VIDEO – Wood talks Coyle, Doyle, Flanagan and Warrington


 
With a short break before the next VIP Promotions show, promoter Steve Wood recently caught up with Lee Hogan from VIP TV to chat about some of the VIP stable who are in big fights over the coming weeks, including:
 
Hull’s Tommy Coyle who fights in Boston on October 20.
 
Manchester’s Ryan Doyle, who defends his Commonwealth Featherweight Title against Jordan Gill on October 27.
 
Terry Flanagan, who also fights on October 27 in New Orleans in the World Boxing Super Series.
 
Leeds’ Josh Warrington, who defends his IBF World Featherweight Title against Carl Frampton on December 22.
 

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NATHAN AIMING TO BE SLIM-PLY THE BEST


 
NATHAN GORMAN will be slimmed down by trainer Ricky Hatton to help him add even more power to his armoury.
 
Heavyweight hope Gorman (13-0) goes for his fifth consecutive KO win at the Brentwood Centre, this Saturday night.
 
The 22-year-old might not be built like an Adonis, but he and Frank Warren stablemate Daniel Dubois are both winning plaudits and on a collision course to face each other.
 
British boxing great Hatton said: “Nathan’s power is developing because he’s maturing and more suited to the type of training we do.
 
“We have him doing a bit of strength work and we’re trying to slim him down a little bit.
 
“He is never going to be a body beautiful because some people aren’t built that way. We can’t all be built like Anthony Joshua or Daniel Dubois.
 
“But he is solid enough, Making him a little bit leaner and explosive will give him advantages. That is the theory behind that.
 
“He is also improving technically and punching with his whole body now. When he first came he was still a little bit of a rookie and arm punching.
 
“He is punching nastily and along with his speed and boxing ability which he is known for he is coming into his own.”
 
The Nantwich boxer has fought twice so far this year, and in June impressively beat good Irishman Sean Turner.
 
Hatton hopes that promoter Warren will find a spot for his protege on the Josh Warrington v Carl Frampton world title undercard in Manchester on December 22.
 
“Nathan had his career best win against Sean Turner, but we’re looking to move on from that and impress further,” added former two-weight world champion Hatton.
 
“He is still only a baby, but in his last fights showed what he is capable of and all about. He hasn’t even scraped the surface for what is to come.
 
“It looks like we’re having two fights before the end of the year and that will cap a lovely 2018 for us.”
 
Anthony Yarde will be headlining the Brentwood Centre on October 20th when he faces Argentinian Walter Gabriel Sequeira. World title challenger Gary Corcoran and ‘The Pexican’ Johnny Garton will contest the vacant British welterweight title. Zak Chelli and Umar Sadiq will both be putting their young, undefeated records on the line in a super-middleweight contest. Heavyweight Nathan Gorman will also feature on the show televised live on BT Sport.
 
Tickets are priced at £40, £100, £150 and are available to purchase from Ticketmaster.

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LEWIS RITSON VS. FRANCESCO PATERA WEIGHTS AND RUNNING ORDER


 
DOORS 16:30
 
16:30| 4 x 3 mins Super-Welterweight contest
CHAD ELLIS 10st 9lbs v ANGEL EMILOV 10st 12lbs
(Spennymoor) (Bulgaria)
 
6 x 3 mins Light-Heavyweight contest
HOSEA BURTON 12st 10lbs v SAIDOU SALL 12st 9lbs
(Manchester) (France)
 
6 x 3 mins Light-Heavyweight contest
LAWRENCE OSUEKE 12st 11lbs v CHARLES ADAMU 12st 7lbs
(Newcastle) (Ghana)
 
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17:45 | 8 x 3 mins Super-Welterweight contest
ANTHONY FOWLER v GABOR GORBICS
(Liverpool) (Hungary)
 
4 x 3 mins Super-Middleweight contest
JOHN DOCHERTY 12st 2lbs v JORDAN LATIMER 11st 6lbs
(Edinburgh) (Cheadle)
 
