashton’s gym and he has played amateur rugby league for Lindley Swifts who are in the same Pennine ARL division as Brighouse Rangers.

Rising Huddersfield star Tyrone Nurse, already a British Masters belt holder, is also on the bill taking on Welshman Damien Owen.

Nurse is unbeaten in six bouts. Also at the top end of the bill are George Groves from the Haymarket Gym in London, who is unbeaten in eight, Carl Frampton from Ireland, unbeaten in six, Truscott (Middlesbrough) unbeaten in six and Gregory Proska from Poland, unbeaten in six.

Former Siddal RL and Great Britain BARLA player Walsh, who is taking well over 100 to the centre, is unbeaten in six and was due to fight Adam Kelly.

But Kelly has a hand injury and is replaced by Marc McCullough, a former British light welterweight champon.

Wayne Bennett, unbeaten in four takes on Carl Allen, Jason McCaumon, unbeaten in four, boxes Dean Walker.

Other boxers taking part include Jason Thompson, Burt Warren, Alex Spitko, Michael Smith and Chris Brophy.