Archive for April, 2012

Title-chasing Adil Anwar says the success of close friend Amir Khan will act as a catalyst for his own pursuit of championships.

Anwar fights Lenny Daws on the undercard of the eagerly anticipated David Price v Sam Sexton heavyweight match-up at Aintree Racecourse on May 19.

The bout is for the vacant English light-welterweight crown and is a final eliminator for the British belt – which will be contested on the same show, between defending champion Ashley Theophane and challenger Steve Williams.

Anwar said: “Amir Khan is an inspiration to me and I also consider Amir a friend. I speak to Amir and on the night of the Prizefighter he telephoned to show his support.

“He is fighting at world-class level and it would be arrogant to put myself up there and say I am worthy to fight someone who has worked so hard and spent so much time developing his career to get into that position.

“But, in time, I intend on fighting at the same level.”

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Jamie Speight was defeated by Ben Jones on Saturday evening.

BEN Jones overcame the shock of March’s 90-second blowout defeat to Stephen Smith by stopping Jamie Speight to claim the IBO international lightweight title on Saturday evening.

Crawley-based Jones finished southern area super featherweight champion Speight in the sixth round to improve his record to 13-3-1.

Speight, who received a hip injury in the fourth round, now drops to 11-3 following the loss at Hove’s Town Hall.

A European title shot in the super-featherweight division is now on Jones’ wish-list, while Speight is set to relocate from his existing Devon base and move to the north-west to work in association with Vaughan Boxing.

Kev Hooper

Lightweight Kevin Hooper stretched his perfect start to 12 following a sparkling display against Mark Bett on Friday evening.

The 28-year-old dismantled his opponent over the opening two rounds in Barnsley – forcing Bett to quit on his stool seconds before the start of the third.

Hooper told Lincboxing how he cut a frustrated figure at the end of the fight but admitted Bett’s decision saved him from being knocked out later in the contest.

“He was complaining of a hand injury which was strange because I don’t remember him hitting me if I’m honest.

“I was determined to knock him out but he took that chance away from me. Even the referee told me not to worry because Bett was ready to be knocked out in the next.

“It was easy. He was easy to hit and I missed with very few punches. At the end of the day all you can do is beat the boxer in front of you and I did that with ease.”

The International Masters champion praised his 50-strong following from Grimsby and said the atmosphere overall inspired him to an impressive performance.

“The atmosphere was really good and my supporters were brilliant as always,” continued Hooper. “There was a bit of crowd trouble at the end of the night which was a shame.

“You get that at boxing sometimes. I was a spectator at the Kell Brook and Matthew Hatton fight in Sheffield last month and there were a number of outbreaks in the arena.

“But overall the atmosphere was really good.”

Now, ‘Super’ is expected to land a British Midlands Area title shot in October – against the winner of Amir Unsworth and Jamie Spencer on May 19.

“That’s the next title I want around my waist. Then I hope to look at an English title after that. For me, it’s about climbing the ladder at a steady pace.

“Away from boxing, I’m getting married in Greece, in August. I hope to get one my fight in before then to keep me ticking over.

“I’m enjoying my boxing and I just want to keep improving.”

SCOTT Moises has been sparring the Walsh brothers in preparation for his next fight – and there are plenty of reasons why this most routine of boxing practices is of such importance to him.

The 24-year-old (3-5) tackles John Quigley on the undercard of David Price’s heavyweight clash against Sam Sexton on May 19, at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool.

Helping him prepare for the Liverpool southpaw are the Cromer-based lefty trio of Liam, Michael and Ryan Walsh.

But the very opportunity to step through the ropes is of great importance for Moises, who battled leukaemia during his teenage years.

Between the ages of 15 and 20, the Aylsham super-featherweight had to put his dreams on hold. Never backing down, Tte driving force throughout that whole period was a desire to get back in the ring.

“I was dead set on getting back into boxing. That was the only thing that kept me going,” said Moises, who now trains at Graham Everett’s Norwich gym.

“I had to stop from the age of 15 until 20 but when I could, I would still go down the gym and help to coach. Once I’d had the worst of the chemotherapy, I went down and trained when I could.

“It was a bit difficult when everyone else just carried on with their boxing. But I was determined to get through it.

“When I eventually came back, all the boys took it really light on me – except my younger brother, Stuart! And it was still a while before they went at it hard with me again.”

Moises is now very much in the thick of things, with the bout against Quigley (6-0) foremost in his mind.

“Quigley is a slippery southpaw, a bit cocky, but I’ve been working with the Walsh brothers who are all southpaws.  They are always giving me tips and advice, it’s really good,” said Moises, who is one of the tallest boxers in the division at 6ft.