LIVE ON SKY SPORTS
 
19:05 | 10 x 3 mins Eliminator for British Cruiserweight Championship @ 14st 4lbs
SIMON VALLILY 14st 7lbs 2oz v CRAIG GLOVER 14st 2lbs 11oz
(Middlesborough) (Liverpool)
 
10 x 3 mins Heavyweight contest
DAVID ALLEN 18st 5lbs 11oz v SAMIR NEBO 16st 5lbs 5oz
(Conisborough) (Germany)
 
10 x 3 mins WBA International Light-Heavyweight Championship @ 12st 7lbs
JOSHUA BUATSI 12st 6lbs 13oz v TONY AVERLANT 12st 5lbs 10oz
(Croydon) (France)
 
12 x 3 mins vacant British and Commonwealth Super-Lightweight Championship @ 10st
ROBBIE DAVIES Jr 9st 13lbs v GLENN FOOT 9st 12lbs 8oz
(Liverpool) (Sunderland)
 
12 x 3 mins vacant EBU Lightweight Championship @ 9st 9lbs
LEWIS RITSON 9st 8lbs 13oz v FRANCESCO PATERA 9st 8lbs 3oz
(Forest Hall) (Genk, Belgium)
 
FLOAT
 
4 x 3 mins Welterweight contest
JOSEPH LAWS 10st 7lbs v CHRIS TRUMAN 10st 3lbs
(Benwell) (Birmingham)
 

4 x 3 mins Lightweight contest
DARREN REAY 9st 9lbs v SAMUIL DIMITROV 9st 10lbs
(Bedlington) (Bulgaria)
 
4/6 x 3 mins Super-Bantamweight contest
THOMAS PATRICK WARD 9st v TOM TRAN 8st 7lbs
(West Rainton) (Germany)
 
4 x 3 mins Super-Lightweight contest
TERRY WILKINSON 10st v CHRIS ADAWAY 10st
(Newcastle) (Plymouth)

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WBO Statement: Billy Joe Saunders Vacates World Crown


 
WBO President Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel, Esq reacted on Billy Joe Saunders’ public comments regarding his world title status:
 
“B.J. Saunders has voluntarily vacated the WBO Middleweight Title, and publicly apologized for his violation of the Massachusetts Athletic Commission’s anti-doping regulations”.
 
“Therefore, the clash between Demetrius Andrade and Walter Kautondonkwa scheduled for October 20th will now be for the vacant World Crown”.
 
“Also, I will recommend to the WBO Executive Committee that Saunders receives a six month suspension for his transgression”.
 
Editor’s note:
 
The WBO Statement above reads very differently to the statements from Frank Warren, Billy Joe Saunders’ promoter, in the UK national press such as this statement on the BBC website this Morning, where Frank Warren says the boxer will give up his belt because of the “mental anguish”.
 
He added the licence decision would be challenged in court.
 
“Billy Joe will, with a heavy heart, relinquish his world title while this issue is being resolved,” Warren said.
 
Saunders, who was due to fight Andrade in Boston on 20 October, returned an adverse finding for the stimulant oxilofrine, which Warren says was in a “common decongestant nasal spray”.
 
Saunders has insisted he is a “clean fighter to the bone”.
 
Under World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) and UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) rules, oxilofrine is only banned in competition. That means a fighter is in breach of the regulations only if it is found in their system on the day of a bout.
 
But it is prohibited at all times by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, which tested Saunders on 30 August.
 
Warren says it was “not a failed test” because the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission (MSAC) – which is responsible for issuing a licence to fight in Boston – did not follow Wada’s rules.
 
After taking the case to the Supreme Court, Warren said he would begin legal proceedings against the MSAC. to see full article please go to https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/boxing/45828828

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YARDE PLANNING ANOTHER KO TO CELEBRATE BIG DEAL


 
ANTHONY YARDE insists that boxing will always be his first priority after signing a global deal with Adidas.
 
The unbeaten Ilford knockout artist has become a Global Brand Ambassador for the sportswear giants, but knows ring business must come first.
 
Yarde (16-0) hopes to mark the landmark deal with his 16th KO in 17 fights when he defends his WBO Inter-Continental Light-Heavyweight crown against Argentinian Walter Gabriel Sequeira (21-4) at the Brentwood Centre on Saturday October 20th.
 
