Boxing – Sam Bowen v Anthony Cacace Press Conference – St Andrew’s, Birmingham, Britain – October 21, 2019 Lerrone Richards and Lennox Clarke pose for a photo at the press conference ahead of their fight Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

LENNOX CLARKE IS promising to ‘steamroller’ Lerrone Richards when the pair meet at Arena, Birmingham on November 30 with the British and Commonwealth titles at stake.
The unbeaten super middleweight from Halesowen knows that Richards, who holds a perfect record, prefers to turn boxing into an art form and picks his shots with mesmeric precision.
The Commonwealth champion has, however, been accused in some quarters of occasionally enjoying his own work a little too much during fights, preferring to dominate opponents over the distance instead of making a statement with an early finish.
Clarke insists he will be afforded no such luxury when he ventures onto enemy territory at the end of November.
“He is not going to enjoy it with me,” growled the 28-year-old. “He is not going to be able to because I know what he is going to bring. He is a boxer who tends to frustrate a lot of opponents with his movement, but I am prepared for everything he is going to come with.
“I will bring my A-game and I believe I am going to get the win.
“Lerrone is a boxer-mover and not a puncher. I am going to steamroller him and bring it to him, that is what our game plan is.
“I can’t let him do what he needs to do because he is very good at that. He is a very good fighter and our job is to stop him being good.”
Clarke has had to bide his time when it comes to competing for major domestic titles and was originally left in the waiting room following his nomination to challenge for the English title against Darryll Williams in a fight that never happened.
He now gets to fight for a bigger prize and he views it as a perfect storm with the opportunity coming on a show in his home city in front of his band of followers.
“Yeah I’ve had setbacks but this is what is going to bring me back on to the big stage now. I’m ready, I’m more than ready and I’ve been ready for a few years.
“Things happened with dates against Williams and then last time I pulled out because I wasn’t well. It was just one of those things that wasn’t meant to be, but I was fully confident in smashing him up. He would have been an easier fight than Lerrone.
“The first perfect scenario now is me knocking him out in the first round, which would be perfect.
“This is the biggest stage I will have been on, it is in my home city and for the biggest titles I’ve challenged for,” added Clarke, who rejects the notion that boxing in Birmingham is a tough sell for boxing and says his fans will come out in numbers on the night.
“My fans will, one hundred per cent. I do well and that is why we are boxing up here because Lerrone couldn’t sell out a phone box in London. This is why he is boxing up here because I’ve got a lot of followers.”
Lerrone Richards v Lennox Clarke for the Commonwealth and vacant British super middleweight belts features on a stacked night of title action at Arena, Birmingham on November 30. WBO world bantamweight champion Zolani Tete defends his title against mandatory challenger John Riel Casimero, British super featherweight champion Sam Bowen defends his belt against Anthony Cacace and British and Commonwealth welterweight champion Chris Jenkins makes a defence against Liam Taylor.
Sam Maxwell defends his WBO European super lightweight title against the also unbeaten Connor Parker from Derbyshire, while Hamzah Sheeraz gets his first title fight.
Thrilling prospects Dennis McCann, Shabaz Masoud, Eithan James and George Davey also feature on the bill, along with talents from the local region in Nathan Heaney and River Wilson-Bent.
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‘The Tarton Tornado’ prepared for “dog fight” with Prograis
Josh Taylor has warned Regis Prograis against turning their highly-anticipated World Boxing Super Series Ali Trophy Final into a “dog fight” and insists that he possesses the power to knock his opponent “spark out” should the chance present itself.

The fierce Super-Lightweight rivals are days away from locking horns at The O2 in London in a fascinating match-up of two unbeaten southpaws with the WBA and IBF World titles also on the line, shown live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the US. 

Proud Scotsman Taylor is oozing confidence ahead of his biggest fight to date against American foe Prograis in what will be the first defence of the IBF crown that he ripped from heavy-handed slugger Ivan Baranchyk at the The SSE Hydro in Glasgow earlier this year. 

“The two best lads in the division are going for it,” said Taylor. “We are both undefeated, we are both hungry, both hungry for more success so it’s going to be a real interesting fight. I’m all about my speed, reactions and timing. 

