‘The Machine’ aims to return to winning ways in Manchester
Anthony Fowler will return to the ring for the first time since his loss to Scott Fitzgerald when he fights on the bumper July 6 card at Manchester Arena, shown live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US.
Fowler endured his first professional defeat at the hands of bitter rival and former GB teammate Fitzgerald at the M&S Bank Arena Liverpool in March after being dropped in the final round en-route to a thrilling split decision loss.
The Liverpudlian looks to get back to winning ways when he fights at Middleweight next month and is already targeting a huge rematch with the ‘Mad Man’ by the end of the year, and ‘The Machine’ hopes that the British title will be on the line this time.
“I’m itching to get back out there,” said Fowler. “I had two weeks off and then I was straight back in the gym. I want that rematch badly. I’m just channelling all of the negative feelings that I’ve got into my training. I knew about this fight 6 weeks out, Dave weighed me and decided that I’ll be fighting at Middleweight. I’m very big for Light-Middle so I’m going to have a trial run at Middleweight and see how I feel. I don’t struggle to make 154lbs, but I’ll look a million dollars in sparring, feel strong and fit, and then on fight night I’ll feel flat. We’ll see how I get on but there’s still massive fights ahead for me at 154lbs.
“I didn’t give Scott the credit he deserved heading into our fight. I genuinely thought it was going to be an easy night. I went into the ring with the mentality that the fight would be easy and I paid the price dearly. It affected me mentally and my performance dropped massively because of that. I should have been more composed and calculated, I went in there trying to knock him out early. The second half of the fight really got to me because of that approach. I won’t be making that mistake again.
“Obviously I just do what I’m told, I’m not the boss, but the ideal scenario for me is to get a good win on July 6 and then fight again at Light-Middleweight against a good opponent. Hopefully Scott will get past Brian Rose and beat Ted Cheeseman for the British title in September. I’d love the rematch in November or December if Scott will give me the opportunity. I hope he wants it too because the fans want it and it will be a decent pay day. The British public want to see it and I think it will definitely happen.”
Fowler returns on a huge night of boxing in Manchester where Lawrence Okolie (12-0, 9 KOs) puts his British and Commonwealth Cruiserweight titles on the line against Jack Massey (16-0, 8 KOs), Scott Fitzgerald (13-0, 9 KOs) defends his WBA International Super-Welterweight title against former World title challenger Brian Rose (31-5-1, 8 KOs) in a huge Preston vs. Blackpool Lancashire derby and Felix Cash (11-0, 7 KOs) defends his Commonwealth Middleweight crown against Bolton’s Jack Cullen (16-1, 7 KOs), with more exciting additions to the card to follow.
HALL OF FAME promoter Frank Warren held a press conference in London today ahead of his blockbuster ‘Heavy Duty’ card at The O2, London on Saturday July 13.
Heading the big night of action live on BT Sport is the vacant British heavyweight title fight between two of the world’s top prospects Daniel Dubois (11-0, 10KO) and Nathan Gorman (16-0, 11KO)In the chief support Joe Joyce (9-0, 9KO) will defend his WBA Gold heavyweight championship against former world title challenger Bryant Jennings (24-3, 14KO)
Here are a selection of quotes from today’s press conference:
FRANK WARREN “We have two real notable, good quality heavyweight fights
“These fights are going to be fireworks. These are big guys, big punchers and we saw at the weekend in Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz when heavyweights let bombs go anything can happen.
“One big punch can change your career, change your life. Go and ask Andy Ruiz.
“The heavyweight landscape hasn’t changed at all after Ruiz’s win. The number one heavyweight in my opinion is Tyson Fury. He beat Deontay Wilder, but they gave a draw.
“Andy Ruiz is game and has got fast hands, but has he the beating of Tyson Fury? I don’t think he has and I’m not sure he has the beating of Wilder.
“The winners of these two fights has the opportunity to become a world champion and will be in the top five.
“Would I be worried put these guys in with Dillian Whyte? I would make the fights in a heartbeat.
“This is Joe’s tenth fight and although he had great amateur experience, this is a big, big test against Bryant who isn’t here to sit down.