Yarde said: “Boxing will always come first and never be overlooked.
 
“The Adidas deal is a good thing, but I have got my excitement for it out of the way even though it has just been announced.
 
“My only focus is winning on October 20th and delivering a spectacular performance – maybe an early knockout.
 
“I’ve just got to keep doing my job in the ring and everything else will fall into place. When you believe in something and work towards it anything can be achieved.”
 
Yarde’s Manager and trainer Tunde Ajayi brokered the Adidas arrangement through his company Stamina For Sale Ltd.
 
He said: “The last boxer to get an Adidas deal on this type of level was Prince Naseem Hamed and his arrangement wasn’t global.
 
“It shows the attention that Anthony is getting from boxing and mainstream sports fans.
 
“Adidas recognise his potential and the star quality he holds at this embryonic stage of his career.”
 
Yarde, 27, added: “It is a massive achievement and just the next step towards where I’m going in life. It can sky rocket what Tunde and myself are doing.
 
“The deal that we’ve done is me representing Adidas on a global scale so that makes it so much bigger.”
 
Anthony Yarde will be headlining the Brentwood Centre on October 20th when he faces Argentinian Walter Gabriel Sequeira. World title challenger Gary Corcoran and ‘The Pexican’ Johnny Garton will contest the vacant British welterweight title. Zak Chelli and Umar Sadiq will both be putting their young, undefeated records on the line in a super-middleweight contest. Heavyweight Nathan Gorman will also feature on the show televised live on BT Sport.
 
Tickets are priced at £40, £100, £150 and are available to purchase from Ticketmaster.

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CORCORAN PLANNING TO BE DOUBLE TROUBLE


 
GARY CORCORAN is planning to wreck gym-mates Johnny Garton and Bradley Skeete inside the next few months.
 
The former world title challenger attempts the first leg of the double when he challenges Garton for the vacant British welterweight title at the Brentwood Centre on Saturday October 20th.
 
Skeete relinquished the title allowing his iBox Gym mate, Garton (22-1-1) to challenge Wembley traveller Corcoran for the British title.
 
Corcoran (18-2) is annoyed that Skeete gave up the title and swerved him, adding: “There must be some reason why Bradley doesn’t want to fight me, but after Johnny I say, ‘Bring on Bradley’.
 
“I have chased Bradley for a long time and it has never happened, and if it doesn’t take place early next year we will never fight.
 
“I will not be overlooking Johnny who has done so well in his career, but his ambition is to be British champion. Mine is to be a world champion.
 
“We all know that Johnny is a come forward fighter, but if he tries boxing me I will box his head off. Whatever happens, I will hunt him down and beat him up.
 
“I am going to be too big and strong for Johnny. I am a level above Johnny and I will show it on the night.”
 
Corcoran, 27, is desperate to leave domestic level behind him once again and get back among the welterweight division’s elite.
 
His defeats came on points against Liam Williams more than two years and in a WBO world title challenge against Jeff Horn in Brisbane last December when he was stopped in 11 rounds.
 
Sandwiched between those setback was a win over highly ranked Nigerian Larry Ekundayo.
 
He added: “I know that on my day I can mix it with the best welterweights and apart from maybe Bradley, I am levels above most of these kids in Britain.
 
“I have lost to world class fighters. Johnny hasn’t fought anybody like that.
 
“Bradley fought one world class opponent, Kerman Lejarraga and got stopped in two rounds. I’ve boxed and beaten someone at a higher level than Bradley in Ekundayo.
 
“I want to get back on the world scene. If I am going to lose I am going to go out on my shield against world class fighters.
 
“I have had 20 fights to learn and have another 20 fights to earn before I retire.”
Anthony Yarde will be headlining the Brentwood Centre on October 20th when he faces Argentinian Walter Gabriel Sequeira. World title challenger Gary Corcoran and ‘The Pexican’ Johnny Garton will contest the vacant British welterweight title. Zak Chelli and Umar Sadiq will both be putting their young, undefeated records on the line in a super-middleweight contest. Heavyweight Nathan Gorman will also feature on the show televised live on BT Sport.
 
