HALIFAX fighter Scott Gladwin will cross swords with the hugely-experienced Delroy Spencer for the second time in his fledgling professional career on Saturday week.
Bantamweight Gladwin was due to fight Adrian Fuzesi on the rescheduled bill at North Bridge Leisure Centre.
However, Hungarian Fuzesi has withdrawn after being stopped for the first time at the end of the third round by Scott Jenkins in Sheffield on March 24.
Journeyman Spencer has stepped in and Gladwin will be looking to beat the veteran Birmingham-based fighter in more emphatic fashion than he did on his pro debut at the same venue last May.
Local boxing chief Chris Aston said Spencer always gave of his best because he was keen to prolong his career.
“Delroy has had well over 100 fights and because he is about 40 the board (British Boxing Board of Control) monitor every fight.
“He gave Scott a hard fight last time and this will give us a chance to gauge Scott’s improvement since then.”
It will be Gladwin’s fifth pro fight but only his third opponent after two wins against Anwat Alfadli and one against Andy Roberts, all on points and in Yorkshire.
Aston said that was because there were relatively few suitable fighters of Gladwin’s weight around.
Liam Walsh, whose hand injury forced the event to be put back a month, will top the bill in his first eight rounder against Scotland’s Stuart Green.
Walsh is reported to be in good shape for his bid to make it 10 wins in a row in the paid ranks.
The former Siddal ARLFC player is putting the finishing touches to his preparations with some sparring against the tough Steve Williams in Liverpool this week.
Walsh and Aston are making two trips across to Dave Tonks’ gym for Walsh to work work with Williams, who is due to take on Ashley Theophane for the British light welterweight title at Aintree racecourse on May 19.
Aston said: “Liam is having a couple of long, gruelling sparring sessions over 10 rounds with Williams.”
Tickets for the North Bridge event , which also features two more Halifax fighters in Shuzzy Hussein and Richard Bitner, are available from the boxers.
Gladwin (07743233684) and Bitner (07857559785) have new mobile numbers.