KIERAN Gething hopes boxing's return to Abergavenny on Thursday night will lead to the sport storming the town's castle.

The 28-year-old, who had a reign as Welsh super-lightweight champion in 2019, is both promoting and headlining at a five-fight bill in the Market Hall this week.

The Gwent fighter is relishing a return to action on home soil – with eyes on an even bigger occasion in the town.

"There hasn't been professional boxing in Abergavenny for well over 50 years and the last amateur boxing here I was actually on the card as an amateur, seven or eight years ago," said Gething.

"It's great to be adding to the history because there fighters and big names like Randolph Turpin and Eddie Thomas that boxed in the Market Hall, and so did my great grandfather.

"It's a venue that fell out of favour for whatever reason but we are looking to change that – it is a wonderful building and it will look fantastic with the way that we are planning the show.

"Hopefully this is just the start and we are already looking at dates for the future with other venues in Abergavenny – my biggest ambition is for an event at the castle."

Tickets can be bought on the door and Gething has added pressure by being so close to home.

"It's the first time for a long time that I've got to do my thing in front of so many of my friends and family," he said.

"I opened a boxing club here that has gone really well so far and people who I am trying to help with their careers will get to see me do it.

"It's been a challenge promoting a show while also training, I do like getting involved in things! It's eye-opening but also rewarding."

Gething (11-2-2) was scheduled to fight Sion Yaxley but will take on a new opponent in an eight-round bout after a late change.

"We will hopefully see some of the guys that are on the undercard – Ethan George, Jake Tinklin – in title fights in the next couple of months," said Gething.

"We've got five fights on, two six-rounders, two four-rounders and an eight-rounder, so it should be a really good show."

Doors open at 6pm with the boxing starting at 6.30pm.