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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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Charismatic Jody Meikle has begun the war of words with Ray Ginley ahead of their light-heavyweight showdown in Belfast tomorrow evening.

The Scunthorpe journeyman admits he is the overwhelming underdog when he does battle with the Northern Irish prospect, who has won two from two since his arrival on the professional scene.

Unbeaten prospect Carl Frampton will challenge for the European super-bantamweight title when he takes on Kiko Martinez in Belfast, on September 22.

Frampton, dubbed ‘the Jackal’, will put his IBF inter-continental belt on the line against the Spaniard, who has lost twice to Leicester’s Rendall Munroe in the past.

Enzo Maccarinelli has been banned from boxing for six months after testing positive for a banned substance.

Today, the former light-heavyweight world champion gives his side of the story.


George Groves will fight Kenny Anderson at Wembley on September 14 – in a rematch of their 2010 contest.

Groves bounced off the canvas to stop Anderson in the sixth of a thrilling contest two years ago.

Groves faces Mexican Francisco Sierra in California on Saturday week first before topping the Frank Warren Bill later this year.

Brian Magee will fight for the WBA world super-middleweight title on September 22 – at the age of 37.

The Belfast southpaw is the interim champion but has been mandated to face Hungary’s regular champion Karoly Balzay.

Football agent and boxing manager Jonathan Hope has launched a new boxing promotion with glamour model Michelle Thorne.
Hope told Lincboxing:  “I am pleased to announce that I have teamed up with glamour model Michelle Thorne to launch MJTBoxing.
“We have a stable of fighters and we are in the process of official contracts with the fighters and we aim to put on our first show later this year in start for the new season.
“Michelle and I have discussed our plan in depth and we are in this for the long run. We already have sponsors and financial backers in place including ourselves that will attract even more boxers.
“In my opinion boxers don’t earn enough money for their warrior like performances that thrill us all week in and week out. We intend to ensure boxers in our stable get paid to the highest level.
“Boxing is a business. We have stadiums and venues all in place and financially there are no restraints.
“Our office door is open to anyone out there who wants to take their boxing career to the next level.
“We also have a television deal that is almost in place.”
For further details, contact Hope at and go to the MJTBoxing page.

Undefeated Martin Murray admits he is looking for bigger and better fights than Billy Joe Saunders.

Talk among the boxing community is strong that the two middleweights will do battle by the end of the year after the British Board of Boxing ordered purse bids.

Promoter Frank Warren will hold a press conference in London today where exciting news will be announced regarding a host of British boxers.

Details of a big event featuring British and Commonwealth super-middleweight champion George Groves, Commonwealth middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders and unbeaten prospect Frank Buglioni, will be disclosed.


Shane McPhilbin will hope to regain the British cruiserweight title when he fights Jon Lewis Dickinson later this year.

The Nottinghamshire fighter (eight wins, three losses) lost his title under controversial circumstances to Enzo Maccarinelli in March.

The Welshman was floored and in big trouble during the first round before the bell was somehow rung early – saving Maccarinelli from what many at ringside believed would be a shock defeat.

He went on to secure a points win, despite dropping to the canvas for a second time.

With purse bids currently being negotiated, the contest will take place before the end of October this year at a venue yet to be named.

Instead of facing McPhilbin in a rematch, Maccarinelli relinquished the title in favour of a possible world title showdown with WBO champion Nathan Cleverly.

“I felt I was robbed against Enzo and getting a chance to get my title back is what I’ve wanted since that fight,” McPhilbin told Lincboxing.

Dickinson, from County Durham, has a professional record of 11 wins and two defeats. He beat previously unbeaten Matty Askin on points in April.

Former world champion Enzo Maccarinelli has tested positive for a banned substance, according to a national newspaper.
The 31 year-old, who recently vacated his British cruiserweight title after a controversial win over previous champion Shane McPhilbin earlier this year, is facing a ban from boxing as a result.
It is believed the Swansea man was close to sealing a fight with WBO light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly.


Amir Unsworth is fired up and ready to hit big time domestic boxing again.

The tough Sleaford lightweight (13 wins and five defeats) has just begun preparing for the defence of his Midlands Area title against unbeaten prospect and stable-mate Kevin Hooper on October 19.


Glen Johnson has retired from boxing following his 10-round points loss to Andrzej Fonfara in Chicago.

The tough fighter, dubbed Road Warrior, fought the best at light-heavyweight, defeating big names such as Roy Jones and Antonio Tarver in 2004.

Jamaican-born Johnson hangs his gloves up with 51-17-2 record to his name.

Unbeaten Newark lightweight Adam Kettleborough has pulled out of tonight’s fight with County Durham talent Paul Archer, Lincboxing understands.

The 26-year-old (one win, 0 losses) has been suffering from a serious bout of flu for days, including a sinus infection.


Flu: Adam Kettleborough

Paul Archer was set to enter the ring looking to extend his record to five wins from five fights.