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Kindon’s opponent named for International Challenge belt clash in July

Top prospect Thomas Kindon (8-0) has had his next opponent confirmed as the No.3 ranked bantamweight in Georgia – Khvicha Gigolashvili (13-13).

The pair, both aged 21, are set to lock horns on July 16th at the Tolworth Recreation Centre in Surrey, vying for the International Challenge bantamweight belt.

Kindon will be looking to add the International version to his British Challenge honours that he won in his previous fight on April 1st at the same venue.

He said of his forthcoming challenger, “All I know is that he’s had 26 fights, stopped a couple of those, he’s a little bit taller than me, and ranked 3rd in his country.”

Gigolashvili, known as ‘Star’, has shared the ring with other top prospects from the UK including unbeaten super-flyweight – Kyle Yousaf; Commonwealth flyweight challenger – Waleed Din; and top prospect from South London – Sammy Cantwell.

As the headlining act, Kindon has promised not to leave anything to chance on the night by experiencing quality sparring from British bantamweight champion – Ryan Burnett and former English super-featherweight champion – Mitchell Smith in preparation.

“Sparring last week with Ryan Burnett and Mitchell Smith,” he confirmed. “Smith is two weights above so that was tough but it’s good. The sparring with Burnett has been really good for me.”

The Pocket Rocket debuted in June 2014 so the forthcoming fight in mid-July will signal the start of his third year in the paid ranks.

“I’m getting a lot more attention now I find,” he said. “Just putting a pic up on Facebook and Instagram gets a lot of likes and shares.”

Based at Guildford City Gym, the unbeaten 118-pounder will also be battling to extend his winning streak as he tops the bill for the second time on the first ever event that Tyneside promoter Steve Wraith has staged in the south of England.

The bill-topper, originally from Leeds, plans to add more silverware to his collection with bigger honours in his sights.

“We’ve got one belt now so I’d like to build on that and get another one. Hopefully going for the Southern Area title next but could be skipping that,” he suggested. “I don’t really know yet; I’ll just do what my team says.”

The said Southern Area bantamweight strap is vacant at this time. Kindon’s sparring partner, the aforementioned Ryan Burnett, is the current Lonsdale belt-holder and Jason Cunningham the present English champ, in the talent-packed division topped by world champions Jamie McDonnell (WBA) and Lee Haskins (IBF).

He concluded, “I’d like the Southern Area but I’ll just see what happens. I’m concentrating on this fight first and I hope there’s a lot of support again like there was on the last show.”


The rest of the card will see unbeaten Romanian – Florin Cardos (14-0), who recently held the WBC Mediterranean welterweight title, head to the UK for the first time in his six-year-long career to tackle winning Nigerian fighter – Innocent Anwanya (22-17-3).

Two super-welterweight debutants – Jamie Carley and Adam Barker make their pro bow on the night in separate contests.

For tickets to the show contact Team Kindon on 07867 569439 or email at

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