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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.


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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

THREE-TIME world super-middleweight champion Carl Froch is preparing for a November fight in the city that brought him his most memorable night in the sport.

The IBF champion will defend the title he won when demolishing Romanian-Canadian Lucian Bute, again in Nottingham.

AMIR Khan has vowed to continue in boxing following a third career defeat on Saturday night, saying he will “bounce back stronger than ever.”

The Bolton light-welterweight had spoken in ambitious terms of moving up a weight class for a potential meeting with pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather.

TYSON Fury completed a lopsided victory over American Vinny Maddalone thanks to a fifth-round TKO as he moved closer to a clash against one of the Klitschko brothers.

Fury used his left jab to great effect against the outworked and outclassed Maddalone, with the shorter man struggling to deal with his opponents’s better reach.


Chad Gaynor with Dave Coldwell

WELTERWEIGHT Chad Gaynor has joined Coldwell Boxing and will debut on the September 28 show headlined by Curtis Woodhouse v Dave Ryan.

The Rotherham boxer (8-0) has put pen to paper on a three-year deal.

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.

THE build-up to one of British boxing’s most anticipated fights in years began today with Ricky Burns and Kevin Mitchell pushing aside their friendship for world title glory.

The bout in Glasgow on September 22 will pit the two best lightweights in the country against each other with Burns’ WBO title at stake.

And while both are open about their friendship, that closeness will be forgotten as the clash nears.

JOHN Simpson proved to be  too strong, too fast and too accurate for Paul Appleby at Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall, and in the process gained a measure of revenge.

Simpson knocked out Appleby in the sixth round of their Celtic super-featherweight contest and had looked on top throughout.

FORMER double world champion Scott Harrison ended a tumultuous six-and-a-half year spell out of the ring with a fourth round stoppage of Hungarian Gyorgy Mizsei Jr.

Harrison, the former WBO featherweight champion, has endured a troubled time since his last fight which included time spent in a Spanish prison.