Promoter Mickey Helliet reckons his next bill topper could be the small hall fight of the year.
Croydon ticket-seller Chas ‘The Bomb’ Symonds and Gavin ‘Guv’nor’ Tait go head to head for the vacant Southern Area welterweight championship at The Coronet in Elephant & Castle on Friday, September 16 on a show that also includes heavyweight power puncher Dillian Whyte, unbeaten light-middleweight Wayne Alwan-Arab and Lee Cook, the former Southern Area lightweight champion.
Symonds is a former holder of the title – picking himself off the floor to stop Brett James in a four-round shoot out seven years ago – and Tait has come through a fight that Eurosport commentator Steve Holdsworth rates as one of the best toe-to-toe scraps he has ever seen.
Tait, from Sheerness in Kent, out slugged Northampton’s all-action Jamie Spence to force a four-round stoppage when they met – and Helliet says it will take similar heroics if ‘Guv’nor’ wants to be crowned Southern Area champion.
Helliet, a dynamite puncher himself who won ABA Novice honours before a health scare ruined his professional ambitions, said: “Both these fighters know only one way to fight. They will go toe to toe and it’s going to come down to who wants it the most.”
Symonds, who says his target is British 10 stones boss Ashley Theophane, also says the fight guarantees thrills.
“We are going to go at it,” he said. “It will be a good fight for the crowd, but there’s only one winner – and that’s me.
“I’ve seen Gavin on YouTube and he’s got relaxed hands, but there’s no way he can match me for boxing and heart.”
Tait is also convinced he will win the 10-round battle of wills – and admits his fighting future is on the line.
“I know this fight is make or break for me,” he said.
“At 35, most boxers are either retired or thinking about retiring, but I’m a very young 35. I keep myself fit even when I’m not boxing and I’m sure I will have too much for Chas.”
August 15, 2011