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UNSUNG HERO OF THE WEEK – CHRIS ADAWAY

UNSUNG HERO OF THE WEEK – CHRIS ADAWAY

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The man from Plymouth, Chris Adaway, 10-67-4, 1 KO’s has a very decent pedigree. He boxed for England. He got to an ABA semi final and the one gym boxing fighter was certainly one to look out for.

His transition from the amateur ranks and into the pro ranks came because he was, in his own eyes, losing too many fights away from home as an amateur. He had always coveted that ABA title and it was always elusive, so he moved into the pro ranks in 2014 with a points win against Swindon’s Busy Bee, Joe Beeden.

His first five fights saw him win more than he lost but he was up against it as that included a 2014 scrap against Thomas Patrick Ward who was after his 11th straight win. Perhaps from the beginning his ultimate dream of winning a British title was one that was a shadow of itself by the time he arrived in Scotland for the first time to face Ryan Collins in February 2015 where he won on points over 4 rounds. When he turned por, Adaway was a window cleaner showing that, along with a decent boxing brain, he also had a head for heights and entrepreneurship.

After around 70 fights in the amateur ranks, has now managed 81 in the pro ranks. His last one, in March 2020, in Bolton was against Connor Lynch, just before the lockdown.

Adaway who idolised Ricky Hatton has got some serious names on his resume and a lot are north of the border so we have seen him quite a bit in Scotland.

He was opposite Lewis Ritson in 2015 at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow, faced Eddie Doyle in Bellahouston in the same year, by 2016 it was in against Stephen Tiffney in only his 4th pro fight, and then he found himself in against highly rated Jordan Gill in Sheffield in the same year – despite tasting the canvass he held on to last the full 6 rounds.

Also in 2016 Zelfa Barrett scored his 10th win against him with a second round stoppage, whilst he lasted the full four rounds against Akeem Ennis-Brown and finally in 2016 a points loss in Cardiff to Tyrone McKenna showed he was the guy to try and get to test the up and coming best.

2017 saw a couple of Tom’s as Stalker was taken to 6 in April 2017 and Farrell was also taken 6 rounds in July. June saw him back in Paisley to face Ryan Smith.

It was also the year in which he took a break from the sport. Once again decisions going against him were beginning to spoil his enjoyment. Being the away fighter is tough and he clearly had his pride. This was nowhere more obvious than in his two fights with Ben Owen. The first fight had been scored a draw and Adaway was adamant he had won. The rematch in his hometown sorted it as Adaway won, albeit slenderly on points – 39-37 over 4 rounds.

One of the most fancied fighters in Scotland faced him in 2019, Craig MacIntyre in the Emirates, Glasgow, and of the fight, Macintyre commented, “I’m delighted. I only had three weeks to train for this fight so to get the stoppage win against a tough opponent on ESPN+, I couldn’t be happier. It was a perfectly timed shot that landed. I’m boxing for the big nights like this so it was brilliant to introduce myself to that audience at this stage of my career. Hopefully now we can get a title fight between the end of the year.” Evidence of what it took to stop him and of his name being linked as a gateway to bigger opportunities.

It wasn’t his only visit to the Emirates in 2019 as he followed up the June fight against MacIntyre with a November visit to take on Pierce O’Leary. Before both he was back in Glasgow to take on Regan Glackin and what is notable is that his wiliness in the ring was beginning to show. Apart from MacIntyre stopping him, he seems to have mastered the art of holding out till the final bell!

Of course, once we get out of lockdown it shall be interesting to see if Adaway returns or he finds that this break has broken his love again for his sport. It isn’t something that most boxers who have not got massive sponsorship or a management behind them are thinking and if boxers like Adaway does not return, the sport will be all the poorer for it.

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