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It’s certainly been a tough time for Chester-based Cypriot super bantamweight, Paul Economides, 20-6(4).
Presently boasting a professional record of twenty wins from twenty-six outings, Economides had a rough spell which saw a fight postponed and issues surrounding meant a downtrodden star was close to quitting, before a chance meeting with now manager, Dave Coldwell.
Now, back in business, The Spartan, whose expected outing last month against fellow Welshman, Mark Evans, was cruelly snatched away due to paperwork irregularities in fight week, is ready to go this weekend in Manchester.
At the Bowlers Arena, the show that is promoted by former professional Kieran Farrell and headlined by two Area title contests, will see the Spartan continue his rise when opposing Bristol’s Ashley Lane, 8-8-2(1), over six rounds.
“I was told on the Thursday before the fight that my medicals weren’t in order and that really surprised and caught me off-guard as I was under the impression all was in order,” began Paul.
“There was no reminders and nobody told me it needed renewing so the only option was to postpone the fight (with Evans). Everything is now in order though and it’s all systems go for this weekend.”
Timing is everything for a boxer, however for their wives and partners not so, Katia, Paul’s wife, has just given birth to their second daughter, Sofia, five days late but there’s been no celebrations for the Spartan just yet, that will come after this weekend when opposing Lane.
“I had a few days after (the Evans postponement) but I’m feeling good, strong and definitely ready to go for this one.
“I’ve seen him (Lane) fight a few times, sparred him a few years back as well. He’s a really good fighter and his style suits me, he’s game and certainly comes to cause an upset, as he’s just done against an unbeaten lad a few weeks ago.
“I’m looking to impress and win though, that’s all I’m worried about and, although fighters don’t look ahead we all know who and what I want.”
Six years ago Economides lost, on points, for the then vacant Welsh super bantamweight strap to Cefn Fforest’s Robbie Turley, and the Cypriot fighter has been hankering for a rematch ever since.
“I want a rematch with Robbie Turley and a shot at the Commonwealth title but take nothing from Lane, he is a big threat and no mug having been in with some big names. Winning this though moves me another step closer to Turley and that strap.
“I’m excited for the weekend though and can’t wait to get back in the ring. I need to win this as there’s still pressure on me (following the Sean Davies reverse back in October for the WBC International) but I’ve had some good sparring again and I’m ready to go.”
Economides versus Lane is part of a stacked fight card at the Bowlers Arena on Saturday night which is headed by two Area title fights – Northern Area light heavyweight between Liam Conroy and Steve Cooper, and Central Area middleweight between Danny Sharp and Ben Davies.
Paul will be sporting the ‘White Ribbon’ in future outings as support for The White Ribbon Campaign which champions men against domestic violence.