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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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

TOMMY Coyle insists he will out-think Kieran Farrell in the battle of Britain’s rising unbeaten lightweights.

The pair will clash for the English title later this year, with the fight out to purse bids.

Their duel will be a fascinating battle of prospects, with Hull’s Coyle (13-0) confident he will out-think the Heywood man, who shares the same fighting record.

LIAM Walsh was unhappy with his performance despite easing to a TKO victory against Domenico Urbano.

The Cromer-based boxer, appearing on the undercard of the controversial David Haye v Dereck Chisora bout at West Ham United’s Upton Park, was far too good for his Italian opponent.

GRAHAM Everett says he will take a risk by cornering his boxer Liam Walsh in tonight’s Dereck Chicora v David Haye show at Upton Park – but hopes British boxing’s internal politics can be resolved.

The Norwich-based trainer will support Cromer-based Walsh, who has not fought since September’s fight of the year victory against Paul Appleby, when he faces Domenico Urbano for the vacant WBO European lightweight title.

Amid threat and counter-threat involving the British Boxing Board of Control, promoter Frank Warren – with whom Walsh is signed – plus the Luxembourg Boxing Federation, who are operating the show, Everett says he would rather the main parties thrash out a compromise. But he concedes that while the conciliation option remains distant, he’ll continue to back his fighter.

“I could lose my manager’s licence and trainer’s licence,” said Everett.

“That is very wrong. Liam Walsh is a full-time professional and this is an absolutely ridiculous situation.

“I have been in the gym seven days a week for God knows how many months, and I need to get paid. I had a show recently (in Norwich) which has been postponed, so I wasn’t paid for that.

“I have no gripe with the BBBofC, but we are contracted to Frank Warren.

“If they had said ‘would Scott Moises or Nathan Dale fight on the show?’ my answer would be no because I daren’t take the risk.

“So I hope and pray that they get their heads together and get a compromise. They should get round a table and discuss their problems and grievances, that’s something that should happen for boxing to move forward.

“We are all better off with boxing under one roof. “

Everett, a BBBofC licence holder since the early 1990s, still has some small criticisms of the board despite backing their jurisdiction.

“They need to be more democratic, a bit more open about how things are done. They need to listen to the licence holders,” he said.

“They have never done me any wrong. But times change.

“Look at the growth of unlicensed and white collar boxing. Most people haven’t got a clue who they are watching, but it’s 14 fights for £20 and they can watch their mates. There is a lot more of this stuff going on.

“Unlicensed stuff is getting big and they haven’t got big overheads. The board need to change with the times.”

AN upbeat Ryan Rhodes insists he can look back on his career with no regrets – but insists no decision has been made yet about his future.

The 35-year-old suffered a TKO defeat to Sergey Rabchenko in an unsuccessful attempt to claim the European light-middleweight title for a second time, falling to a vicious body shot.

A FRUSTRATED Scott Quigg has admitted that the desperate disappointment of his technical draw with Rendall Munroe left him feeling “like I had lost.”

The clash of Britain’s top two super-bantamweights was built up as one of the potential domestic fights of the year.

But following two stanzas which built up huge intrigue for the remainder of the bout, a clash of heads in the third left the Leicester fighter with an ugly gash – forcing the contest to be halted.

ASHLEY Theophane has been offered a fight on American soil in August after admitting he struggled for motivation on the domestic scene.

A surprise defeat to last-minute opponent Darren Hamilton, who stepped in following the withdrawal of original opponent Steve Williams, saw the light-welterweight lose his British title on the undercard of David Price’s victory against Sam Sexton at Aintree on May 19.

And while the 31-year-old maintains that he was the victim of a poor decision, he has no interest in avenging the result – nor, indeed, remaining in UK boxing.

“The domestic scene is not very challenging for me and that is the problem,” said Theophane (31-5).

“Motivation was a problem even when training to fight Lenny Daws. After fighting in America against Demarcus Corley, Danny Garcia and Delvin Rodriguez, (the prospect of) fighting Lenny Daws, Jason Cook and Steve Williams just is not the same.

 “I’m going back to the iInternational scene (and) I’ve been offered a fight in America in August. I prefer to fight abroad and I’ll be looking to go overseas more as that is where my best performances and results have come.”

