Keanen Wainwright: I’ll be in good company if I stop him

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Keanen Wainwright vs. Sean Davis

Sheffield’s Ponds Forge Arena, England – 12 February 2022

Sheffield banger Keanen Wainwright gets fight number eight at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge Arena on Saturday February 12, live on Fightzone.

On a show that also includes action from top heavyweight, Kash Ali; Keanen gets a good level-marker against a fighter who is always a hard night’s work, Sean Davis.

The Brummie has won 14 of 32 but, more tellingly, has only ever been stopped three times against top fighters – former European Champion Gamal Yafai, and top prospects Reece Mould and Michael Walsh.

Wainwright is also firmly in the ‘top prospect’ category, despite an early defeat on his 6-1 (3) record.  After a winning 2018 debut, Wainwright was dropped heavily before losing on points to Boris Shikunov in his second fight .  Russian Shikunov looked very strong on the night though and his patchy pro record was deceiving, with an extensive kickboxing career behind him.

Keanen is now on a five fight winning streak, and goes into the Ponds Forge contest on the back of two impressive KOs.  Trained by former pro, Glyn Rhodes, and a stable mate of British Flyweight Champ, Tommy Frank, the 24-year-old has his sights firmly set on the Central Area Title in 2022, but is looking to put on an impressive performance for Fightzone viewers first.

“I can’t wait for this fight, I’m so excited, and it’s brilliant that Fightzone are covering the show too. I’ve been watching some top fighters on there, and now people can watch me.

“I’m expecting a tough fight from Shaun.  He nearly always goes the distance and he has some good names on his record.  I think he actually went 12-0 when he started too, and I’ve not managed to do that!

“This is a six-rounder, and I always go in the ring hoping to do all the rounds to get more experience but I’m never going to hold my shots back because I always want to hurt them before they hurt me!

“If I did stop him then it’ll put me in the company of some good fighters and it would show I have knockout power.  People say I’m heavy handed but the shots I’ve knocked people out with I haven’t even loaded up, I’ve just landed!

“I’d like to get the Area Title in early doors this year.  I’ve been matched for it twice before and opponents have pulled out – people are asking for too much money to get in the ring with me!  I just don’t understand that, if you think you’re good enough then you should back your ability and go for it!

“I’m really not fussed about being looked after either or having easy fights.  I want to give people their money’s worth, and as long as I give my all, that’s all that matters.”

Fight Academy’s Steve Crump, said: “Keanen’s one to watch, we really do think highly of him.  He learned a lot from that early defeat and has pushed on with some very impressive performances.  Sean will be a good test for him on Saturday, and I’m looking forward to seeing how he gets on.”

Fight Academy present an evening of boxing at Ponds Forge Arena on February 12. Appearing on the card will be Rotherham’s Kash Ali; Sheffield fighters Conner Daubney, Perry Howe, Zane Clark and Keanen Wainwright; North Shields’ Tommy Hodgson; Barnsley’s Matty Heppenstall, and Ashton under Lyne’s Zak Miller.

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