“My footwork is very good. I can offset you with feints and timing, but I punch real hard as well for someone of my size. I wouldn’t say I was a concussive, one-punch knockout artist, but I know if I hit you, you’re either going down or you’re going to be hurt and in trouble. So, I definitely think I can do a bit of everything.
“We’ll just have to wait and see how he comes out when that first bell rings. We can predict how he is going to fight and things like that, but you never know until that bell rings. It might be a skillful match throughout the entire fight, or we could just lock horns and fight, or a bit of both. You never know.
“I’m very confident that I can outbox him and outfight him as well. I can’t see anything other than a Josh Taylor win. If he tries to make it a ‘dog fight’, tries to walk me down and drag me into a fight, he is getting chinned. I will knock him spark out!”Prograis vs. Taylor tops a huge night of action in London. 

Liverpool Heavyweight fan favourite David Price (25-6, 20 KOs) steps in to face Derek Chisora (31-9, 22 KOs) in a huge all-British clash, three weight World Champion Ricky Burns (43-7-1, 16 KOs) tackles former IBF Lightweight ruler Lee Selby (27-2, 9 KOs) in an intriguing match-up at 135lbs, Yves Ngbu (20-0, 14 KOs) makes the third defence of his EBU European Cruiserweight title against Lawrence Okolie (13-0, 10 KOs), Conor Benn (15-0, 10 KOs) defends his WBA Continental Welterweight title against late replacement Steve Jamoye (26-7-2, 5 KOs), German Super-Middleweight talent Denis Radovan (12-0-1, 5 KOs) meets former Commonwealth Champion Luke Blackledge (26-8-2, 9 KOs), Watford Bantamweight prospect Shannon Courtenay (3-0, 1 KO) aims to go 4-0, Houston Middleweight talent Austin Williams (3-0, 3 KOs) fights in the UK for the first time and Berlin’s Abass Baraou (7-0, 4 KOs) takes on John O’Donnell (33-2, 11 KOs) for the WBC International Super-Welterweight title.

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European champ aims to inflict first defeat on ‘The Sauce’
Reigning EBU European Cruiserweight Champion Yves Ngabu believes that he will have too much in his arsenal for his latest challenger Lawrence Okolie as they prepare to clash on the huge Regis Prograis vs. Josh Taylor card at The O2 in London this Saturday, shown live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the US. 

Hailing from the suburbs of Roeselare in the Flemish province of West Flanders, Belgium, but fighting out of the world-famous Wincobank gym in Sheffield under the guidance of Dominic Ingle, Ngabu is primed to make the third defence of his European crown against British and Commonwealth champ Okolie.

Ngabu captured the coveted European title in 2017 as he sent opponent Tamas Lodi of Hungary to the canvas in round four, and moments later scored a stoppage in what would become a momentous night in the history of Belgian boxing.In his maiden defence Ngabu halted Geoffrey Battelo in three rounds in January 2018 but was forced to travel the full 12 rounds by Micki Nielsen in his last defence in February this year. 

The 30-year-old arrives in London sporting an impressive looking 20-0 record, with 14 of those wins coming via KO or stoppage, and he plans to inflict the first defeat on the record of rising star Okolie.“He has good power and a long reach but I feel like I have much more than him in my arsenal”, said Ngabu. “I know how Lawrence fights. People say he holds a lot but I know that and I have prepared for him on the inside. This is my time.

“I can adapt to every style. I can fight, I can punch and I can take punches too. I’m ready and I have done everything that I could have done to prepare for this fight. I have a great trainer in Dominic Ingle and I’m going to win this fight no matter what. 

“I have fought guys with a bigger punch than him, I’ve fought guys who are more experienced than him so I am more than ready for Lawrence Okolie. He’s the best in his weight in the UK but he hasn’t made the jump to European level yet. This is his test.“When I first came to this country my mission was to get a top trainer and then to win my fights,” added Ngabu. “I come from a small country where the sport is not famous, not big.  So these are the things I need to do to show me to the world and what I can do.“The British fans are the best in the world but I’m focused only on my job. I want to reach the top and to do that I need to beat Lawerence Okolie. I know he is the best Cruiserweight in the U.K, that is why I have to fight him to get him out of my way. I’m ready to go!”Okolie vs. Ngabu is part of a huge night of action in London. 