 Theophane insists the Hamilton fight ought to provoke more far-reaching questions about the sport, with plenty of work to clean up what he believes are a significant amount of problems.

 “I still feel the same about the verdict. I believe I easily won the fight,” he said.

 “Darren Hamilton is the most negative fighter I have ever faced. Brian Coleman was more aggressive than he was.

 “Boxing has had a problem with bad judging this year. Something needs to be done.”

KELL Brook says he will be world champion within the next 12 months as the welterweight prepares to dispatch Carson Jones.

The pair meet on July 7 at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena, the site of Brook’s wide points victory against Matthew Hatton in March’s “War Of The Roses” encounter.

His clash against American Jones could be the final time he competes in the Steel City for some time as he chases world championship glory.

And while a division featuring  Floyd Mayweather, new WBO champion Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao is among the strongest in world boxing, the unbeaten Brook could gain entry into a most exclusive club by challenging IBF titlist Randall Bailey.

Bailey grabbed an unlikely portion of the world title by recording a surprise victory against Mike Jones.

First, he must earn that opportunity by overcoming Carson Jones, who holds a ranking (3) one place higher than Brook despite a less than stellar list of opponents.

That is of little interest to Brook, however, as he plots a path to the sport’s elite.

“The division is over flowing with great talent,” Brook told LincBoxing.  “I know that I’m not just within touching distance now, I am there on the top table.

“A year from now I expect to be a world champion and be in more big fights, but everything I am focused on at the moment is about Carson Jones. He is my biggest fight to date.

“I want whoever is the best out there, to be sharing the ring with these top names constantly.

“Jones is ranked higher than me, he’s been sparring Saul Alvarez at Big Bear, so he’ll be a threat.

“But the Steel City is my home and to be packing my local arena is very special. The atmosphere really helps and I love soaking it all up.”

NATHAN Dale will fight in Norwich for only the second time in 65 outings when boxing returns to his home city on July 7.

The 4-0 prospect from the Graham Everett gym will be among a sizable Norfolk contingent on the undercard of Michael Walsh’s British Masters title bout, with Ryan Walsh and Scott Moises also on the show.

Promoted by Shamrock Boxing and Dennis Hobson, the event at the Norfolk Showground is the first card in the city for more than three years.

Joe Gallagher insists Scott Quigg will need to produce a Rocky Balboa-like performance if he is to overcome the stern challenge of Rendall Munroe at Manchester Velodrome.

Quigg’s trainer has likened Munroe to the famous “hard-as-nails” character Mr T from movie Rocky III.

But Gallagher, who also coaches unbeaten light-heavyweight prospect Callum Johnson, is confident Quigg (24 wins, 0 losses) will match Rocky’s power and spirit in beating Munroe.

KELL Brook believes gym-mate Adam Etches will have no problem recording his ninth successive win on Saturday – thanks to some lucky boots and a spot of fishing.

Etches is scheduled to open up the huge Hatton Promotions “Road To Glory” card, which is headlined by the highly-anticipated Rendall Munroe v Scott Quigg super-bantamweight clash.

The 21-year-old will aim to stretch his unbeaten record against Hungarian foe Ferenc Zold, at the Manchester Velodrome.

ADAM Etches intends to drop more bombs on his latest beleaguered opponent when he appears on the biggest show of his career to date.

The Sheffield middleweight squares off against Hungarian Ferenc Zold on the undercard of the Scott Quigg v Rendall Munroe clash in Manchester this Saturday.

KIERAN FARRELL anticipates a showdown with Tommy Coyle for the English lightweight title – providing he can dispose of Joe Elfidh.

The Coldwell Boxing prospect has motored to a 12-0 record against a string of journeymen but says he’s happy, finally, to be facing an unbeaten fighter with the central area title on the line.

Farrell headlines the Viva Las Vicious show at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton, on June 22 but has already plotted a path to further title glory, predicting that fellow unbeaten Hull  boxer Coyle will claim the English crown when he meets veteran Martin Gethin in his home city on September 29.  That could possibly pave the way for a meeting between two of the division’s rising stars.