Craig Thomson Fight night returns to Takapuna Rugby Club

Craig Thomson returns to the Takapuna Rugby Club with another big night of Corporate and Professional Boxing for the second time the year this Friday. The event will feature Nikolas Charalampous (19 - 4 - 0), Joshua Francis (10 - 1 - 0), Commonwealth Games Bronze Medalist Clay AJ Waterman (2 - 0 - 0) who is making his New Zealand return since his debut and the main event between Dylan Wright and Griffin Lendich.

The main event of the evening will be between Dylan Wright (1 - 4 - 0) and Griffin Lendich (Debut). This will an interesting fight as both boxers have an amateur boxing background.

Dylan Wright made his professional boxing debut back in November 2019 where he fought Francis Waitai. Since his debut, he has fought Andrei Mikhailovich twice and Chris Rata Hodgson and unfortunately he grew a losing streak. After his last fight against Andrei Mikhailovich, he decided to join the team that Andrei fights out of, Peach boxing Gym with Isaac Peach. The change was the right move as he got his fight win as a professional boxer when he defeated Alex Va by Unanimous Decision last April.

Griffin Lendich making his professional boxing debut against Wright. It won’t be an easy debut for Griffin but his amateur experience would certainly help. His boxing style can only be described as a Kill or be Killed. With that in mind, this would certainly create an interesting boxing fight between the two.

Clay AJ Waterman will be making his in-ring return after being away from the ring for eight months. He made his professional boxing debut in New Zealand in February last year and fought again back in Australia last October. Due to Covid, his career has not been the most active and with his incredible amateur boxing background, not a lot of people are jumping at the chance to fight him. His opponent is yet to be announced for this Friday but we hope to find out soon. One interesting thing to note is that Waterman is hoping to get a rematch with Jerome Pampellone. The two have fought before in the amateurs with Waterman winning by a nasty KO. Now that Jerome is high ranked in the professionals, Waterman wants that fight.

Joshua Francis will be making his in-ring return since being inactive for 7 months. Francis who is under the training and managing for Shane Cameron has had a bit of a winning streak so far but mostly against walkovers. Out of the 12 fights Francis has fought in, only 3 of the fights had positive records including his Australasian title win against Nick Midgley (6 - 1 - 0), Ranjeet Singh (3 - 0 - 0) and Kyle Mereweather (1 - 0 - 0). If you combine all of his opponent’s records, it would come out to be 13 - 15 - 5. I also have been told that his camp was offered to fight David Nyika on David debut, however, it was turned down. Hopefully this year we will see more of Francis with better quality opponents.

Francis opponent will be against a last-minute replacement against a boxer on debut. Ben Benjamin is a self-trained boxer with a corporate boxing background. Benjamin has fought in 6 corporate fights with him being undefeated. 5 of those corporate fights came by way of Knockout. He certainly comes into this fight with nothing to lose with dangerous intentions.

The last fight on the card will be Nikolas Charalampous taking on Thomas Russell. Thomas Russell the journeyman that he is, says every fight is his last fight. But opportunities keep coming up and he takes them. Charalampous has who last fought on the Joseph Parker vs Junior Fa undercard, is looking to redeem himself after the Split Decision loss against Panuve Helu. Originally a draw changed to a Split decision, Charalampous is looking to have a rematch with Panuve Helu. But he is waiting for the right promoter and for Panuve to take the fight. But when that fight happens Charalampous wants it to be a 10 round fight for a New Zealand title.

In the meantime, he will fight Russell to keep himself busy so he can always be ready.

NZ Roofing Services - Friday Night Fights III

June 11th Doors open at 5 pm first fight at 6 pm

GA tickets $40

Corporate $1200

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