Quiet and unassuming, Keanen Wainwright couldn’t be any different in the ring!
‘The Wolf’ can box, is clinical, and has very heavy hands evidenced by his record of seven wins, one defeat, four KOs. Tellingly though, the 24-year-old is knocking out fighters that very rarely get stopped – including well-known durable journeymen Andy Harris and Sean Davis, as well as ‘come to win’ fighters like Joe Ducker and Irvin Magno.
Ahead of the night, the protégé from The Sheffield Boxing Centre says he would love to fight for the British Title by the end of this year … with Campbell Hatton in the opposite corner.
“I’m on a good KO streak at the moment and if I get another one in this next fight then I’ll start believing the hype about myself!
“To be honest, at this stage, I don’t just want to be walking through people because you don’t learn much but I’m never going to pull my punches because we’re in there to hurt each other at the end of the day.
“I do take my time in the ring. I never go in all guns blazing and am patient but when I do eventually catch them they seem to get knocked out! It’s funny because when I was an amateur, Glyn [Rhodes] used to tell me that I had to hurt people to keep them off – now, he’s telling me to slow down!
“The way that Campbell [Hatton] and myself are progressing as pros, at the end of the year that could be a massive British Title fight. It’d be a great fight between us, Campbell fought Joe Ducker in his last fight – who I’ve beaten – and he did really well. He boxed great and it was one of his best performances.
“I don’t think Campbell had much of an amateur career and he’s picking up loads in the pros. He’s still learning but the progress he’s making is great and that’s why I believe a fight between us towards the end of the year would be really good. He does get caught a bit though and he’d be in trouble if I caught him … but any lightweight would!”
Fight Academy present an evening of boxing at Rotherham’s Magna Centre on Sunday April 3 headlined by British Flyweight Champion Tommy Frank defending his title against Doncaster’s Craig Derbyshire.
The undercard will feature Sheffield’s Keanen Wainwright; Leeds’ Billy Pickles and Reece Cartwright; Grimsby’s Levi Giles; Wolverhampton’s Katie Healy; Barnsley’s Matty Heppenstall; France’s Ismael Francois and debutant Danny Hall.
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