SHAKAN PITTERS REVEALS BRUTAL TRAINING REGIME AS A KID THAT WILL TAKE HIM TO BRITISH TITLE

Undefeated Birmingham light-heavyweight hotshot Shakan Pitters claims the inexhaustible lung power that has taken him to the cusp of a British title can be traced to his primary school years and the eccentricities of his ex-pro father Colin.

On Saturday 28th March, the freakishly tall sharpshooter squares off against fierce domestic rival Craig Richards for the vacant domestic 175lb crown on promoter Mick Hennessy’s big bill at the Coventry Skydome, exclusively live in the UK on free-to-air Channel Five.

‘When I was in Year Four (age nine), a couple of times a week dad would wake up my mum and us kids at 4a.m and demand we go on a five mile run with him,’ revealed Pitters, who at a lofty 6ft 6in is the tallest contender in the division by some distance.

‘I didn’t mind because I was a good runner and just enjoyed doing everything Dad wanted me to do. When we got home, it’d be pull-ups on the door ledge and an ab circuit before going back to bed! 

‘From the age of six, Dad had me in the gym, watching him hit the bags and coach the likes of Matt Macklin and Frankie Gavin at the Small Heath gym. As a kid I could hold my own sparring with older, heavier kids but dad never allowed me to box. He was confident I’d make it as a footballer. 

‘I was on West Bromwich Albion’s books for about six years as a schoolboy. Those middle of the night jogs made a huge difference on the pitch. I could run non-stop. Coaches would ask: ‘What are they feeding him?’ 

‘But, unfortunately, I had injuries. The Albion released me so I turned to boxing, aged 22.’

For five seasons, Pitters flitted casually between the Second City and Eastside gyms, engaging in a score of bouts but paying scant regard for such rudiments as roadwork or nutrition. The arrival of his daughter four years ago forced the logistics worker to re-evaluate.

‘Suddenly, at 27, I needed money so started to do it properly,’ disclosed Pitters.

‘Though I never took it seriously as an amateur, I barely lost a handful and always acquitted myself well sparring good pros like Terry Carruthers, Dee Mitchell and Cella Rendo at Eastside. I knew if I kept my discipline, I had the talent and attributes to go far.’ 

The Brummie boy comes from good breeding. In the early 1990s, his father Colin extended Richie Woodhall, then a 6-0 prospect and a future WBC World Champion; plus quality champions Steve Foster, Neville Brown and Adrian Dodson.  Colin’s brother Rob lost just one of his first dozen as a hot light-middle prospect before descending into the role of a journeyman. 

‘There was no chance I was going on the road, as my dad and uncle had,’ states Shakan.

‘Dad’s mindset was just to earn money to support the household. He was a smoker but, when he took it seriously, he was very capable. 

‘Though he never wanted me to take the boxing up and hasn’t been to many fights, I know he’s proud. He’ll be at my British title challenge. 

Since first dipping his toes into the professional pool in March 2017, skyscraper ‘Shak’ has racked up a lucky 13 straight wins, bagging an Ultimate Boxxer crown at London’s O2 Indigo in November 2018 and the English 12st 7lb title following a comprehensive 10 round decision over Scunthorpe’s 16-2 Dec Spelman at the York Hall last September.

Though 10 of his fights have been scheduled for four rounds or less, his raking right hand has registered four brutal stoppages (all inside two rounds) with three victims succumbing to the full 10 count.

‘I don’t have the physique of a strongman but, as a young kid, could always hit those punch machines hard and dad commented on my power on the pads before I’d even had any bouts. In sparring, I’ve hurt heavyweights and cruisers,’ he claims. 

‘As a kid, Tommy Hearns was an idol. Like him, I’ve got the range, distance, technique, twist and leverage to generate serious power. I can crack with or without gloves. I’m a chilled guy but I’ve banged a few over on the street…the last one because they spat at my girlfriend.

‘I’ve also got excellent natural stamina, just as I had as a footballer. And my inside game is pretty underrated. My style’s not one dimensional, it’s a bit crazy, very hard to train for. I alternate, depending on what’s in front of me. 

‘Against Dec Spelman – a real hard puncher – I showed I can fight on the back foot but I’m equally comfortable going forward. Dad had me going forward and back on the pads and when skipping, at a very young age so it’s natural. Others might think Dad was barmy, but I’ve a lot to thank him for!’

A top quality undercard is headlined with the return of red-hot cruiserweight talent Isaac Chamberlain from Brixton, South London, as he returns to action and back on his pursuit of a world title.