Tickets are priced at £40, £100, £150 and are available to purchase from Ticketmaster.

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SADIQ: CHELLI COULD NEVER OUTBOX ME


 
UMAR SADIQ only affords his next opponent, Zak Chelli, a puncher’s chance when the two unbeaten super middleweights come together in what should be a fascinating match-up at the Brentwood Centre next Saturday (October 20).
 
Sadiq suspects a heavy punch is the only weapon of note in the Chelli armoury and dealing with a puncher is something he is well equipped to withstand.
 
“He is very explosive and a good challenge but I had 45 amateur fights and 36 of those were at elite level,” reasoned the 30-year-old with three professional fights under his belt.
 
“So I am used to going in there with guys who are national champions, county champions or champions from other countries – and many of them could whack.
 
“So the fact that he can whack doesn’t intimidate me, especially because I am sparring cruiserweights and light heavyweights on a regular basis. I also believe I am much better than him.
 
“Although on paper it looks a 50-50 fight and a dangerous one, in reality I think taking away his power, it is actually just another learning fight for me.”
 
While each boxer will bring a completely contrasting style of fighting into the ring, live on BT Sport, Sadiq believes the clash could well provide compelling viewing.
 
“I don’t know, it could be awkward, but they could also gel really well. He is a brawler and I am a boxer-puncher and it can end up gelling well. Archie Sharp and Lyon Woodstock gelled really well last weekend and Archie is a boxer-puncher, while Lyon in that fight was seemingly a brawler.
 
“Hopefully we will get another great fight for the fans on BT Sport.
 
“The truth is I rate him as a puncher and that’s where it stops,” added the Ilford man, who goes along with the thought process that Chelli will stalk him with the aim of knocking his block off.
 
“I believe so. I saw an interview where he was saying he can box long and all that, but he could never ever try to outbox me. That is a fact and he knows that, regardless of who he is trying to fool.
 
“His only hope is going to try and brawl – and I am ready for that.”
 

Anthony Yarde will be headlining the Brentwood Centre on October 20th when he faces Argentinian Walter Gabriel Sequeira. World title challenger Gary Corcoran and ‘The Pexican’ Johnny Garton will contest the vacant British welterweight title. Zak Chelli and Umar Sadiq will both be putting their young, undefeated records on the line in a super-middleweight contest. Heavyweight Nathan Gorman will also feature on the show televised live on BT Sport.
 
Tickets are priced at £40, £100, £150 and are available to purchase from Ticketmaster.

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SHEFFIELD’S NASSA PROMISING KO REDEMPTION ON LIVE TV SHOW


 
The last time Loua Nassa shared top billing on live TV, he suffered a painful KO defeat. The 22-year-old gets a shot at redemption on October 12 though at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge Arena, when he takes on Tanzania’s Nasibu Ramadhan, 25-12-2 (13), live on Freesports (Freeview 95, Freesat 252, Sky 422, BT 95, Talk Talk 95, Virgin 553).
 
It was at the same venue in February, again live on Freesports, that Nassa, 11-1, suffered his only pro loss. The ‘Steel City’ fighter was challenging Brad Watson for the Guernsey man’s English Super Flyweight belt but, despite bossing the early rounds, ran out of steam and was stopped in the final tenth round.
 
Determined that this time his TV exposure will lead to a different outcome, Loua says that he will not only beat his African opponent in their Commonwealth Bantamweight Title eliminator, but is planning to end proceedings early.
 
“I don’t see the Brad Watson fight as a loss, and I learned a lot from it,” explained Nassa, who is one of five fighting siblings. “I feel like everything happens for a reason and maybe it was meant to happen. I’m just really excited to come back, and come back stronger. I feel more mature and can’t wait to get out there and win again.
 
“When I’ve watched the Watson fight back, it’s hard, but I feel like I lost the fight because of me, not because he was better than me. I let emotions take over and I was maybe a bit too light and weak at the weight. I’ve learned my lessons though. This fight, I’ve righted the wrongs and it’s like redemption for me.
 