Main event sees WBA Super-Lightweight Champion Regis Prograis (24-0, 20 KOs) and IBF Super-Lightweight Champion Josh Taylor (15-0, 13 KOs) square off for the World Boxing Super Series Ali Trophy, Liverpool Heavyweight fan favourite David Price (25-6, 20 KOs) steps in to face Derek Chisora (31-9, 22 KOs) in a huge all-British clash, three weight World Champion Ricky Burns (43-7-1, 16 KOs) tackles former IBF Lightweight ruler Lee Selby (27-2, 9 KOs) in an intriguing match-up at 135lbs, Conor Benn (15-0, 10 KOs) defends his WBA Continental Welterweight title against Steve Jamoye (26-7-2, 5 KOs), German Super-Middleweight talent Denis Radovan (12-0-1, 5 KOs) meets former Commonwealth Champion Luke Blackledge (26-8-2, 9 KOs), Watford Bantamweight prospect Shannon Courtenay (3-0, 1 KO) aims to go 4-0, Houston Middleweight talent Austin Williams (3-0, 3 KOs) fights in the UK for the first time and Berlin’s Abass Baraou(7-0, 4 KOs) takes on John O’Donnell (33-2, 11 KOs) for the WBC International Super-Welterweight title.
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Manchester legend ready for ‘the final one’
Anthony Crolla will face Frank Urquiaga for the WBA Continental Lightweight title in his farewell fight at Manchester Arena on Saturday November 2, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US. 

Former Lightweight World Champion Crolla (34-7-3, 13 KOs) fittingly returns to the scene of his greatest triumph to call the curtains on a memorable career after challenging pound-for-pound star Vasiliy Lomachenko for the WBA and WBO Lightweight titles in Los Angeles earlier this year. 
The Mancunian hero won the WBA Lightweight crown against Darleys Perez on a hugely emotional evening at Manchester Arena in November 2015 and successfully defended his title against Ismael Barroso at the same venue the following year. 

‘Million Dollar’ made his professional debut at Manchester Arena – then MEN Arena – back in 2006, outpointing Abdul Rashid. In a professional career spanning over 13 years Crolla has fought at the iconic North West venue a total of 13 times, and he is ready to say an emotional goodbye to his legion of fans next week.

“This is it, the final one,” said Crolla. “I’ve had so many great nights at the arena down the years, so I’m pleased to be finishing where it all started.

“Urquiaga knows this is his golden chance, a win against me and he throws his name further into the mix. I can’t let the emotions get to me, I’ve got a job to do first and foremost – I want to bow out with a win. 

“The support and atmosphere has always been special at the arena, I’m forever thankful. I’m determined to put on a show for one last time.”

“It’s a great honour to fight a warrior like Anthony Crolla in his last fight,” said Urquiaga. “Of course, it is a great opportunity for me to win and make a big step to the next level, where there are a lot of good British fighters such as Luke Campbell, Joe Cordina, Lee Selby and Ricky Burns. I’m working hard for this opportunity, I know that British fans are unbelievable, and I want to give them an unbelievable fight.”

“This is going to be a special moment for Anthony, Manchester and British Boxing,” said Eddie Hearn “Anthony has been one of the great success stories and the experiences he has given us all in that arena are ones we will never forget.

“It’s always difficult choosing the right time to walk away, especially when, as he has this camp, you are looking and feeling so good! We have had some long chats about the decision and this is it, all the effort and emotion into one last dance and one last title at his spiritual home.”

Crolla vs. Urquiaga is part of a huge night of action in Manchester. 