The card also features some great Midlands match ups that includes a fiery Coventry derby between welterweights Jordan Cooke and Michael Green over six-rounds; Birmingham’s Ishmael Ellis takes on Walsall’s Shaun Cooper over six rounds at lightweight; Coventry’s River Wilson Bent clashes with Tamworth’s Lee Gunter in a four-round light-middleweight contest; Tamworth welterweight Tom Silcox in a four-round contest; Birmingham super-featherweight Lewis Coley in a four-round contest; Leamington Spa lightweight Danny Quartermine in a four-round contest and Battersea light-heavyweight Mark Williams in a four-round contest.

Also on the card will be exciting middleweight prospect Michael Hennessy Jr. from Sevenoaks, Kent, in his fifth professional bout in a six round contest.

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FOWLER CLASHES WITH FLATLEY IN MANCHESTER

‘The Machine’ out to impress under new trainer Shane McGuigan 

Anthony Fowler will defend his WBA International Super-Welterweight Title against Jack Flatley on the undercard of Scott Quigg vs. Jono Carroll at Manchester Arena on Saturday March 7, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US. 
 
‘The Machine’ (11-1, 8 KOs) will be looking to impress in his first fight under new trainer Shane McGuigan after teaming up with the renowned coach at his Canterbury base alongside Matchroom stablemates Lawrence Okolie and Luke Campbell last month. 
 
A rematch with bitter rival Scott Fitzgerald remains at the top of Fowler’s wish list in 2020 but the Commonwealth Games gold medalist is all too aware of the threat posed by Flatley and remains fully focused on the task at hand. 
 
Flatley (16-1-1, 4 KOs), a former English Super-Welterweight Champion, has only lost once in his 18-fight career, he was edged out by Harry Scarff after ten hard rounds at the University of Bolton Stadium in September last year.
 
The Bolton favourite, 25, bounced back quickly from that defeat, outpointing Alistair Warren three months later in his hometown and hopes that a win over Liverpool’s Fowler will set up even more title opportunities in 2020. 

“I watched his fight with Troy Williamson in the ABA Final as an amateur and when they boxed as pros, he’s a tough lad with a big heart and he comes to fight,” said Fowler. “Fans will definitely see a change in me since teaming up with Shane, I don’t wanna give too much away but it should be evident on the night.

“Obviously styles make fights,  Flatley couldn’t cope with Scarff’s awkwardness when they fought but I could because I’ve seen it all before, that was for the English title, I see myself a much high level than that and I’ll show it when we fight. 

“The only fight I want is the Fitzgerald rematch. A good win against Flatley sets that up nicely for the British Title, let’s tell Scott to give the fans what they want.”
 
“I’m massively excited to be taking on Anthony Fowler at Manchester Arena,” said Flatley. “I know how good he is, and I know he’s waiting for the big rematch with Scott Fitzgerald, but this is my chance to go in there and upset the apple cart. 
 
“I’m going to prove that I belong at this level. He’s ranked in the top 13 with the WBA so it’s a great opportunity for me and to be fighting in front of millions of people around the world on Sky Sports and DAZN in a massive incentive for me. 
 
“I’ve been training hard and waiting for a big opportunity like this so naturally I grabbed it with both hands when it presented itself. I’m not reading too much into him changing trainer to Shane McGuigan because Dave Coldwell is a brilliant coach anyway. I’m just focusing on me and what I’ve got to do.”
 
Fowler vs. Flatley is part of a huge night of action in Manchester. 

Main event sees Scott Quigg (35-2-2, 26 KOs) take on Jono Carroll (17-1-1, 3 KOs) in an exciting Super-Featherweight matchup, the No.1 and No.2 WBO Super-Middleweight contenders Zach Parker (18-0, 12 KOs) and Rohan Murdock (24-1, 7 KOs) collide, Manchester Heavyweight contender Hughie Fury (23-3, 13 KOs meets Pavel Sour (11-2, 6 KOs), Bolton’s Jack Cullen (17-2, 8 KOs) returns after his FOTY contender with Felix Cash, ‘The Albanian Bear’ Reshat Mati (6-0, 4 KO’s) makes his UK debut in a Welterweight contest, Ricky Hatton-trained Super-Featherweight Ibrahim Nadim (1-0) looks to impress and there’s action for Oldham Lightweight Aqib Fiaz (4-0) and Liverpool Super-Flyweight Blane Hyland (2-0).

