A GROUP of Chorley boxers are preparing a charity evening of combat that will truly be a knockout.
Eight fighters will go to head to head with opponents from a Manchester gym at Charnock Richard’s Park Hall nightclub on July 9.
The night is being organised by Dave Jennings, brother of former world welterweight titleholder Michael Jennings, to raise funds for Derian House.
Despite Chorley’s notable success developing talent, there has been no venue hosting fights in the town, with fans and boxers having to go to Bolton or Manchester.
The fighters performing at Park Hall cannot wait to perform in front of their home crowd.
English semi-professional champion Terry McDermott, who will compete on the night, said: “When Dave rang me and up and said it was a fight in Chorley, it was too good to turn down.
“Years ago they used to use the Town Hall for boxing events, but they don’t seem to do them any more.
“It’s a shame because it would be a brilliant venue for it.
“Whenever Chorley do something the town’s support is brilliant, and it’s the same for boxing. Everyone’s going to be supporting each other and the atmosphere will be electric.”
Besides established fighters Terry and Dave, the card will also feature up-and-coming talents such as Chorley’s Gary Stringfellow, 33, who will be making his debut, and Adlington’s Phil Booth, 26.
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