Barclay is coming home for a Corby fight night

Simon Barclay's next professional fight will be held in Corby
Simon Barclay's next professional fight will be held in Corby

Simon Barclay is coming home to headline the first professional boxing show in Corby for more than two decades.

The Northamptonshire Telegraph can exclusively reveal Barclay will top the bill at the Best Western Hotel on Rockingham Road on Friday, April 24.

The unbeaten cruiserweight aims to make it six straight wins in front of his home crowd and the first professional boxing show in the town since December, 1992 could also feature the debut of Darren Murray.

He’s currently training with John Mulheron jnr and if boxing bosses give him the green light, the 20-year-old welterweight from Corby will also be matched.

Murray looks set to be managed by Jason McClory, who looks after Barclay and whose company Longshot Sports will be co-promoting the show in Corby with AA Promotions.

The Best Western Hotel has a capacity of 480 and McClory is hoping for a sell out.

Barclay, who turned professional last year after winning ABA cruiserweight and heavyweight honours in the amateur ring with Corby ABC, thanked McClory and John Mulheron snr for arranging the show.

The 25 year-old said: “I was hoping to box in Corby some time soon and I’m really, really pleased that John and Jason have pulled it off.

“The show should help raise my profile in the town.

“I’m hoping people will come along to see what I’m all about, have a great night and keep coming to watch me.

“Corby people really get behind their own and we’re hoping this show will help boxing really take off in the town.”

Corby fight fans will see Barclay box over the six-round distance for the first time in his professional career.

He’s been punch perfect in his first five fights – winning every round of every fight on the referee’s scorecards – and McClory is looking for his next opponent.

McClory is currently putting together the rest of the bill and ahead of the show, he said: “I think Simon is a great prospect and we want as many Corby people as possible to watch him box and see what all the fuss is about.

“Simon’s supporters have followed him all over the country and I’m delighted they won’t have to travel so far next month.”

Ticket details for the show will be announced next week.