Islington boxer Kian Thomas cancels clash over weight dispute

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Kian 'Tec' Thomas boxing at York Hall
Kian 'Tec' Thomas in action Photo: Kian Thomas

Promising Islington boxer Kian ‘Tec’ Thomas was forced to cancel an important clash over the weekend, after a disagreement over the weight limit. 

The  slugger had been hoping to move up the British rankings with a win over Tottenham pugilist Mark McKray at York Hall arena in Bethnal Green.

However, Thomas’ team felt that the fight should not go ahead, as his opponent McKray appeared to be in a heavier class than the welterweight division in which Mr Thomas fights. The two camps could not agree on a weight category for the clash, and so both fighters were withdrawn from the contest.

Kian 'Tec' Thomas
Kian ‘Tec’ Thomas Photo: Kian Thomas

Thomas said: “I felt fine when the fight was cancelled because I knew it was cancelled for the right reasons. The fight would have been great but I did box only two weeks ago so it doesn’t affect my plans.

“The team made the decision that it’s better that we leave it rather than force the fight on this occasion. But I’ve got a lot of great fights on big shows lined up.”

The 24-year-old trains at Islington Boxing Club on Hazellville Road. He revealed exclusively to Islington Now that his next fight will be on the undercard of a clash featuring North London hero and former WBO International heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora.

Kian 'Tec' Thomas in action
Photo: Kian Thomas

He said: “I’m fighting on Chisora’s undercard, who’s challenging for the vacant European title against Robert Helenius, which will be promoted by the Sauerland Brothers.” The Sauerlands are Germany’s top boxing promoters, and members of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

“It’s a big show and great things are happening for me,” Mr Thomas continued. “Watch this space.”

The local’s last win was an unanimous points decision against Bulgarian southpaw Mario Petrov in Brighton, bringing his professional record to a perfect five wins out of five – with two inside the distance.

Mr Thomas, who fights in the welterweight division, made his professional boxing debut in April last year. He ended his glittering amateur career as national champion in the 67kg weight category in the Amateur Boxing Association of England, with a record of 26 wins from 30.

Main picture: Kian Thomas