Professional boxers Matt Mainwaring and Charlie Schofield extended their unbeaten runs on Saturday
Tuesday 4th October 2016 17:56 Sports Posted by Mark Phillip

Professional boxers Matt Mainwaring and Charlie Schofield extended their unbeaten runs on Saturday.

Mainwaring, 26, won his fourth consecutive fight on a point’s decision against Yailton Neves at Lancashire Cricket Club.

Mainwaring (right) with former Stalybridge Celtic striker Liam Dickinson

Mainwaring (right) with former Stalybridge Celtic striker Liam Dickinson

Meanwhile, 23-year-old Schofield claimed his seventh consecutive victory against the vastly experienced Elvis Dube, on a point’s decision, at the Devonshire Dome in Buxton.

Schofield training ahead of the big fight which took place last weekend.

Schofield training ahead of the big fight which took place last weekend.

The fight provided Mainwaring with an opportunity to build on his previous success against Liam Griffiths just one month earlier, while Schofield entered the ring having not competed since July.

However, in the lead up to Saturday’s fight, Schofield embarked on a 10-week training camp at Bettabodies Gym in Denton.

Under the guidance of respected coach Bobby Rimmer, Schofield trains alongside Jack Massey and Casey Connelly.

Reflecting on Saturday’s victory, Schofield, from Ashton, described his win as ‘the best to date’.

Speaking to Reporter Sport, he said: “I’m buzzing with the performance and felt that it was my best to date.

“I’ve actually fought Elvis previously, as he was my opponent in my second professional fight which took place in 2014.

“Saturday marked my seventh professional fight, and I’m really happy with the improvements I’ve made since then.”

Schofield admitted to feeling a lot stronger and fitter during his fight on Saturday, while adding that he felt mentally better too.

Making reference to his opponent’s age and experience – Dube is 38 and has competed in 61 bouts -Schofield said: “The age gap didn’t even enter my mind to be honest.

“I know he’s got chunks of experience on me, but I’m that hungry and determined to do a job that it doesn’t matter to me.”

What’s more impressive about Schofield’s state-of-character is the fact that he didn’t necessarily prepare to fight Dube in the lead up to Saturday. He explained: “I was originally meant to be fighting someone else – not Elvis – but they pulled out with about a week to go before the fight.

“They brought in Elvis on short notice so I had to adapt to that.”

Did the change in opponent bring any negative side-effects? “They were similar sorts of opponents anyway so nothing really changed” he said.

“My mind-set remained the same in the respect that I was getting in the ring and hoping to put on a good performance.”

Mainwaring was equally as impressed with his performance at Old Trafford Cricket Ground, describing the winning feeling as ‘fantastic’.

Having fought at the start of September, the former Hyde United and Stalybridge Celtic midfielder was delighted to have secured his second victory in the space of four weeks. He said: “It feels fantastic to get the win and I’m over the moon with how it went.

“I got a call off Matthew Hatton a few days after the last fight asking me if I wanted to fight at Lancashire Cricket ground at the start of October, so I was pretty much straight back into training from there.”

A Portuguese fighter with six bouts under his belt, Neves presented Mainwaring with a difficult challenge on Saturday. He explained: “I’ve fought two southpaw fighters on the trot now.

“Yealton is a different type of southpaw fighter, because he steamed forward at times and was also very illusive.

“Fighting a southpaw isn’t as straight forward as fighting an orthodox fighter.

“When you fight a southpaw you have to be wary of different shots, for example, the straight left hand isn’t something the ordinary fighter is used to taking.

“You basically have to have your wits about you, because you could walk straight onto a left hand if you’re not careful because of a different stance they use.

“He was in great shape and he’s a tough lad – he had a very good chin on him.

“I have nothing but respect for him and I wish him all the best for the future and his career.”

Mainwaring and Schofield made glittering references to the supporters who’ve provided encouragement throughout their fights. Mainwaring said: “I had a fantastic following, and just like the previous fight, it blew me away.”

Schofield agreed: “I had great support on the night and I thank everybody for coming down.

“The support on social media was amazing as well.

“Everybody that’s been following me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will know what I mean – everybody has been really supportive of Team Schofield.”

The pair have wasted no time in preparing for their next fights, which take place in December and November respectively.

More information will be provided as and when we have it.