Spartan Returns – Liverpool December 14th
Paul Economides (13-4) faces the biggest night of his career on December 14th, when he faces off against Michael Ramabeletsa (10-10 4KO’s) at the Liverpool Olympia on a Dave Coldwell promoted show.
The eight rounder will pit the ‘Spartan’, fresh off his heroic defeat at the hands of Gavin McDonnell, against the South African born Ramabeletsa, a man who gives no-one an easy night.
Economides will be looking to build on a performance against McDonnell, which was lauded by those in attendance. Despite the ridiculous scorecards (which were roundly mocked on the night), Economides took a lot from a night where he proved he could stick to a game plan, and that he belonged at the top table of domestic super-bantamweights.
Ramabeletsa holds victories over former English champion Ross Burkinshaw, as well as narrow points defeats to top British level operators such as Josh Wale and Iain Butcher. He has also hung tough with possible future world champions in Paul Butler and Khalid Yafai.
There are major things planned in the new year for Economides if the Chester man gets through the South African, but he knows he is in for a stern test. A defeat here would make the McDonnell performance irrelevant, and leave his career in tatters.
For Ramabeletsa, a man who has won his last two fights, this could an opportunity to earn himself a major title shot after a hard career. One in which he has never been done any favours.
There is a lot at stake for both fighters, but only one can move forward into 2014 with their dreams of success intact. On December 14th we will find out which one of these warriors it will be.
Tickets are priced at £30 and £50, and are available from Paul Economides on 07789 256 640, or from Chester Boxers on 01244 342 012.