Current Southern Area title holder Matthew Chanda (7-0-0) will challenge Ghanaian Duke Micah (18-0-0) for the Commonwealth bantamweight title on November 12th at York Hall.
Micah was originally due to face Andrew Moloney, but the Moloney camp withdrew from the fight and Goodwin Boxing have been able to secure this amazing opportunity for undefeated 30 year old Chanda from London.
Chanda picked up the Southern Area title in March 2016 by defeating two weight champion Jamie Speight and has now got his chance to become a breakout star in the division by handing Micah his first loss, in what sees two undefeated fighters but their records on the line in an exciting style match up. Micah has become a much feared opponent, stopping 17 of his 18 opponents, while Chanda has been building a name for himself through his industrious, high work rate style and approach.
“We couldn’t be prouder to secure this fight for Matthew” said Steve Goodwin, head of Goodwin Boxing. “The pieces fell into place. As soon as we became aware of the situation and the possibility of securing such a high profile and lucrative fight for one of our stable we did everything in our powers to make sure it happened. I have every faith in Chanda’s ability to become the first Commonwealth title holder from Goodwin Boxing on a night that already promises to be the biggest at York Hall this year.”
Micah has been busy building his career in Ghana having turned professional in 2012, although has made an appearance at the famous York Hall earlier in 2016. As part of the thriving boxing scene coming from the country including recent world title challenger Richard Commey, there are high expectations for the 25 year old. His impressive ratio of knockouts is something that Chanda is treating with respect but equally is using it to fire him up.
“Of course it looks impressive” says the Hackney based bantamweight. “But I know what I am capable of and it’s such a great opportunity in my career. I am very thankful to Steve and the team for being able to land this fight and it gives me the incentive I need to train harder than I ever have and make sure I come home with the Commonwealth title that night.”
November 11th already has fellow Goodwin Boxing fighter Leon McKenzie challenging Jahmaine Smyle for the English super middleweight title. By adding a Commonwealth title fight and the promise of more undercard action, the date is already one that should be circled in all boxing fans diaries.