“Ramadhan is an experienced fighter and he’s going to be a tough opponent who will come to win, but I’m going to knock him out. I really feel like I’m going to stop him and this will be the fight that puts me back into the mix.
 
“I’m very excited and can’t wait to get in there. I want to get my first win on TV and show everyone what I can do. I trust in Dennis [Hobson] and know he’ll get me the title shots. After this fight, winning will elevate me and will allow me to fight for other titles, even if it’s not the Commonwealth.”
 
Manager Dennis Hobson stated: “There aren’t many fighters that don’t lose, but it’s all about how you come back from a loss. I have faith in Loua and still believe he can go onto bigger things. This is an important fight for him, and getting a shot at the Commonwealth Title will be a big step, because it’s a meaningful belt that can move fighters onto the international stage.
 
“This is going to be another great night of boxing. We’ve continually produced the goods for the Freesports viewers, the feedback we’ve had on the shows we’ve worked on so far has been excellent, and I’m expecting Loua’s fight, as well as Tommy Frank who is also topping the bill, to be tremendous TV viewing again.”
 
Dennis Hobson Promotions present an evening of boxing at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge Arena on October 12. Topping the bill will be Sheffield’s Tommy Frank and Loua Nassa in Commonwealth Title eliminators. The undercard will feature Sheffield fighters Dan West; Kane Salvin; Keenan Wainwright; Sufyaan Ahmed; Mohammed Alqotaibi, and Hakeem Nassa. Also appearing will be Manchester’s Michael Gomez Jr, and Buxton’s Irvin Mango.
 
For ticket information, call 0114 243 4443.
 
The show will be televised live on Freesports (Freeview 95, Freesat 252, Sky 422, BT 95, Talk Talk 95, Virgin 553).

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SHEAR CLASS – Alan Shearer backs Lewis Ritson to go all the way to the top


 
Alan Shearer is backing Lewis Ritson to go all the way to the top – and the Newcastle United legend hopes the Lightweight sensation follows his path and packs St. James’ Park for a big fight night.
 
A star-struck Toon Army mad Ritson met the number nine idol in the build up to his European title clash with Francesco Patera on Saturday night (October 13) and the ‘Sandman’ has sold the Metro Radio Arena out after packing it to the rafters for the first time in June when he destroyed Paul Hyland Jr in a round to win the British title outright.
 
Gallowgate favourite Shearer knows all about the fanatical support in Newcastle after banging in 206 goals in ten seasons for his boyhood club, and he believes that the fans will soon be roaring him to World title honours on the hallowed turf.
 
“This will be my first ever fight that I’m attending so there’s no pressure for Lewis!” said Shearer.
 
“The fans are incredible up in Newcastle. If he keeps on winning then a fight a St James’ Park could happen as Lewis dreams of.
 
“That buzz when you walk out at St. James’ is special. I never really used to hear the singing on the pitch during the game, when you walked out the atmosphere was loud and that’s when I used to soak it all in but when that whistle went it was game time and I was zoned in.
 
“I used to stand on the terraces as a fan so to walk out and score in front of your own people is that bit more special. That’s the same for Lewis, but he’s knocking people out!
 
“It’s been interesting to speak with Lewis and understand how much preparation goes in from his training team to study opponents. When I was playing I knew the strengths and weaknesses of the centre backs and map out in advance how I want the service.”
 
Shearer and Ritson have a common thread having both played for famed kids’ team Wallsend Boys as kids, and the hitman-turned-pundit thinks the club has played a part in his success – and along with his close bond with his trainer father, could help him stay at the top when he’s there.
 
“When I was a young boy playing at Wallsend Boys club it taught me a lot. Lewis played there as well and some of that discipline will have no doubt rubbed off on to his game.
 
“Having his Dad standing there in the corner for each fight must be a proud feeling for the both of them.
 
“What I would say to Lewis is the easy part is getting to the top, but the hard part is staying there. He’ll have the money, house, holidays and car. The opponents will know more about him and the level is only going to get tougher. It’s not easy and he’ll have to probably come through some tricky moments but he’s got a great team around him.
 
“I’ll be there ringside and will be the first one to lead the songs when the Blaydon Races comes on.”
 