“I’m looking forward to it. If I win then I can get back in the running again. I know that Quigley is a fast boxer but I’ve just got to keep him back with my jab.

“I’ve definitely improved since the Jamie Speight fight (10-round points defeat for the southern area super-featherweight title) – I feel physically stronger and fitter.  I’m not leaning back on the ropes so much, I’m concentrating on using my jab more.

“Against Speight I thought I lost a couple of rounds at most. It was a good fight with quite a few close rounds.

“I’m just trying to get a few wins under my belt. Hopefully I’ll get another title shot or a re-match with Jamie Speight.”

MICKEY Coveney is under no illusions when he becomes the second opponent of stage two in Martin Lindsay’s career next month.

The super-featherweight, 30, will step into the lion’s den when facing Northern Irishman Lindsay at the Kings Hall in Belfast on May 5.

Twenty-nine-year-old home fighter Lindsay will return to the scene of his sole loss in 19 fights, dropping the British featherweight title to John Simpson in late 2010.

Highly-rated Lindsay, now working with Matchroom Sports following a break from Frank Maloney’s promotions team, is still highly rated and returned with a six-round points victory against Pole Maurycy Gojko at London’s Troxy in March.

Now, the road back to the title will continue with a battle against West Ham’s Coveney (13-14) who is pragmatic enough to accept his night will be far from easy.

“Lindsay is a former British champion, and he has beaten whoever has been put in front of him with the exception of John Murray. I know he’s going to be decent and I don’t expect any favours,” said Coveney, with the pair’s fight on the undercard of Paul McCloskey’s bout with DeMarcus Corley, plus a middleweight Prizefighter competition.

“I’m his second fight back and maybe his management team wanted someone easier,” said Coveney.

“But I know that he’ll be taking this fight seriously. I went over to (Lindsay trainer) John Rooney’s gym in south London a couple of months ago and I’m told that Martin did everything for John to make this fight happen.

“He might come out like a lunatic and be shit hot, but it’s more likely that he’s going to box me. I don’t think he will go flat-out from the opening bell.

“I’m going to keep my hands up, my chin down and move my head. I’m under no illusions that I am going to bash him up. I’m going for a fight.

“But I’m not getting ideas above my station. This is my 28th fight, I know what I am doing. My idea is to win a few early rounds and go from there. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Following the Belfast clash, Coveney, managed by Newark-based Carl Greaves, is set for a bout against Hull’s Tommy “Boom Boom” Coyle (11-0).

“I don’t really follow boxing that much so I don’t really know a great deal about him,” admitted Coveney.

“I’ll try to stay cut-free against Lindsay and then go for the Coyle fight. I’ve heard he’s a game boy.”

Kev Hooper.

Fast improving Kevin Hooper is confident of stretching his perfect record to 12 this weekend.

The 28-year-old international masters lightweight champion goes toe to toe with Mark Bett in Barnsley on Friday – determined to continue his steady climb up the professional ladder.

Despite losing 15 of 25 bouts, Bett is expected to provide a stern test for Grimsby-based Hooper.

“I don’t know too much about him to be honest,” admitted Hooper.

“He has five wins to his name and three knockouts so he can bang a bit – that’s something I will have to be careful of.

“This is a four round fight and my promoter Carl Greaves has got me in the ring to keep my ticking over. I want to stay busy.

“I aim to keep this guy at bay, work off my jab, and win the fight. How I win the fights at this stage is not a big thing for me. I just want to keep improving and keep climbing the ladder.

“I have ambitions of fighting for an Area or English title very soon and this fight represents another step in that direction.” Last time out, Hooper proved different class to claim the vacant international masters crown by defeating durable Bulgarian Yordan Vasilev, in Grimsby.

Hooper had his opponent, who possessed a decent record of 10 victories, on the back foot for much of the 10-round contest and won every round on a points decision.

“It wasn’t my best performance wise, but I always felt in control,” added father-of-three Hooper. “My movement was too good for him but that was one of the only bits of my game I was pleased with.

“I want to improve for this fight and put on a bit of a show. If I catch Bett, I will capitalise on it.”

Hooper is looking for funding to help him realise his dream of becoming a full-time professional boxer. If you are interested, call him on 07532 380456.

Bradley Skeete.

UNDEFEATED prospect Bradley Skeete has put in the hard rounds with English welterweight champion Lee Purdy ahead of his next bout at the Royal Albert Hall.

Penge-based Skeete (7-0) returns on the undercard of what was supposed to be Nathan Cleverley’s latest defence of his WBO light-heavyweight title defence against Robin Krasniqi.

