KELL Brook has responded to concerns over his conditioning by adding to his backroom team.

The Sheffield welterweight clung on for a narrow points verdict against American Carson Jones last month, struggling in the later rounds having dominated the first half of the contest.
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Manchester pair Ronnie Heffron and David Barnes will engage in a “derby” at the city’s Bowlers venue on October 12.

Dave Coldwell, who promotes Barnes, is certain the occasion will bring the best out of his former two-time British champion.
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Kieran Farrell, right, with David Coldwell

KIERAN Farrell expects to battle former British champion Anthony Crolla for the Prizefighter lightweight crown.

Heywood’s Farrell can expect very difficult competition in the October 6 shoot-out, with many pundits and fans labelling this version the most competitive yet.
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Chad Gaynor with Dave Coldwell

A REJUVENATED Chad Gaynor says “50/50” sessions with Kell Brook prove he could be a major force in boxing – months after he almost quit the sport.

Despite building up an unblemished record following a promising amateur career, the welterweight came close to ditching the profession after becoming disillusioned.
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LEE Purdy has challenged Denton Vassell to leave the “no-name” opponents behind and grant him a Commonwealth title re-match.

Competing in his first major bout at welterweight, Purdy dropped a 12-round points decision to the Lancashire boxer for the vacant title in April 2010.
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HEAVYWEIGHTS David Price and Audley Harrison will travel to Liverpool and London to promote their bout, which is being titled “Battle of the Olympians”.

Price, won won bronze in Beijing four years ago, and Harrison, a gold medalist at the 2000 Games in Sydney, will be in the former’s home city on Wednesday, August 8, before travelling south to the capital a day later.

The bout at Liverpool’s Echo Arena, in which the unbeaten Price will be defending his British and Commonwealth titles, will be screened on BoxNation, on October 13.

 

Coldwell Boxing’s October 12 show, scheduled for The Bowlers in Manchester, has been boosted with Matthew Hatton being added to the show.

With a full card set to be announced in the coming days, Dave Coldwell is delighted to add the former European champion.

“Matthew is a quality fighter and he’s someone I’ve admired for a long time,” said Coldwell.

“He’s fought at championship level for a long time now and he’s shared the ring with some of the sport’s best names including Ben Tackie, Saul Alvarez and Kell Brook. He’s got an IBO title shot set for early next year so he’s going to have an eight-round fight on our show in October and that should hopefully put him in a good place as he prepares for his next big opportunity.

“Last time out against Brook, things never went Matthew’s way but he can be proud of the effort he made because he was in there with a real class opponent.

“The next chapter in Matthew’s career is set to begin on October 12 and I’m delighted that Coldwell Boxing is part of Matthew’s way back. This show promises to be another cracker from us and we’ll be announcing full details of the card in the near-future.”

FORMER British champion Anthony Crolla has completed arguably the strongest line-up in Prizefighter history.

The Joe Gallagher-trained lightweight could come face-to-face again with Derry Matthews, who took the championship from him in April.

Stephen Jennings, Terry Needham and Nathan Brough will form the home contingent at the Liverpool Olympia in October 6, joining Kieran Farrell, another ex-British boss in former super-featherweight champion Gary Skyes, and Liam Patrick Walsh.

“I never expected a line-up quite like this, but Anthony’s inclusion is the icing on the cake,” said promoter Eddie Hearn.

“Ideally we would’ve loved to have this in a 5,000-seater arena but the fans will experience an atmosphere like never before in the Liverpool Olympia and this is a must watch night of boxing.”

Rocky Fielding will also challenge Wayne Reed for the Central Area super middleweight title on the Sky Sports televised show.

 

Maxi Hughes, left, and promoter Dave Coldwell

Coldwell Boxing have added a new signing as undefeated Doncaster prospect Maxi Hughes inked a promotional deal with the  Yorkshire outfit.

Hughes is the latest name to join Coldwell’s ranks as the promoter has enjoyed a busy summer pursuing a wide range of talent that he believes can go on and carve out successful careers.
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Billy Joe Saunders will defend his Commonwealth Middleweight title against Australian rival Jarrod Fletcher at Wembley Arena on Friday 14th September.

The fight will be televised on BoxNation.

