MANSFIELD Woodhouse boxing prospect Robert ‘Razor’ Sharp is ready for the step-up on his home professional debut at Mansfield Civic Centre on Saturday.
On a show promoted by Mansfield Robin Hood Boxing’s Matt Scriven, Sharpe will take on Derby’s Paul Frost, looking to put things right after being on the rough end of two debatable away decisions.
Sharp (18) also has hopes of fighting for the Midlands title, maybe as early as December.
Said Scriven: “We hope the Mansfield public come along and get behind Rob. He’s a million dollars and is as exciting as they get. This boy can fight and loves a war. It’s going to be a top night.
“Rob has been sparring with British champ Jason Booth in preparation to meet Frost.
“We could have picked another journeyman-type opponent, but we’re confident he’s ready for the step-up. Frost comes into this fight hungry and off the back of a win.
“He has won two, lost one and drawn one and is trained and managed by my former trainer Jason Shinfield and father/manager Mike at the same stable as world title challenger Rendall Munroe.
“It looks as though Frost and stablemate Dave Davies, also on the bill, will be bringing a lot of fans with them and the Shinfields have been ordering more books of tickets.
“This is going to be a real test for Robert. The fight is now a six three minute rounds affair – a real tough distance and a step-up for both boxers. We need Mansfield to get behind their man.”
Also on the bill is Huthwaite-based, well-supported middleweight Gordon Watson, having his second paid fight after being out of action for almost a year.
He takes on Jake Dyer, managed by Newark’s Carl Greaves.
“Gordon cannot wait to get back into the ring,” said Scriven “He is selling tickets well and is up for his comeback.
“Preparation under Scott Calow is going great and he just can’t wait to get it on.”
Other fights will include Dave Davies against Ryan Clark.
“Shinfield-based Prince Dave Davies, as he is know in the boxing world, will have a good following, and he is up against fearless Lincoln fighter Ryan Clark, who always comes for a war. I am looking forward to that one,” said Scriven.
Anyone who would like to sponsor the show or Robert Sharpe in particular should call Matt Scriven on 07833 995770.
Scriven had more good news for fans, saying: “For the first time I can remember on Saturday alcohol will be allowed in the main arena whilst the boxing is on.
“I’m really pleased to have been the first to be given a bar licence from the British Boxing Board of Control.”
Half-an-hour after the boxing, there will also be a disco until 1am. Doors open 7pm, boxing starts at 8pm and tickets, priced £35 are available from Matt Scriven, Robert Sharp on 07724 964825, Sedexho at the Civic Centre on 01623 656766, or Gordon Watson or Scott Calow on 07786 543315/07876 641055 respectively.