Boxing: Cunningham puts unbeaten record on line
STAFFORD super-middleweight Grant Cunningham has been handed the toughest fight of his career so far.
He has been matched with Jamie Bonness on manager Errol Johnson's championship show at Walsall Town Hall on Friday, September 21.
Cunningham has made a punch-perfect start to his professional career.
The 28-year-old lighting engineer has chalked up four successive wins – one by a knock-out – and has yet to lose a round.
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And that has convinced Johnson to up the ante by matching him with Bonness.
The Biggleswade fighter won his last clash in just 27 seconds, and his manager is convinced he will end Cunningham's unbeaten record.
But fight folk rate the outcome of the match-up at 50-50, and Cunningham himself is confident.
He said: "It's time for me to step up. I've boxed all the awkward journeymen and it's hard to look good against them. Now I've got the chance to show what I can do.
"It's a good test. Bonness has only lost to good lads, so this fight will tell me where I am. I've got to beat him if I want to get my name up there."
Cunningham, who thanked former amateur coach Rod Woodward for "everything he has done for me over the years", added: "If I keep winning, maybe I can fight for a title by the end of the year."
The show is topped by a match between home-town favourite Martin Gethin and former British champion Carl Johanneson for the vacant IBF International lightweight title. Tickets are available by calling 07961 090445.