Main event sees Irish star Katie Taylor (14-0, 6 KOs) attempt to create history by becoming a two-weight World Champion as she takes on Christina Linardatou (12-1, 6 KOs) for the WBO Super-Lightweight World title, Joshua Buatsi (12-0, 10 KOs) steps up again to take on another former World title challenger in Blake Caparello (30-3-1, 13 KOs), Felix Cash (11-0, 7 KOs) defends his Commonwealth Middleweight title against English Champion Jack Cullen (17-1, 8 KOs), Qais Ashfaq (7-0, 3 KOs) fights for his first pro title as he meets Joe Ham (16-1, 6 KOs)fortheWBA Continental Super-Bantamweight crown, recent Matchroom Boxing signing Terri Harper (8-0, 5 KOs) makes the first defence of her IBO World title against Vivian Obenauf (14-5, 7 KOs)and there’s also action for Sheffield Super-Lightweight Dalton Smith (3-0, 2 KOs), Birmingham Featherweight Gamal Yafai (16-1, 9 KOs), along with the professional debut of Leeds amateur standout Hopey Price.
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FRANK WARREN’S Queensberry Promotions held a press conference today to officially launch their “Midlands Mayhem’ card featuring six title fights at Arena Birmingham on Saturday November 30, live on BT Sport.

Photos from today’s press conference are available via the below link and should be credited to Action Images/Reuters.

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Ibstock’s Sam Bowen (15-0, 11KOs) will be well supported when he defends his British Super-Featherweight crown against Belfast’s Anthony Cacace (17-1, 7KOs).

Lerrone Richards (12-0, 3KOs) will make the first defence of his Commonwealth Super-Middleweight title and the vacant British championship is on the line when he meets local boxer Lennox Clarke (19-0-1, 7KOs).

Brilliant South African Zolani Tete (28-3, 21KOs) makes the fourth defence of his WBO World Bantamweight title against Filipino Interim champion John Riel Casimero (28-4, 19KOs).

Swansea’s Chris Jenkins (22-3-2, 8 KOs) risks his British Welterweight championship against mandatory challenger Liam Taylor (21-1, 10 KOs).

Liverpool’s Sam Maxwell (12-0, 10 KOs) defends his WBO European Super-Lightweight championship against Derbyshire’s Connor Parker (12-0, 1KO).Hamzah Sheeraz (9-0, 5KOs) will also be involved in his first title fight.

The undercard features bantamweight starlet Dennis McCann (4-0, 3KOs), Eithan James (1-0), Shabaz Masoud (6-0, 1KO), George Davey (1-0), Nathan Heaney (8-0, 2KOs), Ryan Kelly (14-2, 7KOs) and River Wilson-Bent (5-0, 2KOs)

Here are a selection of quotes from the presser staged at Birmingham City FC.

“I went to watch Anthony when he boxed Martin J Ward because I thought we would meet sooner. He is a good lad and nobody can say I am fighting someone rubbish. I am excited for this one. I want to be busier, but I’ve been injured. If I had boxed Anthony when I was injured in August he would have beaten me. There are a lot of good fights in the super-featherweight division, but I am only bothered about Anthony.”

“This fight was meant to happen twice before and now it is happening. I know he is a good fighter and what he brings to the table. Sam is a hard man, but I can box southpaw or orthodox, move and fight. Can he do that?

“It is never going to be an easy fight for a British title and you have to find that little bit more to win it and I am expecting a tough fight. I give myself a C-minus for my performance against Tommy Langford, but you will see what I can do next month. Lennox can box a bit and fight. I respect him as a fighter and he will bring his A game.”

“Lerrone is a good boxer and I know what he is going to bring. We are six weeks out and I’ll be more than ready. Technically is he a good boxer, but I won’t allow him to do what he wants. I do a lot of tickets. That is why it is in Birmingham and hopefully I get a result. This is a massive opportunity and my chance to make a statement.”

“A lot of my recent success is down to my trainer, Gary Lockett. He is more than a coach but also a mentor and friend. I do get cut often, but I just get on with it and don’t panic. I just think, ‘stitches again, here we go.’ I know this will be a hard fight and I have been in camp for two weeks. I am a British level fighter so to win a Lonsdale belt outright is my world title. I need two more defences.”

“I’ve been waiting a long tome for this. I’ve been a professional for eight years and this is what I’ve trained for. Chris is a good boxer, skilled and doesn’t have many faults, but that is what you want for a British title challenge. Winning a Lonsdale belt would be special. The British title was my goal when I turned professional.”