Tickets priced £40, £60, £100 and £200 (VIP) are available to purchase now via Manchester Arena (www.manchester-arena.com), StubHub (www.stubhub.co.uk) and Matchroom Boxing (www.matchroomboxing.com).  

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MASSEY SIGNS UP FOR MORE

Frank Warren is delighted to announce that cruiserweight contender Jack Massey has signed a contract extension with Queensberry Promotions.
 
The recent British title challenger, who was deemed by many observers as unfortunate to drop a decision to Richard Riakporhe at York Hall in a fight for the vacant title, is determined to manoeuvre himself back into the title fold during his second stint with Hall of Fame promoter Warren.
 
“I am looking forward to a big 2020 where I will hopefully get some big fights and some big title fights,” said the 26-year-old known as ‘One Smack’. “It is all exciting stuff.
 
“We’ll probably look for a ten-round run out and then look for a title after that, so we are looking for a belt in the next two fights and we will see what is out there and up for grabs.
 
“We know the fights are out there and there are some great ones to be made in the cruiserweights. It is looking good and there are some big domestic fights to be done.”
 
Aside from picking up title belts, an obvious aim for Massey is to be responsible for bringing boxing back to the spectacular surrounds of the Devonshire Dome in Buxton, where he has fought on four previous occasions in front of a packed out venue.
 
“There has been a bit of talk and we have been looking at that,” confirmed the 16-1 man. “If we can get a televised show there with Frank it would be great. It would be just amazing, it is a great venue and it would be wrong not to go back there.
 
“It would look great on telly and I think it is the largest free-standing dome in Europe. It is a cracking venue,” added Massey, who says he has been boosted by the public support following his performance against Riakporhe last time out.
 
“It has put my name out there but it was a bit controversial with the judges and the referee. I’ve got to take it as it is and move on to the next one. I’ve got a 12 round fight under my belt now and it was a good one that I can use as a plus.
 
“It was weird at the end of the fight. I was down but it wasn’t like I had lost because the commentators said I was up and on Twitter it was the second most trending subject after the fight with people saying I was robbed.
 
“Obviously my zero has gone but that takes a bit of pressure off and I can just get on with it now.”
 
Frank Warren added: “I am delighted to continue promoting Jack and he is one of the most exciting cruiserweights out there with a big following right behind him.
 
“We will have a strong interest in the division this year, with Jordan Thompson and James Branch getting themselves into what will be an exciting mix of which Jack is firmly a part of.”

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FORMER CRUISERWEIGHT KING NELSON BACKS YOUNG STAR CHAMBERLAIN

Former World Champion Johnny Nelson is a massive fan of top cruiserweight talent Isaac Chamberlain and can’t wait to see him return to the ring on Saturday 28th March at the Coventry Skydome, live and exclusive in the UK on free-to-air Channel 5.

Nelson, the longest ever reigning World Champion in the cruiserweight division from 1999-2005 with 13 defence of the WBO crown, believes that people will say ‘Wow’ when Chamberlain fights for the first time in 16 months and reignites his trail to a World title.

The pair were together at the launch of the charity Gloves Up Knives Down new initiative ‘Preventative Intervention’ last Friday at the Repton club alongside other high profiles names including former World Champion Darren Barker, former Two-Time World title challenger Kevin Mitchell and Ultimate Boxxer 6 Heavyweight winner Nick Webb.

Chamberlain, 25, has now got his career back on track after last week signing a long-term promotional agreement with promoter Mick Hennessy and will feature on two show in just the space of a month.  First in Coventry on the undercard of the massive British Light-Heavyweight title clash between Shakan Pitters and Craig Richards and then on Alex Dilmaghani’s European title challenge against Champion Samir Ziani on Saturday 25th April at the National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace, also live on Channel 5.

Sheffield great Nelson, who is now a pundit on Sky Sports’ boxing shows, said of Chamberlain, “Give him time because all of a sudden he’s going to grasp back on the scene again and they’re going to say ‘Wow’ and it’s nice because I want them to look back at Isaac fighting Lawrence Okolie and look at how much he’s improved now to what he was then.”

Nelson added, “I’m a massive fan, there’s a couple of guys I’m a massive fan of in the UK and he’s one of them.”

‘Chambo’ said, “It’s great to hear that from a respected former World Champion like Johnny who’s been there, seen it and done it.  I see my story in him.  He had to take himself off around the world for fights and sparring to better himself and that’s what I did sparring with the likes of Deontay Wilder and Alexander Usyk.  He knows the type of sacrifices that have to be made and these other guys in the division haven’t had to to do that.  The months of inactivity and living, praying and believing the dream that you will become a World Champion.  I’ve never stopped believing and now that is all going to pay dividends.”

