News May 2007

Anthony Small - Sugar Ray impressed

Light-middleweight prospect Anthony Small has been boosted by his win on the UK v USA Contenders programme - and praise from Sugar Ray Leonard, says trainer Spencer Fearon.

Undefeated Small survived a tough last round against highly-rated Walter Wright in Newcastle in March, coming through to win on points over eight.

It was his first really big test, and by emerging victorious he extended his record to 17-0.




Now he is set to fight again on the big O2 Arena bill on July 14 - topped by Amir Khan and Nicky Cook - and take a step closer to fighting for his first title.

"I thought Anthony boxed really well and he'll go on from here," said cornerman Fearon.

"After the show Sugar Ray Leonard called us up, and we spent two hours talking to him about the fight. It was a nice gesture and shows how impressed people were with how Anthony boxed.

"He showed a lot of heart in that last round, and really sucked it up. But he'd stuck to his boxing so well in the previous rounds that he was never in danger of losing the fight on points."

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Meanwhile Ross Minter, who lost on the Contender show to Freddie Curiel, has conceded that he found it tough to adjust to the demands of the format.

"It was a fantastic experience being with all the British guys, but I did find it difficult," said Minter.

"I've never spent a week in a hotel before a fight, and eating strange food and not being in your usual gym meant my preparation was up and down."

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