 
Ritson vs. Patera tops a huge night of action in Newcastle as rising Light-Heavyweight star Joshua Buatsi makes the first defence of his WBA International belt against Frenchman Tony Averlant, Liverpool’s Robbie Davies Jnr faces Sunderland’s Glenn Foot for the British and Commonwealth Super-Lightweight titles, Doncaster Heavyweight David Allen is gunning for another huge KO when he takes on Samir Nebo and Cruiserweights Simon Vallily and Craig Glover meet over ten rounds.
 
There’s action elsewhere on the card from IBF European Super-Bantamweight Champion Thomas Patrick Ward, fast-rising Liverpool Welterweight Anthony Fowler, Newcastle Cruiserweight Lawrence Osueke, popular Benwell Super-Welterweight Joseph Laws, Spennymoor Welterweight Chad Ellis, Manchester Light-Heavyweight Hosea Burton, Newcastle Super-Lightweight Terry Wilkinson, Bedlington Lightweight Darren Reay and the professional debut of Scottish Super-Middleweight talent John Docherty.

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KAUTONDOKWA: I CAN SHOCK THE WORLD AGAINST ANDRADE


 
Unbeaten African blaster vows to KO Rhode Island ace in Boston
 
Walter Kautondokwa says he will shock the world and KO Demetrius Andrade when they clash at the TD Garden in Boston on October 20, live on DAZN.
 
Kautondokwa (17-0 16KOs) has replaced Billy Joe Saunders in the bout with the unbeaten former Super-Welterweight World ruler, and ‘The Executioner’ is full of belief that he can add to his formidable knockout record in Massachusetts having already been in camp.
 
The Namibian has only been the full distance once, on his September 2103 debut, and the 33 year old has blasted six foes away in the opening session and 14 of his opponents before the halfway point of their contests.
 
‘Boo Boo’ Andrade (25-0 16KOs) must reset his radar from training for the tricky southpaw Saunders to the big-hitting African, and Kautondokwa has inspiration close to home in his camp for his first World title fight.
 
Kautondokwa’s stable-mate Julius Indongo landed a World title clash at late notice and starched Eduard Troyanovsky inside a round in Russia to win the IBF Super-Lightweight crown to crash into the elite, going on to face Terence Crawford for all the titles at 140lbs – and #2-rated WBO Middleweight Kautondokwa believes he can make the same impact at 160lbs.
 
“This is a huge opportunity for me and one I will take with both hands,” said Kautondokwa. “I’ve been in the gym and I am 100 per cent ready to get to Boston and add Demetrius to my KO record.
 
“I’ve earned my spot as the number two challenger in the division and I fear no man – Demetrius is a great fighter, but I know that I can KO any 160lber in the world, and that includes Andrade.
 
“He’s been preparing for Billy Joe, who is a technical guy that doesn’t have power – I am going to be a nightmare for him next Saturday night and I am ready to become a major player in the Middleweight division.”
 
Kautondokwa’s clash with Andrade is part of a huge bill in Boston with three World title bouts on the slate.
 
Philadelphia’s Tevin Farmer makes the first defence of his IBF World Super-Featherweight title against hard-hitting Belfast man James Tennyson and Irish sensation Katie Taylor puts her WBA and IBF World Lightweight straps on the line against Cindy Serrano.
 
Rhode Island’s Toka Kahn Cleary faces England’s Kid Galahad in a final eliminator for the IBF World Featherweight title, England’s all-action Tommy Coyle meets Quincy, Mass.’s Ryan Kielczweski over ten rounds, England’s Freddie Roach trained former World ruler Scott Quigg returns on the bill and Kazakhstan’s Olympic gold medal hero Daniyar Yeleussinov tastes action for the fourth time in the paid ranks.
 
Local favorite Mark DeLuca (Whitman, Mass.) is gunning for revenge when he meets Walter Wright in a rematch of their keenly fought clash in June that Wright edged via split decision, while there’s more Irish interest in Gorey Heavyweight Niall Kennedy and Tennyson’s fellow Belfast man Sean McComb.
 
Tickets for October 20 are on sale now from www.TDGarden.com

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