TC Priestly to fight Ben Dencio for NSW national super featherweight title

READY: TC Priestly (middle) with his coaches Chalky Rice (left) and Mark Pitts (right).

READY: TC Priestly (middle) with his coaches Chalky Rice (left) and Mark Pitts (right).

Moree professional boxer TC Priestly will fight Canberra's Ben Dencio for the Australian super featherweight title in Canberra.

Priestly will headline a star studded program of nine professional fights in the main event at the Hellenic Club on Friday, April 5.

Trained out of the Moree Boxing and Fitness gym under the coaching of Chalky Rice and Mark Pitts, Priestly has had one of his best preparations leading up to a fight.

He's sparred more than 90 rounds of boxing against the likes of Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Andrew Moloney and twin brother Jason, who's also a Commonwealth Games representative. Both brothers hold the WBA Oceania and Commonwealth titles in their respective divisions.

Among Priestly's other opponents was Australian lightweight champion Jacob Ng, who recently won the World Boxing Federation youth lightweight title.

Former Australian champion, Kye Mckenzie, and NSW state super lightweight champion Georoid Clancy also stepped into the ring to spar Priestly.


Professional boxer Albert Nolans from Gunnedah and Shannon Doole from Coonabarabran made up the rest of the rounds sparred.

"So far we had to travel to Kingscliff on the coast, Sydney, Coonabarabran, Tooraweenah and Narrabri just so we could spar with this quality of boxers," Priestly said.

"And this would not be possible without the help of O'Neill Concreting, Gwydir Chiropractic & Physiotherapy, Johnstone Concrete and Quarries and of course Moree Boxing and Fitness gym."

Moree Boxing and Fitness coach Chalky Rice said Priestly has been preparing for his first attempt at a tough 10 rounds and vows to produce an explosive performance and bring the title back home to Moree.

Priestly is a disciplined trainer who never complains and always meets any challenge given to him, has a strong mind, a great attitude and excellent discipline, and he's excited to be given a shot at the title.

Australian featherweight champion Jackson Jon England stated that Priestly was his toughest boxing opponent so far.

Priestly's opponent Ben 'Demolition' Dencio is the current NSW state title champion and is coming off a victory over former Australian champion Brenden Saunders.

He is a very tough come-forward type of fighter who likes to continue to apply pressure and break his opponent down.

Priestly's coaches Rice and Mark Pitts believe that his fitness, speed and skill will give the Moree boxer the upper hand in this contest and are quietly confident of a victory.

Former Moree and Guyra boxer, Abe Archibald, will also appear on the program when he takes on Grafton's Ryan Cotten.

Priestly would like to thank the Moree Community for their support and vows to show his appreciation by returning to Moree with the Australian state title.