“Daniel v Nathan is a pick ‘em and it doesn’t get any better than this fight. They want to go to the next level and one is in the way of the other.
“How many fighters take these risks at this stage of their careers?”
DANIEL DUBOIS “Whatever he (Gorman) has to say or thinks happened in the past when we sparred has no bearing on this and I can’t wait to show what I can do.
“It is completely irrelevant and I have changed a lot as a professional. It has allowed me to breathe as a fighter and understand more about boxing.
“I have got experience now and from the day I started boxing being heavyweight champion of the world was always on my mind.
“I have the advantage over Nathan in speed and power which plays a massive advantage but there is a lot more to me as well.
“I can match any of the fastest heavyweights out there and I am just ready for a fight.
“This fight will add recognition to my name and I can move on. The big goals are within my reach and I’m really excited.
“I didn’t pay too much attention to Joshua v Ruiz as I thought it was a formality for Joshua.”
NATHAN GORMAN “It is a fight I have wanted from the day I turned professional and I am counting down the days.
“I know what kind of fight it is going to be. We know each other inside out and I know what he brings to the table – it is an exciting fight.
“We were on the GB squad together for two to three years. We sparred hundreds of rounds and in each spar we wanted to do damage. I felt I never lost a round sparring him.
“He knows he isn’t faster than me. We will see on the night, but he knows deep down exactly what it is.
“I have the edge in everything he does. I have an answer for everything he does. Daniel is a little stop on my way to a destination.
“Daniel is a good fighter, but my style beats him and I fully believe that.”
JOE JOYCE “The juggernaut is here. I throw a lot of punches, throw punches with force and Bryant is going to get run over.
“I have had a brief look at what he brings and we have started to dissect his performances on where I can capitalise.
“I am superior in stature even if he has a freaky reach. I cannot wait and there are going to be some heavy hits.
“I didn’t see the Ruiz performance coming. I was gonna have money on Joshua round four, but big respect to Ruiz.”
SAM JONES (S-JAM Boxing) “Joe could have easier options, but right now he needs a competitive fight although in my opinion there is only one winner.
“Bryant is always in shape, has a great diet, lives a good life, but that and the six pack cant save him. He will get Falafel wrapped and it will end very badly for him.”
BRYANT JENNINGS “The UK has been one of my homes. I come here often, but this is my first time fighting. I am not here to lay down. I know a win puts me back in the mix.
“I had a fight lined-up for this month, but this offer came and I quickly accepted because it is a high quality fight.
“Do I want a nobody or Joe Joyce? It is high risk and big reward. I am always confident.
“If I didn’t come here with confidence it wouldn’t make a great fight. This is real.
“I saw the Ruiz performance coming because Joshua doesn’t have great defence and I knew the good things Andy can do. He has fast hands, is elusive and deceiving.
“I knew it was the bad style match up for Anthony the way I am for Joe.”
Tickets for ‘Heavy Duty’ featuring Daniel Dubois v Nathan Gorman for the vacant British Heavyweight Title, plus Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce v Bryant Jennings are on sale now.
The show also features British Middleweight Champion Liam Williams, super flyweight sensation Sunny Edwards and super featherweight contender Archie Sharp.
Also returning after an impressive debut is Kent bantamweight Dennis McCann. Hamza Sheeraz, Mark Chamberlain, Jake Pettitt, Louie Lynn, Mickey Burke Jr and Florian Marku add to an exciting line up and tickets are available via AXS.com, Eventim and Ticketmaster and are priced as below:
ARCHIE SHARP WILL make a first defence of his WBO European super featherweight title when he takes on the tough Scot Jordan McCorry at The O2, London on July 13.
The 24-year-old from Welling, 15-0, who memorably defeated Lyon Woodstock last October to win his first title belt, knows he will have to be at his quick-footed best to overcome a challenger who gave British champion Sam Bowen a troublesome night before succumbing to a ninth round TKO in his last fight in March.