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LIVERPOOL TRIO SIGN FOR QUEENSBERRY

FRANK WARREN IS delighted to confirm that the Everton Red Triangle trio of Andrew Cain, Nick Ball and Brad Strand have signed promotional agreements with Queensberry Promotions.
 
All trained by respected coach Paul Stevenson from a gym established 100 years ago, the Liverpool Three share a decorated amateur background and an unbeaten professional grounding.
 
Featherweight Cain, 23, is a five-time national champion, who is now 4-0 in the pro ranks having made his debut in 2015. After taking time out from boxing due to family circumstances, he returned to the ring in 2019 and continued his trend of securing victory via stoppage.
 
His four bouts have all finished early and have spanned less than nine rounds of action.
 
Super bantamweight Strand, 22, is a four-time national champion, senior ABA champion and Tri-Nations winner. The England international opted to turn pro rather than pursue Olympic ambitions and is now 2-0 in the paid ranks.
 
Ball, 22, the most established of the three at 11-0 is a crowd-pleasing featherweight with destructive intent. He came from a background of Thai boxing before switching to Kirkby ABC from where he had 25 amateur fights.
 
His goal was to become a professional boxer, which led him to the Everton Red Triangle.
 
Ball performed on a Frank Warren promotion in December at the Nordoff Robbins dinner show, where he stopped Johnson Tellez in the second round at the Hilton Hotel in Mayfair.
 
“I am happy to sign with such a major promoter who has been around for years,” reacted Cain to signing up to the Queensberry platform headed by a Hall of Fame promoter. “He is probably the biggest at the moment and he has a record of taking young fighters to the top, so hopefully he can do that for me.
 
“We have got a great set-up at the moment with fights already booked in so it has worked out perfectly.
 
“I feel like the break I had helped me, as crazy as it sounds, but I needed the time and it has all come back together again. I am suited to the pros because, I don’t want to sound horrible, but when I am hitting people I like to know that I am hurting them. You don’t get that in the amateurs, whereas in the pro game they know when they are hit.
 
“I’d love to sell a show out in my home city, but I will fight anywhere Frank wants me to and I appreciate what he is doing for myself and the rest of the lads.”
 
Strand, who made his pro debut in 2019, added: “I am thrilled that myself, Andrew and Nick have been signed by such a big promoter and the platform can only help us push on in our careers.
 
“It is always the aim to become a TV fighter and I am certainly working towards that and I cannot wait to appear on a Frank Warren show. With the exposure I will get, along with the rest of the lads, my boxing career can go from strength to strength.
 
“I would love to get the big shows back to Liverpool and show everyone what we can do.”
 
Ball, 22, reflected on his pre-Christmas night in the capital where he seized his chance to shine in front of his new promoter.
 
“It was good and a boss experience to see him up close and fight in front of him. I went to see him after the fight and he was made up with my performance, saying it was outstanding, while Tyson Fury also had something to say to me.
 
“I was standing there after and he asked if it was me in the ring before pulling me over for a picture with him, also saying I should be proud of myself.
 
“Big shows don’t come to Liverpool as often as they used to and it is up to the boxers to make it happen and make people get up and want to come. Your style has got to be exciting to get people off the sofa and to the fights.
 
“The three of us who have signed with Frank have all got exciting styles and there are a lot of other lads from Liverpool who can help bring the shows back and we can all be on together.”
 
Promoter Warren added: “Liverpool is a place we have proudly promoted for many years and we intend to rekindle the fight scene in the city through our association with Paul Stevenson and his richly talented crop of fighters.
 
“I am delighted to have signed Andrew, Brad and Nick, who are all quality young fighters with a big future in front of them. They will be the spearhead of a new expansion for us where we will step up the development of the best young fighters and turn them into household names.
 
“I am hugely excited by the potential of these young men and I like the fact that they all see it as part of the job to entertain. I am looking forward to getting started with them.”
 
Andrew Cain, Brad Strand and Nick Ball, along with Queensberry super welterweight and Commonwealth champion JJ Metcalf, all feature on the Queensberry/Black Flash Promotions show at Liverpool Grand Central on February 28.
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CHAMBERLAIN BACKS CHARITY GLOVES UP KNIVES DOWN NEW CAMPAIGN

New Hennessy Sports signing Isaac Chamberlain was at yesterday’s launch of the charity Gloves Up Knives Down new initiative ‘Preventative Intervention’ that aims to reduce knife crime on the streets by giving kids a free starter boxing kit and lessons.

