Archive for July, 2012

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

TONY Bellew returns to the ring for the first time since his knockout victory against Danny McIntosh with a clash against two-time former super-middleweight champion Edison Miranda on September 8.

The Liverpudlian stormed to a fifth-round knockout victory against Norfolk’s McIntosh at his home-city Echo Arena in April, but on the Sky Sports show he will co-headline with the returning Darren Barker at the Alexandra Palace in London.

Dereck Chisora presents the cheque

Following his side-bet with Dave Haye prior to their heavyweight title fight at West Ham United, Dereck Chisora  presented a cheque of £20,000 to the founders of David Haye’s charity of choice, the ACLT (African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust) in Central London.

The donation will go towards supporting the ACLT’s lifesaving work through spreading awareness and increasing the number of ethnic minorities on the UK bone marrow, blood and organ donation registries through national recruitment drives.

After playing such a demanding role in one of British boxing’s most brutal performances this year back in April, Driffield’s Curtis Woodhouse is ready to return to the stage he loves as he aims to return to winning ways on September 28 following his devastating knockout loss to Dale Miles.

After carving out a well-earned reputation as a crowd-pleasing warrior, Woodhouse is desperate to demonstrate his fistic bravado in the higher echelons of the domestic light-welterweight scene but he must get past Derby’s Dave Ryan to fulfil that fight fantasy.

Ray Ginley continued his perfect start to life in the professional ranks with a convincing points win over tough journeyman Jody Meikle in Belfast on Saturday night.

Scunthorpe’s Meikle was dropped in the first, before improving in the fourth and final round to take the Northern Irish light-heavyweight prospect the distance.

Ginley has now won three from three bouts.

Meikle told Lincboxing: “I was rubbish until the fourth round.”

Olympic medallists David Price and Audley Harrison will meet at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on October 13 with the home fighter’s British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles on the line.
Liverpudlian Price won the domestic titles with a devastating win over Sam Sexton in May.

BRADLEY “Super” Skeete believes his precision jabs and rangy shots will prove too much for Chas Symonds in their southern area title clash.

The build-up to their September 14 showdown at Wembley Arena began in earnest when Skeete blasted aside criticism that he did not possess knockout power by disposing of Ross Payne in just 117 seconds, in April.

William Miller, a former trainer at the world-famous Kronk Gym, has died.

He passed away at the age of 87 – following prolonged illness.

He assisted former Lennox Lewis trainer Emanuel Steward in Thomas Hearns’ corner and trained a number of world champions himself.