“I got the exposure in my last fight with the KO going viral and people can relate to it. BT Sport still show it and long may it continue. Connor hasn’t lost a round so far and he is a good tidy boxer so I will have to be at my best. Connor doesn’t know how to lose and we will give it our all.”

“It is fights like this why I box and I cannot wait. Beating Kevin Hooper was big, but this is more. I can hit harder than my record suggests.  Sam is really good and he will bring the best out of me. Last time there may have been a blueprint to beat Sam, but it may have been an off night for him until the knockout.”

“I am looking forward to fighting on a bill of this magnitude and winning my first title fight. I am heading in the right direction and this fight will be my breakout performance. In two to three years I want to be knocking on the door for world titles.”

“It looks like everybody got a buzz off my last performance. I have always known I was good and I want to show people what I’m about. I have a lot of family in Birmingham and there will be a big turnout.”

“I have been boxing since I was five years old and love boxing. I’m a traveller and lived in Birmingham for a while but would still travel to London three times a week for training at Repton. It has been going to plan and I should be stopping the opponents I have. That will continue when I step up.”

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London star vows to rip European title from undefeated Champion
Lawrence Okolie can take another step towards a World title when he challenges dangerous EBU European Champion Yves Ngabu at The O2 in London this Saturday, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the US. 

The unbeaten 26-year-old Londoner has proved himself the dominant force on the domestic Cruiserweight scene in the last two years and now he plans to reign supreme in Europe when he meets the toughest test of his career in Belgium’s Ngabu.Ngabu, trained by Dominic Ingle at the world-famous Wincobank gym in Sheffield, could be considered a big step up in class for Okolie, however, the 6’5” British and Commonwealth Champion is supremely confident of ripping the belt from the undefeated visitor in impressive style.“I’ll stop him,” said Okolie without hesitation when asked about his thoughts on the fight. “Don’t get me wrong, he’s a good fighter with good footwork and he believes in his power. He will come to have a fight but I’ll take his title away from him.

“It’s more about the belt. I don’t know him or care about him as a person. He’s got something that I want in the European title. I want to have won the British, Commonwealth and European titles within 14 fights. He’s highly-ranked and undefeated too so it’ll be a good string to my bow. 

“He’s 20-0 with 14 knockouts, he’s a solid opponent. He hasn’t really boxed too many top level opponents. This is a good step-up and I’d like one more before I start challenging for World titles. It’s an interesting time in the Cruiserweight division where belts are free and there’s new guys coming through.”

Okolie vs. Ngabu is part of a huge night of action in London. 

Main event sees WBA Super-Lightweight Champion Regis Prograis (24-0, 20 KOs) and IBF Super-Lightweight Champion Josh Taylor (15-0, 13 KOs) square off for the World Boxing Super Series Ali Trophy, Liverpool Heavyweight fan favourite David Price (25-6, 20 KOs) steps in to face Derek Chisora (31-9, 22 KOs) in a huge all-British clash, three weight World Champion Ricky Burns (43-7-1, 16 KOs) tackles former IBF Lightweight ruler Lee Selby (27-2, 9 KOs) in an intriguing match-up at 135lbs, Conor Benn (15-0, 10 KOs) defends his WBA Continental Welterweight title against Laszlo Toth (28-5-1, 19 KOs), German Super-Middleweight talent Denis Radovan (12-0-1, 5 KOs) meets former Commonwealth Champion Luke Blackledge (26-8-2, 9 KOs), Watford Bantamweight prospect Shannon Courtenay (3-0, 1 KO) aims to go 4-0, Houston Middleweight talent Austin Williams (3-0, 3 KOs) fights in the UK for the first time and Berlin’s Abass Baraou(7-0, 4 KOs) takes on John O’Donnell (33-2, 11 KOs) for the WBC International Super-Welterweight title.

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FORMER TWO-WEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION Carl “The Jackal” Frampton makes his long awaited return on November 30th at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, live on BT Sport.

The fighting pride of Belfast will take on the unbeaten Tyler “The Golden Child” McCreary in a 10-round super featherweight contest (128lbs catchweight).