Working closely with young people from troubled communities across London, GUKD looks to assist them with providing increased access to boxing gyms and lessons where they can benefit from the power of boxing training such as boosting mental and physical well-being, discipline, confidence, friendship and respect.

The new scheme was launched at London’s famous Repton amateur club and Chamberlain was alongside former World Champion and host Johnny Nelson, former World title challenger Kevin Mitchell and Ultimate Boxxer 6 Heavyweight winner Nick Webb. 

Also in attendance was Craig Richards who challenges for the British Light-Heavyweight title against Shakan Pitters on a Hennessy Sports show on March 28 at the Coventry Skydome.

Shaun Bailey, 2020 London Mayor candidate, presented the debut promotional film ‘The Gift’ with the soundtrack ‘Put the glove on’ by Son Of and gave an inspiring speech to launch the campaign.   

Chamberlain’s life could have ended differently had he not found salvation in a boxing gym.  At 11/12 years old he was involved in dealing drugs and tragically lost his cousin to knife crime.  His mother did not want to see him going down the wrong path and took him to a boxing gym and he’s never looked backed.

The Brixton ace this week signed a long-term promotional deal with renowned promoter Mick Hennessy and after 16 months of ring inactivity, he will feature on two shows within four weeks. First on the Coventry Skydome show and then on Saturday 25th April at the National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace, both fights exclusively live in the UK on free-to-air Channel 5.

Chamberlain said, “When I was growing up I never had anything like GUKD around me and to see the work they are doing with the new initiative Preventative Intervention is absolutely amazing to see and I give it my full backing.  Fortunately I had my mum who took me to the boxing gym as she saw how things were going and it was going to end well for me.  Other kids weren’t so lucky, I’m so glad that I found boxing and it’s given me a new life and something to aim for, to become a World Champion.  Boxing’s changed my life.  I was reckless and wild, it gave me confidence and power and respect.  I had low self esteem, but I really believe that boxing is like a language, it gives you a style and a way to express yourself through fighting and training.  Kids who don’t know how to express themselves can through boxing.  Kids need an outlet and sport is key, whether it’s through boxing, football or whatever and for me boxing gave me that confidence.” 

For further information on Gloves Up Knives Down go to glovesupknivesdown.co.uk
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PARKER AND MURDOCK CLASH IN MANCHESTER

No.1. and No.2 WBO Super-Middleweight contenders meet on March 7
Zach Parker and Rohan Murdock, the No.1 and No.2 ranked Super-Middleweights with the WBO, will clash at Manchester Arena on Saturday March 7, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US, with the winner eyeing a shot a reigning World Champion Billy Joe Saunders. 

Undefeated British Super-Middleweight Champion Parker (18-0, 12 KOs) returns to the ring following his stoppage win over Steven Crambert at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow while Australia’s Murdock (24-1, 7 KOs) fights in the UK for the first time after his WBO Oriental Title win over Rolando Wenceslao Mansilla.

“I’m delighted to be fighting Rohan Murdock,” said Parker. “This is the fight where I arrive at the top level. I’ve had to be patient and it’s been very difficult at times, but we are here now. I’m going to put on a great performance and put the big names on notice that I’m coming.
 
“I’d personally like to thank my manager Neil Marsh, my coach Errol Johnson and the rest of my team. I’d also like to thank the Sauerland brothers for delivering this fantastic opportunity, and Eddie and Matchroom Boxing for staging the fight. Enjoy the fight everyone.”

“It’s not often that an Australian gets the chance to travel and fight in front of a huge arena crowd,” said Murdock. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity provided by MTK Global and Matchroom Boxing, and I’m excited to soak up the experience. 
 
“I have a lot of respect for my opponent Zach Parker. Parker is a skilled boxer with fast hands. I know I belong at this level and Parker is the perfect opponent to prove that. 
 
“Fans coming to watch me fight can expect to see a boxer who has dedicated his life to the sport with the vision of securing this opportunity. They can expect me to leave absolutely everything in the ring to get the ‘W’ whether that’s using my boxing abilities or making an absolute dog fight, I’ll adapt to whatever is necessary. The Aussie spirit will be on full show.” 

