Manton in hometown scrap

LOOKING SHARP: Shannen Manton tunes up with coach Brad Gallagher ahead of his Western NSW title bout on Saturday. Picture: Sylvia Liber

LOOKING SHARP: Shannen Manton tunes up with coach Brad Gallagher ahead of his Western NSW title bout on Saturday. Picture: Sylvia Liber

ILLAWARRA boxer Shannen Manton is confident he can claim his first amateur title when he travels to Cowra for a Western NSW middleweight title bout on Saturday.

Wollongong-based and Cowra-raised, Manton will take on Ryan Apps for over four rounds in rare chance to fight in his hometown.

He’ll have to overcome a sizeable gap in experience, but is confident he can bring home the strap 

“Our preparations been great, I’m feeling really sharp,” Manton said.

“I’ve done all the roadwork so my legs are there for the four rounds,” Manton said.

“My sponsors FightLife and Superior Nutrition at Dapto have helped get me in the best shape I’ve ever been in.

“I’m fighting a tough country boy in a country boys’ town.

“He’s got a little bit more experience than me but I know what I can do.

“Being for a a belt it means a little bit more than any other fight I’ve had we’ve got to go out there and do the business and get it done.

“You’ve only got a short time in the amateurs so you’ve got to take these chances when they come up.”

Coach Brad Gallagher said his charge has never looked better ahead of the biggest bout of his burgeoning career.

“He’s done everything right,” Gallagher said.

“He’s been sparring professionals the last two years. [Apps] has had more fights but I doubt he’s had the sparring and the preparation Shan’s had.

“I’ve said all along that he’s the best young talent I’ve ever had and I know without a doubt he’s going to prove that in Cowra on Saturday night.

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