Boxing: Tom Doran targets November return as Deva Police ABC goes from strength to strength

DAZZLING Tom Doran will return to the ring on November 6.

The Connah’s Quay light middleweight – currently unbeaten in six professional fights – has not fought since out- pointing Jonny Musgrave in May due to an Achilles injury that has hampered his training.

And he is looking for a tough opponent to get him back on track for a British title opportunity by 2012.

Doran was scheduled to fight last month but was forced to withdraw due to his injury and the 23-year-old has taken himself off to Las Vegas to rest and recuperate.

But trainer Shane Thomas said the young prospect is now fit and well and looking forward to getting more rounds under his belt before targeting current Lonsdale king Sam Webb (16-1), who fights the erratic Martin Concepcion on Saturday.

“I know Hatton Promotions want him to fight on the November 6 card and hopefully have him out again in December,” said Thomas.

“They’re looking at Tom going for a British title in the next year or so and I think that’s a possibility. Webb doesn’t have much to worry him in my opinion. He just needs to get back in the ring now and do the rounds.”

A full house at Saltney Social Club saw a number of Deva Police ABC fighters record impressive victories last Saturday night.

Due to late withdrawals, only three senior contests were able to take place with Ash Appleby, Adam Gumati and Mark Sullivan in action.

After being pushed all the way in their bouts 21-year-old Appleby and Gumati, 19, both gained majority verdicts over their opponents from Skelmersdale and Shotton respectively to add to their growing reputation.

Twenty-six-year-old Sullivan was unlucky to lose by way of a majority verdict against his Dyffryn opponent G.Rowlands in a fight which could have gone either way.

In what was another successful night for the Marley Way based club there were convincing victories for Deva fighters Connor Beattie, Sam Rigg and Jack Cruise.

There were defeats however with Deva’s Joe Rigg, having boxed well, losing his unbeaten record to Middleton Selects K Bailey in a bout decided by a majority verdict.

Jack Rogers also lost out in his fight, falling to a contentious majority verdict after a very hard fought bout.

Guests on the evening included Manchester based hot prospect Rhys ‘Pure Silk’ Roberts and ex-Chester City player John Evans.

Meanwhile the stars of the club are in action again this Saturday as a seven-strong team travel to South Wales to take part in the Welsh Championships.

Brothers Sam, Louis and Joe Rigg, Jake Cruise, Jack Rogers and Sam Pickering will be the first junior boxers from Deva Police ABC to take part in the Welsh Championships.

The Welsh Novice Championships are also getting underway, with Paul Owen and Ross Broadbent taking part.

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