 Nisse Sauerland, Parker’s promoter, said: “This is the opportunity Zach has been waiting for and one he is going to take with both hands. We’re very happy to be working with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing to place this fight on a great card at the Manchester Arena. Rohan Murdock is a good fighter deserving of his ranking, but this is Zach’s time to shine. We expect him to steal the show and then the World Title is next!”

“I firmly believe Zach Parker is one of the best prospects in the UK right now but patience has had to be shown to secure the right opportunity and this is here right now,” said Neil Marsh, Parker’s manager. “Zach will shine at the Manchester Arena on 7th March.”

Parker vs. Murdock is part of a huge night of action in Manchester. 

Main event sees Scott Quigg (35-2-2, 26 KOs) take on Jono Carroll (17-1-1, 3 KOs)in an exciting Super-Featherweight matchup, Manchester Heavyweight contender Hughie Fury (23-3, 13 KOs) returns as he looks to fight his way back into title action in 2020, Liverpool Super-Welterweight talent Anthony Fowler (11-1, 8 KOs) continues his hunt for a rematch with Scott Fitzgerald, Sheffield Super-Lightweight starlet Dalton Smith (4-0, 3 KOs) looks to go 5-0, Bolton’s Jack Cullen (17-2, 8 KOs) returns after his FOTY contender with Felix Cash, ‘The Albanian Bear’ Reshat Mati (6-0, 4 KO’s) makes his UK debut in a Welterweight contest, Ricky Hatton-trained Super-Featherweight Ibrahim Nadim (1-0) looks to impress and there’s action for Oldham Lightweight Aqib Fiaz (4-0) and Liverpool Super-Flyweight Blane Hyland (2-0), with more fights to be announced soon. 

Tickets priced £40, £60, £100 and £200 (VIP) are available to purchase now via Manchester Arena (www.manchester-arena.com), StubHub (www.stubhub.co.uk) and Matchroom Boxing (www.matchroomboxing.com).  
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DUBOIS SENSATIONALLY DISMISSES “NERVOUS” JOE JOYCE’S AMATEUR PEDIGREE: “HE WAS JUST A GROWN MAN BEATING UP KIDS!”

Boxing – Frank Warren – Queensberry Promotions Press Conference – BT Tower, London, Britain – February 7, 2020 Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce clash as promoter Frank Warren looks on Action Images/Adam Holt

ONE WEEK after his titanic battle with Joe Joyce was officially announced, Daniel Dubois has sought to dismiss his opponents past accomplishments and again insisted that their fight on April 11 at London’s O2 Arena will be the last of Juggernaut’s career.

In an explosive interview, ‘Dynamite’ took aim at Joyce’s amateur success and questioned the legitimacy of his early wins over the likes of Filip Hrgovic and Tony Yoka.“Joe likes to talk about his amateur career but let’s be honest, he was a grown man beating up kids.”

Joe Joyce was a decorated amateur and won a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics in a fight that many thought he won.

Dubois, however, believes that the sizey age gap between Joyce and his opponents is the only reason he won so many accolades.

The 22 year old Greenwich heavyweight insists “the only reason he did so well is because of the massive age difference between him and everyone else.”

“He was a 30 year old man when he fought at the Olympics. His opponents were all in their early 20’s!”

Joyce won Gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and European Games to go alongside his Olympic Silver and is considered one of Britain’s best ever amateurs

He’s been no slouch since turning pro either and has gone unbeaten in 10 bouts, with notable wins including Bryant Jennings and Bermane Stiverne.

Alongside Dubois, Joyce is considered one of the hottest prospects in Heavyweight boxing but ‘Dynamite’ believes Joyce lacks the focus and preparation to compete with him come April 11.

“I’ve heard he’s changed trainers again… he’s had more trainers than he’s won belts!”

Joe Joyce recently split from coach Adam Booth and has set sail for Las Vegas to train under the watchful eye of Ismael Salas, in a move that some in the boxing world questioned.

Dubois believes there is a very simple explanation for the sudden split, however.

“He’s nervous, he’s panicking and he’s regretting signing for this fight. It’s starting to dawn on him that this is the last fight of his career.”

When asked what he thought about Joyce choosing to take his training camp to the states ahead of Queensberry Promotions huge ‘Seek and Destroy’ card in April, Dubois said: “I’m glad he’s going to get some sun in Las Vegas.”

“This will be the last fight of his career, he should enjoy his final camp before he retires.”

