Wayne’s date with destiny

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BURNLEY boxer Wayne Bennett looks set to earn a date with destiny.

The 24-year-old has learned that his Huddersfield Sports Centre show, where he will fight journeyman Carl Allen, has been upgraded to a Sky Sports event.

The March 5th date is now being topped by Dewsbury’s Gary Sykes, defending his British title against Middlesbrough’s former Commonwealth title holder Paul Truscott. But the lightening-fisted Clarets fan, who has so far claimed victory over Sean Gorman and Kristian Laight to register a 100% start to his professional career, is eager to put on a show and impress in hope of landing his television debut.

“It depends whether we put on a good fight as to whether it gets shown,” Wayne said. “It does give me that incentive to go in there and put on a show. I want to get recognised and make a name for myself and this is a great opportunity for me.”

His 41-year-old Wolverhampton-based opponent has not won since November 2003, however, Bennett has no intention of under-estimating Allen: “I know he’s well experienced.

“He’s fought at quite a high level so he’s not someone you can under-estimate.

“He’s fought some decent lads and he’s pretty quick, he likes to come forward and swing a bit so I’ve been working on my movement and countering. I’m just going to go in there and box my style.”

He added: “I’m feeling confident but with him being a bit heavier he’s going to be stronger than me.

“I’ve got to try and avoid a scrap, get in and out and stay sharp. I think me speed and my youth should get me through.”

Tickets are still being sold at the original prices of £30 general and £50 ringside and can be purchased from Wayne by calling 07713556763.