Matt finish - that's the title target for George

Barking and Dagenham Post14th May, 2009

HARD-HITTING George Hillyard hopes to highlight a pro career which he launched at Dagenham's Goresbrook Leisure Centre four years ago, with a Southern Area middleweight title triumph at Watford next week.

He faces south Londoner Matthew Thirlwall in a clash, proposed for the Southern Area middleweight belt, at the Watford Colosseum, as the chief supporting bout on a title show promoted by Hennessy Sports.

It looks like a real crowd-pleaser between London rivals, from north and south of the Thames, who have enjoyed mixed success during their pro campaigns.

Both have suffered three defeats and do not want to contemplate a fourth in their vital showdown at the Colosseum.

The 24-year-old, who has trained around most of the local gyms, has enjoyed a stop-start career but realises that victory next week could give a real boost to his fighting future.

Bermondsey-born Thirwall has suffered three defeats in a 21-fight pro career that started back in 2002. He knows that at the age of 28, another setback could be the end of his big-time ambitions.

They clash on a Hennessy Sports show, which is headed by Commonwealth middleweight champion Darren Barker's meeting with Midlands rival Darren McDermott, on a night of championship boxing at the Watford Colosseum.

Unbeaten Barker, a classy former Repton amateur title winner now based at trainer Tony Sims TBS promotions gym in Hainault, looks for the victory that will send him forward to a British title showdown with Matthew Macklin. However, rival Darren McDermott known as the "Black Country Body Snatcher" sees himself as the winner of the the clash, which will be screened live on ITV4.

"There's only going to be one winner when I meet Barker and that's me," predicted the Dudley native. "I've watched quite a bit of him. I saw him win the Commonwealth title as an amateur and then I saw him win the Commonwealth belt as a pro.

"He's a good, technical boxer, but I've that bit more grit and strength and that will make the difference."

Hennessy Sports undefeated heavyweight prospect Tyson Fury, from Manchester, will be looking to maintain his own victory run when he has his sixth pro fight at Watford.

Light welterweight contender Nadeem Siddique also features alongside hot prospects Bradley Evans, Steve O'Meara, Steve Barnes and the pro debut of Phill Fury.

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