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DILMAGHANI AIMS FOR EURO GLORY WHEN HE CHALLENGES CHAMPION ZIANI FOR HIS TITLE

Crayford super-featherweight hotshot clashes with tough Frenchman on 25th April at National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace, LIVE in the UK on Channel 5
Hennessy Sports’ new signing Isaac Chamberlain features on the action-packed show 
British star Alex Dilmaghani will challenge the reigning European Super-Featherweight Champion Samir Ziani for his title on Saturday 25th April at the National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace, exclusively live on free-to-air Channel 5 in the UK.

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All-action Dilmaghani (19-1-1, 8 KO’s) takes on the rugged Ziani (31-3-1, 6 KO’s) in the main attraction with an action packed undercard that includes Hennessy’s latest hot-signing, the London cruiserweight talent Isaac Chamberlain, who yesterday announced a long-term promotional deal. 

Further top up-and-coming talents, including unbeaten middleweight prospect Michael Hennessy Jr. will be added to the card.Dilmaghani, 28, rose to pubic consciousness in his last fight in November at the York Hall when he battled to a thrilling draw against the Nicaraguan Two-Time World title challenger Francisco Fonseca for the IBO World title in one of the fight’s of year for 2019.  

The stylish Crayford southpaw is now even more determined and confident that he can become a World Champion after extending hardman Fonseca who had previously taken World Champions Gervonta Davis and Tevin Farmer the distance in World title challenges.Despite fighting with a bad cut above his left eye from the ninth round, Dilmaghani pressed the fight and although it was very close at the end, many ringside observers felt that Dilmaghani had done enough to be given the decision.

Ziani from Blagnac, France, a former French and WBC & WBA International Champion, will be making the second defence of his European title against Dilmaghani. 

Well travelled and experienced Ziani, 29, has previously fought in Spain, Denmark, Morocco, Ukraine and Italy in his 35-fight career stretching back to 2010.Winning the vacant European title by forcing Spaniard Juli Gigner to retire in the sixth round in his Barcelona backyard last year demonstrates that Ziani holds no fear in coming to the UK for the first time to face ‘Dilma’ on his own home soil and put his title on the line.  

In his last fight against in October, Ziani successfully made the first defence of his title with a unanimous points decision over the tricky Belgian challenger Faroukh Kourbanov.

With only 3 three points loses on his record, Ziani has never been stopped and one of those was against the big-hitting former IBF World Lightweight Champion Richard Commey in a very tight fight that some had Ziani winning. 

Dilmaghani said, “It’s going to be a great fight between two world class operators.  We’re both exciting to watch, we both throw a lot of punches and we’re both warriors, but I’m technically better in every aspect and I’ll be victorious.  I proved a lot against Fonseca and ticked a lot of boxes like fighting twelve rounds at frantic pace, my solid chin and my warrior spirit at world class level. The European title is a beautiful belt to challenge for with plenty of history and I look at this fight as a World title eliminator.  Ziani is well respected and I’m preparing very hard and meticulously as I want his name on my record with a W next to it.”

Ziani said, “I am excited to be coming to London and making the second defense of my EBU title in London against Dilmaghani. We have a very similar style of boxing which will prove to be very exciting for the fans.  I watched his fight against Fonseca and I have seen plenty of weakness that I can exploit.  I am very confident that I will leave London with my belt.”

Gary Hyde, Ziani’s manager, added, “This is a great chance for Samir to showcase his talent on Channel 5. Dilmaghani is a hungry and determined challenger to take Samir’s belt but he’s coming up against Ziani who has a hell of a lot of experience.  Once Ziani makes another successful defense of his title he will close in on a world title by the end of 2020.”

Hennessy is thrilled to deliver a European title opportunity for Dilmaghani in his return and believes that his man can lift the title at the iconic National Sports Centre.

He said, “This is a super fight for Alex to come straight back into and Ziani will bring out the best in him.  After his rip roaring battle with Fonseca, which to me was last year’s fight of the year, he’s going in to challenge Ziani who’s the best in Europe with the prestigious European title on the line and it’s live on free to air Channel 5.  It’s the traditional, old school, route and a win will elevate him in the ratings towards a major World title opportunity.  I’m pleased to be promoting at the historic Crystal Palace where many of the British greats such as Nigel Benn and Lennox Lewis have fought and where Alex will aim now to be crowned champion of Europe.”
For further information go to www.hennessysports.com or social media: Facebook @HennessySports, Twitter @HennessySports and Instagram @hennessysports 
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ULTIMATE BOXXER 7 FIGHTER LINEUP ANNOUNCED EUBANK, JEFFERS AND COSTA SET TO COMPETE IN THE MOST HIGH-PROFILE LINE UP TO DATE