But while the Welshman subsequently pulled out with a viral infection, the card will go ahead – and that means Skeete can put his ever-growing armoury of styles to good effect, this time against fellow unbeaten fighter Ross Payne, of Crawley.

“I don’t know much about him, but it’s another chance to show what I can do,” said Skeete, 24.

“I’ve been in the gym as usual, going through the gears and going through my combinations.  In my last fight (against Laszlo Komjathi, w pts 8) I injured my left hand and I was disappointed I didn’t get him out of there, but it was good to get another eight rounds under my belt.

“I feel fit and sharp, especially as I’ve done some quality sparring with Lee Purdy, and also John and Danny Dignum.

“When I sparred with Lee Purdy, he didn’t leave me alone because that is what he’s like. I couldn’t jab, move and jab normally because he kept picking and poking away. I had to give some and take some but I loved going to work at close range.”

Skeete hopes this bout will be followed by a southern area welterweight title shot against new champion Chas Symonds. He was ringside at Coronet Theatre, Elephant & Castle on April 20 to watch Symonds defeat Darryl Still for the vacant championship – and was not impressed.

“Chas won but, no disrespect to him, his is a belt I can take,” added Skeete, known as “Super”.

“I told (manager) Dean Powell that I could beat this guy. He said he was going to get it sorted so hopefully after Payne I can take that title.”

Shane McPhilbin lost a highly controversial first fight to Enzo Maccarinelli.

Shane McPhilbin has promised to rip Enzo Maccarinelli’s heart out ahead of their eagerly-anticipated rematch later this year.

The bruising cruiserweight surrendered his British title to the Welshman under controversial circumstances in March and has now vowed to put the record straight.

After flooring Maccarinelli in the first, and with the former world champion reeling, the bell was rung for the end of the round 47 seconds before it should have been – arguably robbing the Nottinghamshire fighter’s of a famous victory.

Depite going down again, Maccarinelli’s superior conditioning saw him run out winner on points following a unanimous decision.

But when the two collide for a second time in Wolverhampton on June 22, McPhilbin and his growing army of fans, insists he will regain his crown.

“I want to rip his heart out,” McPhilbin told LincBoxing. “Before our last fight I was just happy with giving it my best shot. Now, I know I can win.

“I have a totally different feeling about this. What I realised in our last fight is that I can hit him with some big shots and that I can drop him.

“I nearly broke his heart last time and I aim to do it properly this time.

“I’m looking to blow him out early and get my belt back for me, trainer Carl Greaves, and all my fans.”

While doubts remain over Maccarinelli’s future in the sport, a ninth career win for McPhilbin could propel the popular boxer to much bigger things.

“I’ve just started training again and I’ll be ready,” added McPhilbin, who boasts almost a 50 per cent knock out success rate.

“I’m sure Enzo will come back stronger but so will I. I am determined to win this fight and move on to bigger and better things.

“Despite that defeat in March, the performance has done my confidence the world of good. I can’t wait to get stuck into him.”

Jamie Speight.

JAMIE SPEIGHT believes his vicious body punching and durability will be far too much for Ben Jones when the two meet later this month.

The Kingsteignton boxer opposes Jones for the vacant

IBO International lightweight title in Hove on Saturday, April 28, his third successive championship bout.

Fresh off a points victory against Norfolk’s Scott Moises for the southern area super-featherweight title in March – and having lost to Kev Hooper for the British Masters lightweight title previously – Speight insists he has far too much skill for his Crawley-based opponent (12-3) who was dispatched inside a round by Stephen Smith in his most recent contest.

“He’s a good kid, a very basic boxer and he likes to come forward and walk you down,” said Speight (11-2).

“When he lets his hands go he has very fast hands,  but I have far superior skills and I know I’ve ten rounds of movement in me.

“I’ve been dropping people in sparring with my body shots. I’m dropping it in and they’re going ‘oh fuck!’ And at the end of the Moises fight, he was almost black and blue from those body shots.

“After beating Moises I could have quite easily settled for boxing a few journeymen, beat a few people up to stay busy. But I don’t believe that would been progress.

“You look at someone like Tyrone Nurse who has a record of 22-1. It looks like a good record but he lost to someone who is only an all right kid (Adil Anwar) but not British class (in the Prizefighter final). I don’t see what you get by fighting 22 nuggets.”

Speight is set to join up with Vaughan Boxing following the bout – which is to be contested at a catch weight of 9st 7lbs – and says he will relocate from his Devon base.

“I’m going to move up there and get my head down, leave Devon behind,” said Speight. “I’ll sit down with them, see what they have to say, and we can go from there. I’m just lucky that Steve Horn (Tees Rail and Tess Infrastructure) helps me to be a professional boxer.”