Frampton will act as co-feature with former featherweight world champion Oscar Valdez who will make his super featherweight debut in a 10-rounder against former world title challenger Andres “Jaguarcito” Gutierrez.

Frampton (26-2, 15 KOs), a former super bantamweight and featherweight world champion, is ready to make his 2019 debut. He last fought December 2018 in Manchester, losing by unanimous decision to IBF world champion Josh Warrington in a Fight of the Year contender.

He was scheduled to fight August 10 in Philadelphia against Emmanuel Dominguez but was forced to drop out the week of the fight after a concrete pillar fell on his hand at the fight hotel.

Frampton is making his first appearance in Las Vegas since January 2017, when thousands of Northern Irish fans made the trip across the pond for his rematch against Leo Santa Cruz. One of his country’s most decorated fighters, Frampton holds victories over Santa Cruz, Quigg, Nonito Donaire and Kiko Martinez.

McCreary (16-0-1, 7 KOs), from Toledo, Ohio, is a five-year pro who, at 26 years of age, is entering the prime of his career. In his last fight, July 19 in Oxon Hill, Maryland, he overcame a stiff challenge from Jessie Cris Rosales to prevail via eight-round split decision. In search of a signature win, McCreary will take a quantum leap in class, but he is confident that his youth and athleticism will prevail.

“I’m delighted we’ve got Carl out again before the end of the year,” said Frank Warren, Frampton’s co-promoter. “He had a tough time of it in August with the freak injury, which meant he couldn’t fight as planned. In this fight against McCreary, I believe Carl will prove that he is still an elite fighter and will be fighting for world titles again before long.”

“I’m delighted to be making a comeback after what has been a horrific year in my career,” Frampton said. “I didn’t get the Top Rank deal off to an ideal start, but coming back in Vegas is great for me, especially against a really strong opponent. It needed to be someone who would test me.

“McCreary is a quality opponent, but if I want to be competing against the top guys in the world, which I believe I can, then I need to be beating guys like him and doing it in style.”

“This a tremendous super featherweight doubleheader, and both Valdez and Frampton have their hands full against tough opponents,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “If Valdez and Frampton win, world title opportunities await them in 2020.”

“It’s a big step up for me, but I feel that I’m ready for it,” McCreary said. “It’s an opportunity I couldn’t turn down, and I feel that every fight is a risk. This is one where, if anything, I would love to risk my undefeated record against a fighter like Frampton. A win here means a world title shot next.

“I was in the gym training for my October 26 fight and my trainer {Lamar Wright} said we got a call that Carl Frampton was looking for a fight. They didn’t have anyone, and I said, ‘I’ll take it.’ I didn’t hesitate.”

The show will be televised in the UK live on BT Sport.

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Mason Cartwright is promising he will pick up his first title this Saturday (October 19) before moving onto a big fight with the likes of Conor Benn in 2020.

The 27-year-old gets home billing, headlining at the Sports Village in Ellesmere Port, and takes on Midlander Danny Ball for the vacant World Boxing Council International Silver Welterweight Title, with the action shown live and FREE onvipboxing.tv

Cartwright’s aggressive, come-forward style has made him a firm fan-favourite, not least when he suffered his only loss to Darren Tetley last May.  The pair slugged it out at Elland Road on the undercard of Josh Warrington’s win over Lee Selby, with Cartwright ahead on the cards but stopped in the ninth round after suffering a truly gruesome cut on his lip.  Since then, ‘Nutty’ has picked up a couple of low-level wins, to take his ledger to 15-1-1 (5).  

Ball enters the contest with the confidence of a fighter who has never tasted defeat.  Danny, 23, turned pro in July 2017, racing to eight wins, with three KOs, before drawing with Kaisee Benjamin in March for the Midlands Area Welterweight belt.  

Ahead of his bill-topping appearance, Cartwright says he has learned from the Tetley reverse and is predicting a toe-to-toe battle with Ball ahead of their encounter. 

“The Tetley loss was a big learning curve,” explained Mason.  “It was a fight I was winning on the cards, and with the cut I don’t really see it as a loss.  There was no way he was going to be able to stop me, so in my head I won that fight.  There were a few things I needed to change, I was too gung-ho early on. It was my first ten rounder though, and my first fight under the spotlight.  I’ll keep my explosiveness, but just taper it a bit, and use it at the right time, instead of going all-out.