EUBANK, JEFFERS AND COSTA SET TO COMPETE IN THE MOST HIGH-PROFILE LINE UP TO DATE

EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE AT MANCHESTER ICE ARENA, FRIDAY, APRIL 3

TICKETS ON GENERAL SALE NOW
*Following a sold-out pre-sale
Ultimate Boxxer; the short-form professional boxing brand has today announced the eight Super Middleweight fighters set to compete on Ultimate Boxxer 7  the seventh instalment of the series, which is taking place at Manchester’s Ice Arena on Friday April 3.
 
Ultimate Boxxer 7 will see some of Britain’s elite Super Middleweights come together in a one-night knockout event that includes Seb Eubank, Mark Jeffers and Diego Costa as they battle it out over a night where there will be only one winner. 

The event will be broadcast live in the UK on BT Sport. 
 
Tickets to Ultimate Boxxer 7 are on general sale now and can be purchased via Ticketmaster, following a sold out pre-sale before the boxers were announced. 
 
With a fight card stacked with talent and six fighters going into the tournament unbeaten, Ultimate Boxxer 7 promises to be an unforgettable night of elite explosive boxing action for boxing purists and casual fans alike.

The fighters: 
All eyes will be on British fighter Seb Eubank, who will put it all on the line. With extensive combat sport pedigree and with a surname that is set to turn heads amongst the boxing community, he has everything to prove as he looks to continue his unbeaten professional record in the ring. Those that train closely with him will tell you that he has the famous Eubank knockout power. 
 
At just 22 years old, Manchester’s Mark Jeffers (11-0-0) will enter the night full of confidence following his recent title win. With 11 wins from 11 fights, he goes into the tournament as one of the favourites with comparison’s already being made to Ricky Hatton – many tipping him to go to the very top in the sport. 
 
Unbeaten Idris Virgo comes into the tournament entering the peak of his career. Best known for being a contestant in Love Island back in 2017, he will be determined to be taken seriously in the professional sport with his exciting style and personality. 

Knockout artist Diego Costa who hails from Brazil via Manchester (7-0-0) joins the tournament with the best knockout ratio on the card. He is yet to taste defeat in his professional boxing career and his explosive nature is sure to excite fans as he looks to maintain his unbeaten record. 
 
Next up is former Commonwealth Super Middleweight Champion Luke Blackledge who fights out of Lancashire. Blackledge brings the most experience to the card and will be seeing this as his last chance to hit the big time. 
 
Representing Scotland is the current Celtic champion, Tommy Philbin who returns to his favoured super middle weight and will be looking to return to winning ways when he steps back inside the ring after experiencing defeat for the first time in his last fight.
 
Finally, two Manchester based fighters complete the line-up. The established Charlie Schofield who holds a very impressive fight record of (15-1-0) and stands at 6ft 3 inches tall. And 22-year-old Ben Ridings, the youngest fighter in the tournament who will be looking to maintain his unbeaten record in front of his own fans. 

Four quarterfinals of 3 x 3-minute rounds will be followed by two semi-finals before one grand finale to determine who will take home the title.
The draw for the quarter final pairings will take place before the show. 
The Ultimate Boxxer event will also feature other headline fights including world title challenger Jimmy Kelly (24-2) and the undefeated British welterweight Jack ‘demolition man’ Rafferty (11-0).
 
Ultimate Boxxer Super-middleweights sees the Ultimate Boxxer series return to Manchester for the second time in six months. Last time out Nick ‘Wild’ Webb was crowned the winner of the heavyweight edition coming out on top on points against Mark Bennett in front of a 4,000-capacity crowd.

Benjamin Shalom, Promoter at Ultimate Boxxer said: “We’re excited to bring Ultimate Boxxer to a monster super middleweight division. The Ultimate Boxxer shows have been growing in popularity with huge ticket sales and now a sold-out pre-sale for this show. 

“This time we decided to bring a group of high-profile names to the card to give something extra. There is no doubt this is our highest quality card to date.”

He added: “Ultimate Boxxer has already proved it’s a platform for boxers to go and compete at the very top of the sport. Shakan Pitters, Mikael Lawal and I hope Derrick Osaze will all be fighting for British titles this year. This year there will be even more opportunity for our winners on our shows’ 
 
For more details and for full fighter records, please visit http://www.ultimateboxxer.com
 
 
 
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