“It is a good fight, Jordan McCorry is going to come to beat me and he is going to be fit, strong and ready,” said Sharp on his slot on a blockbuster card headlined by Daniel Dubois and Nathan Gorman battling it out for the British heavyweight title and Joe Joyce coming up against Bryant Jennings.
“I am pretty sure he will be coming to try and rough me up, but we are prepared for all sorts of styles coming our way and I am looking forward to the fight. It will be a good win on the night for me.
“I have watched probably about a minute of his fight against Bowen to see what sort of fighter he is. Of course I would like to do a better job than Bowen because everybody wants to make big statements and I will do what I’ve got to do on the night.
“I think Jordan McCorry is made for a good Archie Sharp to come out and shine. I think you will see a good me and I believe his style will suit me down to a tee.”
For the 28-year-old McCorry, 17-5-1, it will be a case of jumping from one big title fight to another.
“That is why you are in boxing – you want the big fights,” said the native of Cambuslang. “You want to be on the big shows and top bills and this is definitely the case here.
“I think I kind of earned it when I fought Bowen. It was a good fight and I think you will see a better me this time because obviously I have had more time to prepare.
“It could have been a different story against Bowen if the referee had let it go a wee bit more, but sometimes you will get that as the away boxer.
“I definitely take a lot from the fight, I spoke to Bowen after and he is a good guy who I hope goes on to do well, but I think everybody underestimated me and thought I would just fall over.
“People saw what I am all about and they will see more this time,” added the Scot, who believes he is up against a more technical opponent on July 9.
“Sharp is a better boxer, for sure. Bowen is big and strong but Sharp is a better boxer who I rate and he won the ABAs as an amateur, so he has got a good pedigree.
“Although, no disrespect to Lyon Woodstock, but he is the only guy he has fought in a hard fight and he is already talking about world titles on Twitter. I am in front of him now and I showed before that I am no mug and I am there to win the fight and that’s it.
“He needs to get by me first. I just think I will be too big and too strong for him.”
Tickets for ‘Heavy Duty’ featuring Daniel Dubois v Nathan Gorman for the vacant British Heavyweight Title, plus Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce v Bryant Jennings are on sale now. The show also features British Middleweight Champion Liam Williams, super flyweight sensation Sunny Edwards and super featherweight contender Archie Sharp. Also returning after an impressive debut is Kent bantamweight Dennis McCann. Hamza Sheeraz, Mark Chamberlain, Jake Pettitt, Louie Lynn, Mickey Burke Jr and Florian Marku add to an exciting line up and tickets are available via AXS.com, Eventim and Ticketmaster and are priced as below:
Bermondsey warrior makes first defence of British title at York Hall
Ted Cheeseman will make the first defence of his British Super-Welterweight title against Kieron Conway at London’s York Hall on Friday June 21, live in Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US.
Cheeseman (15-1, 9 KOs) worked at a relentless pace to out-fight Asinia Byfield and land the vacant Lord Lonsdale belt at the Copper Box Arena last October before stepping up to challenge EBU European Champion Sergio Garcia in his first ever headline fight at The O2 in February.
The Bermondsey man endured his first professional loss as he failed in his bid to wrestle the European crown from Spain’s Garcia, suffering a wide unanimous points defeat. After a short rest ‘The Big Cheese’ is feeling refreshed and ready to return to winning ways against Northampton’s Conway (12-1, 3 KOs).
“I sparred Conway once a couple of years ago,” said Cheeseman. “He isn’t bad, he’s a good fighter and he’s busy, but he’s very inexperienced. I think he’s only lost one out of thirteen but the maximum he’s done is an eight rounder. Everyone knows that I can do 12 rounds at a very high pace. Even though I got beat and I never looked my best in my last fight, I still stuck it out for the full 12 rounds at a high pace – from the first bell to the last.
“I’ve learnt a lot of things from my first professional defeat and we’ve worked on a lot of things in the gym. Now I know what to do at that level. It’s all about beating Kieron Conway and getting back on a wining run. The first fight is Conway and I’m not looking past him. This is the biggest fight of my career as I’m coming off of a loss. I need to win to get back to where I want to be.”
