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Dupre determined to deliver Commonwealth title after long wait for big fight night

PUBLISHED: 16:30 05 October 2017

After 12 unbeaten fights in five lean years as a professional fighter, Robin Dupre finally gets the Commonwealth title chance he has been chasing at York Hall on Saturday.

And Newham-born Dupre predicts he will claim his first major title when he faces Swindon’s Luke Watkins for the cruiserweight belt on the Cyclone Promotion.

Dupre, 30, said: “I’m so happy. This is the chance I have been waiting for a long time and I will win the title.”

Injuries, last-minute letdowns and broken promises have frustrated the fighter throughout his stop-start career of mostly four-round contests against imported opponents.

But now he will be tested in the 12-round Commonwealth clash by a powerful 27-year-old who is unbeaten in 11 fights and stopped three of his last four rivals.

“It’s a big opportunity for Robin and a promising clash of two unbeaten boxers for the Commonwealth belt,” added Mick Helliet, the manager/promoter who guides Dupre.

Barry McGuigan’s Cyclone Promotion, which will be screened live on Channel 5 TV, also features unbeaten Andrew Selby, Asinia Byfield, Chantelle Cameron and Ibby Mercan.

Meanwhile, the big-hitting super-lightweight Ohara Davies was happy to get back on the winning run in Liverpool on Saturday night when stopping previously unbeaten Tom Farrell in six rounds.

Davies, who suffered his lone defeat in 16 contests against star Scot Josh Taylor in July, said: “It was great to bounce back, stopping a good unbeaten fighter like Farrell in his own home town.”

The 25-year-old Davies triggered his heavy shots to dominate the exchanges as the Merseysider was floored five times and suffered a bad eye injury.

It was a relief when referee Steve Gray finally intervened in the sixth round to rescue outgunned Farrell in the WBA International lightweight title clash.

Conor Benn, the unbeaten son of former world champion Nigel, goes for his ninth pro win at Manchester on Saturday when he faces northern rival Nathan Clarke.

Benn appears on the Arena show topped by his training partner and former world champion Ricky Burns’ clash with Anthony Crolla.


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