“I’ve seen bits of Danny on YouTube, and he’s a come-forward fighter.  So, it’s got all the makings of a great fight because, as everyone knows, I’m a pressure fighter.  I’m looking forward to it; it should be a real ding-dong.  He likes to come forward and be the dominant fighter, but I won’t be letting him push me back, and I don’t box on the back foot.  I know how strong I am and I’m ready.

“When Steve [Wood] told me I’d be boxing in Ellesmere Port, I was buzzing anyway, but to be told it was for a WBC Title, it’s amazing.  My fans are always travelling to watch me, so to have a great fight on their doorstep is perfect.  When I win the belt, I’ll be celebrating with everyone and getting them all in for a picture with the belt!

“Next year, after I win this belt, I’ll fight anyone for a title.  We’ve offered Conor Benn a fight and he’s not taken it, we’ve asked for the Tetley fight again and he’s not taken it.  People don’t want to take a fight for a lot of risk with little reward, but when I win this belt then people might start accepting and it will open up a few doors for me.

“Conor Benn is a great fighter, he’s explosive and exciting to watch, and is the same kind of fighter as me.  He’s just one of the names I could mention that would be an amazing fight to watch against myself.  I want anyone that will push my career on, but boxing is a spectator sport and I’m happy to fight anyone who will put on a good show with me.”

“There’s no doubt this is going to be a cracking fight for the fans,” said promoter, Steve Wood.  “Mason doesn’t take a backwards step, and is always in a great scrap.  And Danny has a similar style, so they won’t need to go looking for each other.  It’s another really exciting headline fight we’re putting on for the fans in the venue, and for our ever-growing audience on vipboxing.tv.”

Chief support on the show is another local fighter, Matty Fagin, who will be having his first outing in a year.  Also appearing will be Birkenhead’s Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd, who needs a good win to set up a November title fight with Liverpool’s Tom Farrell.  Southport’s Jake Barton will box after a lengthy lay off, and heavyweight, Kamil Sokolowski, has also been added to the card.

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The first Heavyweight World Title fight in the Middle East, Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua 2, will take place in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Diriyah New tourism visas launched by the Kingdom mean it has never been easier for boxing fans to flock to the fight to support their heroes as the countdown to tickets going on sale begins
Boxing fans from around the world can flock to the biggest fight of the year – the Clash on the Dunes in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia – to support their heroes Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua after the Kingdom launched new super-fast tourist visas.

On December 7, in the UNESCO heritage site of Diriyah – known as the land of kings and heroes – Anthony ‘AJ’ Joshua will attempt to recapture belts taken from him by Andy ‘Destroyer’ Ruiz Jr in Diriyah Arena, a purpose-built arena for 15,000 fans on the night.

Tickets for this incredible showdown go on sale this Sunday, October 13, at 9pm KSA time (10pm in UAE, 7pm in the UK and 2pm US) and are available at www.diriyahseason.sa.

It will be the first-ever World Heavyweight Title fight ever to be staged in the Middle East and forms part of the month-long ‘Diriyah Season’, a spectacular season of world-class sport, global entertainment, and culture,  officially launched on Sunday night at a glittering ceremony in the ancient city, the birthplace of modern Saudi Arabia on the outskirts of Riyadh.

This follows the announcement in recent days that travelers from 49 countries across the world can now secure 90 day tourist visas online in just seven minutes to attend the festival. For more information got to visa.visitsaudi.com.

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn said: “This is the biggest boxing match on the planet, and it will be taking place in one of the most unique venues ever.

“We already know there is a great passion for boxing in the Kingdom, but AJ and Andy will want their fans to come and support them, from across the region and from the UK and the US and Mexico.

“It’s great news that these tourism visas have been launched, that’s a big step forward for the country and it means that boxing fans wherever they are can come witness an unmissable night. This fight will go down in history as one of the greats.”

Due to the unique venue, being staged outside of the UK or the US, the fight has already seen parallels drawn in the media to some of the most iconic fights in history, such as Muhammad Ali’s fights against George Foreman – “the Rumble in the Jungle” – and Joe Frazier – the “Thrilla in Manila”.

Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki AlFaisal Al Saud, Chairman of the GSA, said: “We have already seen the energy created by boxing when we staged the World Boxing Super Series match last year, this landmark moment – the first World Heavyweight Title fight in the Middle East – now takes that excitement to a whole new level.

“Athletes and audiences can expect to be knocked out by the passionate reception this event will enjoy in the Kingdom, and now, with the launch of tourism visas for 49 countries, it has never been easier for fans from around the world to come be part of history.”

HH Prince Khaled bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Chairman of SCEE, said: “This is a historic moment for Saudi Arabia welcoming the first World Heavyweight Championship. As a nation we have started to pave the way for becoming a global player in the sports and entertainment industry and we have witnessed a real appetite for the boxing sport.

“This is the biggest boxing fight that has taken place in the region to date and we are bringing it to Saudi Arabia on December 7 – the world is watching us and we promise to deliver an unparalleled experience. SCEE are a proud partner of the GSA bringing Clash on the Dunes to Diriyah Season, 2019.”

Tickets for all of Diriyah Season’s spectacular events and entertainment will be available online at www.diriyahseason.sa with Formula E Tickets on sale now, Clash On the Dunes tickets on October 13, and Diriyah Tennis Cup on October 26. Tickets for other events as well as season long tickets will be announced soon. Follow Diriyah Season’s news and announcements on the official social media pages on twitter and Instagram @diriyahseason.
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TROY WILLIAMSON insists that winning his first professional title this weekend is the springboard to future super-fights.

The former amateur star challenges France’s Fouad El Massoudi (17-11, 2KOs) for the vacant WBO European super-welterweight championship at First Direct Arena, Leeds on Saturday (October 12) night.

Victory should earn Williamson (11-0-1, 8KOs) a top 15 ranking for the WBO title currently held by Mexican Jaime Munguia.

The Darlington man said: “I’m very excited, it’s been a long time coming and I’m ready to take this opportunity with both hands.

“Winning this title will set up some big fights in the near future, which is what I’m all about.

“I just want big fights and I will fight anybody. If the opportunity arises for a big fight I will not shy away from the challenge.”

Williamson, 28, only ever boxed as a senior in his amateur career, but crammed in 68 bouts and was on the GB squad for two years and boxed all over the world.

Williamson is impressing as a professional and stopped his last three opponents since a points win over former world title challenger Rafal Jackiewicz.

He added: “I feel that with each fight I’m developing more power. Getting the correct technique brings power.

“Myself and my coach, Craig Cairney have been working on the correct technique so it’s going to be a explosive performance from myself, this weekend.”

El Massoudi, 31, has won his last three fights and captured the French championship in April outpointing Barthelemy Lefebvre over ten rounds.

“I’ve caught a few clips of him on YouTube. He’s game, comes for a fight and looks durable,” says Williamson.

The big night of action in Leeds is headed by local hero Josh Warrington (29-0, 6KOs) who makes the third defence of his IBF featherweight championship against France’s Sofiane Takoucht (35-3-1, 13 KOs). 

Zelfa Barrett (22-1,13KOs) will make the first defence of his Commonwealth super-featherweight title against exciting Scot Jordan McCorry (18-6-1, 4KOs). 

In a third title clash Manchester’s Lyndon Arthur (15-0, 12KOs) faces Ghanaian Emmanuel Anim (14-2-1, 12KOs) for the vacant Commonwealth light-heavyweight crown , in a battle of the big hitters.Darlington’s Troy Williamson (11-0-1, 8KOs), Mark Heffron (23-1, 17KOs), Shakiel Thompson (4-0, 3KOs), Reece Mould (12-0, 6 KOs), Shabaz Masoud (5-0, 1KO), John Joyce, 1-0), Jack Daniels (4-0, 2 KOs), Callum Simpson (1-0), Evaldas Petrauskas (1-0 1 KO) plus exciting debutant George Davey are all in action.

Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk and firstdirectarena.com Prices: £40, £50, £75, £100, £150, £200, £350 – Inner Ring Hospitality.

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