“I’m massively looking forward to this and I cannot wait,” said Conway. “The British title is the pinnacle of domestic boxing and every British fighter dreams of these opportunities. I’m a beast at Super-Welterweight and it’s important for me to keep my momentum going.
“I really enjoy preparing for fights so it’s great that I’ve got another one so quickly since my last fight. I sparred six rounds with Cheeseman about two years ago, but two weeks can make huge differences in boxing let alone two years, so I can’t really take much from that.
“I’m really excited that it’s live on Sky Sports and DAZN too. It’s a huge platform and hopefully a lot of people will be watching us go at it. Being a British champion has always been a big dream of mine as it would be great for me but also history for my town of Northampton.”
Cheeseman vs. Conway is part of a bumper card in East London, Crystal Palace Light-Heavyweight Craig Richards (14-1, 8 KOs) takes on undefeated former Southern Area champion Andre Sterling (10-0, 4 KOs) in an intriguing all-London Final Eliminator for the prestigious Lord Lonsdale Light-Heavyweight belt, Crowthorne Super-Featherweight Charles Frankham (1-0) looks to make if two wins from two fights, fast-rising Watford Bantamweight talent Shannon Courtenay (2-0) steps up to take part in her first six round contest, former Commonwealth Super-Featherweight champion Reece Bellotti (13-2, 11 KOs) steps through the ropes for the first time since his British title loss to Ryan Walsh and Ohio Lightweight prospect Otha Jones III (1-0) takes part in his second professional contest.
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In just under four weeks time Colchester’s Tommy ‘Sweet T’ Jacobs (10-1-0 5KOs) will be stepping into the ring for the biggest fight of his career, when he challenges World Boxing Union (WBU) Super Middleweight World Champion Nathan ‘The Nightmare’ Decastro (15-0-0 12KOs) for not only his coveted crown but also the World Boxing Foundation (WBF) title, at the Prince’s Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea on Saturday 22nd June 2019.
There’s definitely no love lost between Jacobs, the reigning World Boxing Foundation (WBF) Super Welterweight European and International Champion, and WBU World Champion Decastro, the pair have been exchanging a venomous war of words on social media for about a year or so, which initially appeared to be just a case of mutual dislike and highly unlikely to be settled in the ring, due to two weight categories separating them.
However thoughts that the vicious exchange would never lead to a showdown were thoroughly dismissed back in February this year, when Jacobs announced that he would face undefeated Liverpool hard-man Scott ‘Mad Dog’ McIntyre in a six round contest at Super Middleweight on March 9th.
A crazy fight to take most thought at the time, not just because McIntyre was an unbeaten, highly aggressive fighter with a devastating right hand, but mainly because Jacobs had spent the past year securing the WBF European and then International titles in order to secure a challenge for the WBF Super Welterweight World Crown at the first opportunity.
Whilst clearly a dangerous move, for his Super Welterweight World Championship aspirations if he failed to secure the win, Jacobs wanted the test as McIntyre’s approach and style has been favourably compared to that of Decastro.
In the end it turned out to be very good move for Jacobs, as the Colchester man’s preparations and tactics were spot on, so much so he dominated the contest to secure a solid points win.
Then post fight Jacobs immediately stepped up his campaign on social media calling for Decastro to fight him next, should the Bardney, Lincolnshire man beat Daniel Adjei Sowah and secure the WBU crown on April 27th.
Jacobs kept up the pressure throughout the build up to the Decastro-Sowah title clash and even went as far as not only being ringside on the night, but actually assisting Sowah’s team in the corner.
No surprise then, that in the post victory interviews a mightily angry Decastro more or less ignored talking about his latest stoppage win, or come to that him now being World Champion, instead choosing to make an vitriolic statement making it clear he was sick and tired of Jacobs and his comments which culminated in the announcement that he had decided to undertake a voluntary defence against Jacobs on the earliest possibly occasion to settle matters for once and for all.
Within days terms were agreed and the official announcement made that Decastro would defend his recently won World Crown against Jacobs on June 22nd.
Speaking from his home earlier Jacobs said;
“This is a Massive fight for me, one I fully intend to win.