It will be an explosive battle to see whose ‘0’ goes with Saunders and Fletcher both holding undefeated records.
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Heavyweight prospect: Dillian Whyte (left)

Contrary to much belief, heavy hitting Dillian Whyte is adamant boxing’s heavyweight division is as strong as it has ever been.

The unbeaten prospect, who has already eased to seven straight victories, believes the big boys are hitting harder than ever before and that British boxing in the top weight category is also thriving.
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GARY Buckland is one win away from exceeding his boxing dreams.

The Cardiff super-featherweight (26-2) faces ex-European champion Stephen Foster Jr (30-3-1) on October 5 in Bolton for the former’s British title.

A dominant victory would push Buckland onto the level which used to be occupied by Foster. The Salford man lost the European title in his first defence to Ermano Fegatilli in 2011.
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Steve Goodwin

STEVE Goodwin insists a more competitive TV landscape is good for boxing – but revealed most promoters were “negative” towards his new deal with Primetime.

Goodwin’s first televised show is on September 15 at York Hall, a huge seven-hour event of which two-and-a-half hours will be televised.

Crucially for the Bedfordshire-based promoter, access to the action will be free for viewers whose current choices are occasional broadcastss on Channel 5 or more regular offerings on subscription channels Sky Sports and BoxNation.
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Ryan Clark and Jody Meikle have urged boxing fans to pray for Jonjo Finnegan as he battles for his life.

Clark knocked out Finnegan after six rounds in Burton on Friday evening.

Finnegan is now fighting for his life in hospital after suffering from bleeding on the brain.

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Big chance: Kevin Hooper (right)

Unbeaten Kevin Hooper says there is no chance of him missing out on the biggest and best opportunity of his career when he challenges Amir Unsworth for his Midlands Area title in October.

Not only is a coveted title up for grabs but the victor will go on to fight for the English title in 2013.

Lightweight Hooper, from Grimsby, will enter the ring a slight favourite after racing to 12 wins from 12.
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Super middleweight Jonjo Finnegan is in intensive care after being knocked out in Friday night’s International Masters title contest.

The Burton-on-Trent boxer, fighting at home in a bid to take the title from holder Ryan Clark, was floored in the sixth round of their contest.

Finnegan was said to have been knocked out before he hit the canvas and was attended to by medical staff before being taken to Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre, at which surgery was performed.

Many figures from the world of boxing have taken to social networking site Twitter to send their best wishes to Finnegan.

Clark’s manager, Carl Greaves, said: “Not slept much, things like that happening are your worst nightmare. Hope he makes a full recovery.”

Hammersmith star George Groves clearly has no intention of taking the easy path to his goal of a major international super-middleweight title.

In his last three title starts, ‘The Saint’, 24, has seen off the formidable trio of Kenny Anderson (rsc6), James DeGale (pts12) and Paul Smith (rsc2). Now, following almost eight months out due to injuries, he will concede height, reach, experience and home court when he returns in a potentially awkward eight rounder with Mexican banger Francisco Sierra tomorrow evening.
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Tony Conquest will challenge Ian Tims for the vacant WBO European cruiserweight championship at York Hall on Friday  September 7, headlining the latest BoxAcademy event.

Reigning Southern Area champion Conquest is harbouring British and subsequently world ambitions and if he can overcome Irishman Tims, he will secure a WBO ranking along with the WBO European strap.
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PROMOTER Steve Goodwin has revealed Ali Adams was lined up for a £100,000 bout in the Middle East had he seen off Audley Harrison.

Iraqi-born Adams was knocked out in the fourth round of their May clash in Brentwood, and subsequently tested positive for a banned substance. He has since claimed that the substance may have been included in medication he was taking for a neck injury and that he would never knowingly take anything on the banned list.
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Josh Wale

FOR Josh Wale, the pain of underperforming on his biggest night as a professional was perhaps worse than the savage cuts which forced his televised fight against Kid Galahad to be stopped.

The 24-year-old showed enormous guts against the highly-touted Sheffield fighter, ploughing forward in their May super-bantamweight clash despite his opponent’s fast hands and punishing angles of attack.

Wale returns to the ring at Barnsley Metrodome on September 21 against Terry Broadbent for the vacant central area bantamweight title, aiming to build up once again to another high-profile contest.
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