Northampton boxer Conway jets off to USA ahead of huge title fight in Texas

Northampton’s Kieron Conway will jet off to the USA this weekend ahead of his huge fight in Texas on May 8.

Friday, 30th April 2021, 10:14 am
Updated Friday, 30th April 2021, 10:16 am
Northampton boxer Kieron Conway won his WBA Intercontinental super-welterweight title last August

Conway, who turns 25 on Sunday, will be defending his WBA Intercontinental super-welterweight title against the unbeaten Frenchman Souleymane Cissokho.

The fight is on the undercard of the mouthwatering blockbuster super-middleweight world title unification clash between Canelo Alvarez and Brit Billy Joe Saunders at the huge AT&T stadium in Arlington.

The show is to be broadcast worldwide on DAZN and is a fantastic opportunity for Conway to raise his profile to a whole new level.

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The fight is being staged at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, the home of the Dallas Cowboys NFL team

Conway has been catching the eye for the past two or three years now, winning his intercontinental crown on a Matchroom Fight Night broadcast live on Sky Sports last August.

Then in December he fought on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s world title defence against Kubrat Pulev at Wembley Arena, taking on Maculay McGowan after next week’s opponent Cissokho had withdrawn a couple of weeks before.

That non-title win over MacGowan was impressive, but like all fights over the past 14 months or so, it took place behind closed doors.

That is most definitely not going to be the case in Texas, with a crowd of up to 70,000 anticipated for the big night at the home of the Dallas Cowboys NFL team, and there will also be millions watching around the globe.

Conway will go into the fight in confident mood, as he will be chasing his seventh win in his past eight fights, with the only blip that draw with Ted Cheeseman for the British title in the summer of 2019.

Overall, Conway has won 16, drawn one and lost one of his 18 fights, while Cissokho has a 100 per cent record.

A bronze medalist at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Cissokho, who is 29, has won 12 out of 12 since turning professional, with the most recent win being against Mexican journeyman Daniel Echeverria in Dallas, Texas, last month.

That was the Senegal-born boxer’s first fight since September, 2019.

Conway has already altered his sleep pattern to Texas time to ensure he can hit the ground running when he lands in the USA

The former King’s Heath amateur has been working towards this fight night for the past three months, and is raring to go having been denied the chance to fight his original opponent, Jessie Vargas.

The American pulled out of the bout last month, much to the annoyance of Conway, but it has paved the way for the clash with Cissokho.