“I remember on my debut Nathan was on the same bill against Amedor from Ghana who had very impressive 8-0 (7KOs) record versus Nathan’s 6-0 (4KOs) at the time.
“I didn’t know their respective records at the time but I watched the fight and thought it was just two novices going at it as the winner DeCastro was incredibly dirty, hitting low an awful lot and they were just toe to toe scrapping.
“That was my first sight of Decastro and obviously I boxed the same opponent, at Middleweight, next and stopped him a round earlier with relative ease and really wasn’t impressed with the African.
“As both our careers have developed I’ve chosen to have real fights with a real risk element whereas DeCastro has chosen to box Africans and Eastern European’s.
“I do not consider myself a puncher but I feel if I’d have had the same opponents I’d be 15-0 (15 KOs).
“This is a massive risky fight for me not only taking on someone who’s a current world champion with a very impressive record but stepping up two weight categories against someone who by all accounts is supposed to be a massive puncher!
“But it’s also a risky fight for him as I don’t believe he’s been in the ring with anyone close to my level as a pro and that’s going to be daunting.
“When we meet in the ring and he lands a shot and I’m still there and not rolling over I know that’s going to play massively on him psychologically, and then when I hit him back and he feels someone actually coming to beat him with meaningful shots and willingness to win that’s also going to play on his mind.
“However the fight goes and I have my own view on what will happen, it’s going to be Nathan Decastro’s first real fight and first time we see him pushed.
“I’ve been pushed many times in my career and in each case I admit it was all my own fault, either a poor weight cut or lack of training but the difference is, so it’s not unchartered territory for me, I know when times are hard I can bite down on my gum-shield and go into the trenches, we’ve never seen this from Nathan as yet and I think that’s the major difference.”
Nathan Decastro versus Tommy Jacobs for the World Boxing Union (WBU) and World Boxing Foundation Super Middleweight Championships that headlines the event at the Prince’s Theatre in Clacton-on-Sea on Saturday 22nd June 2019
Supporting the Decastro-Jacobs WBU/WBF World title fight are two further Championship bouts.
The first sees Scotland’s Ben McGivern in battle once more against Hove, Sussex’s Navid Iran, for the vacant World Boxing Union (WBU) International Light Heavyweight Championship.
Last time the pair locked horns, back in November last year, McGivern lifted the vacant Professional Boxing Council (PBC) International Light Heavyweight title after eight sensational, close fought, all action rounds.
The second Championship fight pits St Albans’ Andy Hojdys against Latvia’s Dmitrijs Ovjannikovs for both the World Boxing League (WBL) International and European Boxing League (EBL) European Light Heavyweight titles.
In addition to the three Championship contests, there are also a number of International matches. The first of these will be an eight round non-championship bout featuring Tanzania’s Amos Mwamakula against a yet to be named opponent, following a request from his previously contracted opponent World Boxing Council (WBC) Asia Champion Neeraj Goyat that he be released from the contract in order to fight Amir Khan for the World Boxing Council (WBC) Pearl Championship in Saudi Arabia on the 12th July, which was agreed.
Ipswich’s unbeaten Super Middleweight prospect Rob Elden looks to keep a clean sheet and extend his tally of wins when he faces the highly experienced Nicaraguan hardpan Ronny McField in a six rounder.
Clacton-on-Sea’s undefeated Featherweight Ben ‘The Claxican’ Cook also seeks to increase his win tally, when he faces Pablo Narvaez, who also hails from Nicaragua, in a four rounder.
The final Pro bout features Dean Porter, who is eager to get back to winning ways, following his loss to Jack Jones last month.
Porter also faces a Nicaraguan, in this case former International Boxing Organisation (IBO) and World Boxing Council (WBC) Youth World Title challenger Michael Isaac Carreo in a four round non-championship contest.
Nathan Decastro versus Tommy Jacobs for the World Boxing Union (WBU) and World Boxing Foundation Super Middleweight Championships headlines at the Prince’s Theatre, Town Hall, Station Road,, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1SE on Saturday 22nd June 2019.
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