SCOTT GLADWIN is the latest boxer from Chris Aston’s Huddersfield stable to earn a slot on next month’s big Kell Brook bill.
The 24-year-old Southpaw from Halifax has slimmed down to bantamweight and will take on former Olympic competitor Khalid Yafai at Sheffield on Saturday, October 20.
Huddersfield light-welterweight Tyrone Nurse is already lined-up for a title fight, possibly Central area, on a star-studded schedule at the Motorpoint Arena.
The show features unbeaten welterweight Brook in an IBF final eliminator with Hector Saldivia, while Doncaster’s Jamie McDonnell faces Vusi Malinga in a bantamweight world title eliminator.
Former Rawthorpe Amateur Boxing Club fighter Gladwin will go into his bout on the back of a Central area super-bantamweight title loss.
He was stopped in six rounds by Gavin McDonnell, twin brother of Jamie, at Doncaster earlier this month – a first defeat in six professional fights.
Trainer Aston reckons the experience has sharpened Gladwin’s desire to be a success in the paid ranks, explaining: “He was back in the gym the next day.
“Coming after those five straight wins, the loss hit him hard, and the important thing is that he understands why it happened and works to rectify things.
“He’s moving down to bantamweight, which should suit him better, and both the McDonnell and Yafai fights will be learning experiences.
“This is going to be a big, big show, with an expectant crowd there as well as the Sky cameras, and Scott will have to deal with that.”
Having been an ABA champion at 17, Yafai, from Birmingham, was a flyweight campaigner in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and turned pro after controversially missing out on London 2012.