VIDEO – TAYLOR AND NURSE TALK AHEAD OF BRITISH TITLE ELIMINATOR


Promoter Steve Wood has put together a terrific headliner for this Saturday’s (November17), Victoria Warehouse show; with Middleton’s Liam Taylor facing Huddersfield’s Tyrone Nurse in a British Welterweight Title eliminator, live and FREE on vipboxing.tv

Taylor and Nurse are no strangers – the pair squared off in 2015, with the experienced Yorkshire fighter eking out a points win after Taylor took the fight at short notice.  

Since then,’Dynamo’ has won eight on the bounce to move to 19-1 (10) – while Tyrone has won and lost the British Super Lightweight Title; beating good fighters like Tommy Coyle and Willie Limond in the process, before losing the belt to world rated, Jack Catterall.

Ahead of the contest, the pair both spoke to Lee Hogan from VIP TV.  

Nurse: “I’m excited for it.  I can’t wait; it’s just nice to get back in the ring and get active again.  It’s a great show and a good line up on the undercard.” 

Taylor:“The first fight was exciting.  Everyone who knows boxing, knows we’re both good fighters.  It’s a 50-50 fight, and the people who come to watch it are going to enjoy it.  If I stick to my plan, it’s going to be a close fight, but it’s one I believe I can win.”   

 

VIP Promotions presents an evening of boxing at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse on November 17.  Headlining will be Middleton’s Liam Taylor and Huddersfield’s Tyrone Nurse in a British Welterweight Title eliminator.

Also appearing will be Salford’s Luke Evans and Luke Vaughan; Manchester’s Charlie Schofield, Brad Rea and Kane Gardner; Delph’s Andy Kremner; Leeds’ Bob Ajisafe; Rochdale’s Muhammad Ali; Oldham’s Joe Eko; and Liverpool’s Adam Farrell.

Tickets priced at £35 (general), £60 (ringside) are available from all boxers, or at vipboxing.tv 

The show will also be streamed live and free at vipboxing.tv

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BRITISH TITLE ELIMINATOR – TAYLOR VS NURSE – TO BE SHOWN LIVE AND FREE ON VIPBOXING.TV

Promoter Steve Wood has pulled a terrific headliner out of the bag for his November 17, Victoria Warehouse show, with Middleton’s Liam Taylor facing Huddersfield’s Tyrone Nurse in a British Welterweight Title eliminator.

“The Board have just signed this fight off, and I’m delighted,” explained VIP Promotions’ head, Wood.  “It’s a cracking match that’s worthy of TV coverage, so it’s great for boxing fans that we’ll be showing it live and completely free on vipboxing.tv.”

Taylor and Nurse are no strangers – the pair squared off in 2015, with the experienced Yorkshire fighter eking out a points win after Taylor took the fight at short notice. 

Since then, ‘Dynamo’ has won eight on the bounce to move to 19-1 (10) – while Tyrone has won and lost the British Super Lightweight Title; beating good fighters like Tommy Coyle and Willie Limond in the process, before losing the belt to world rated, Jack Catterall.

Despite Nurse, 35-4-2 (7), coming into this rematch on the back of two defeats – the Catterrall loss, and a contentious reverse to Jack Brubaker in Australia – Liam says he doesn’t believe his opponent is in decline, and is preparing for a hard, even encounter.

“I took the fight at two days notice last time, but learned from the experience,” said Liam.  “I learned how to do the distance, and the difference between a six-round fight and a ten-round fight.  It was a good learning fight and wasn’t really a bad loss. 

“This time we’ll both have the same notice so it’s going to be different.  We’re both more experienced, but I’ve been over in America training with Terry Flanagan for four weeks and I’m more than ready.

“On paper, anyone might think he’s on the slide because he’s lost his last two, but Jack Catterall is a quality fighter, and although he lost in Australia, from what I’ve read he got ripped off.  So, I don’t think he’s on the slide, he’ll be the same sort of fighter I fought over three years ago.  I don’t think he’s changed massively, but I’ve changed a lot, and that will be the difference.

“It will probably be nip and tuck some of the rounds.  It will be a close fight, but I’ll be better this time.  I see it as a genuine 50-50; some people might sway towards him because of his experience but I believe I’ll win it.  I definitely think I can get revenge.”

Whoever comes out on top will face the new British Welterweight king, Johnny Garton.  The Peckham man lived up to his ‘Pexican’ moniker on October 10th when he battled Gary Corcoran to a standstill to take the vacant crown in a fight of the year contender.  Despite it promising to be a very tough assignment, Taylor says facing Garton is exactly the type of fight he’s interested in now, and that he is ready to test himself amongst Britain’s best.

“I’ve wanted the Garton fight for over a year, and I want it even more now,” said the 27-year-old.  “I watched the highlights of his fight with Corcoran, everyone I’ve spoken to said it was a great fight, but I think I’d outbox both of them. 

“Garton is a very tough, game fighter, and he’s probably overachieved what he thought he would do.  It’s a top story, he’s going to give anyone a hard fight because he doesn’t stop coming forward, but I actually thought Corcoran would stop him, so he proved me wrong.

“All I want now is the big fights.  I’m 20 fights into my career, I’m ready to test myself to see how ready I am, and if I’m not ready now then I’m never going to be ready for domestic level.  At the moment though I’m thinking about no one apart from Tyrone Nurse.”

“The first fight between Liam and Tyrone was a good one, but it came too early for Liam and with such short notice he was always up against it,” assessed Wood.  “I think this time it will be even better, both need to win – I’m not sure where Tyrone goes if he loses, and Liam has been asking for a big fight, and now’s the time for him to make his mark.”

VIP Promotions presents an evening of boxing at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse on November 17.  Headlining will be Middleton’s Liam Taylor and Huddersfield’s Tyrone Nurse in a British Welterweight Title eliminator.

Also appearing will be Salford’s Luke Evans and Luke Vaughan; Manchester’s Charlie Schofield, Brad Rea and Kane Gardner; Delph’s Andy Kremner; Leeds’ Bob Ajisafe; Rochdale’s Muhammad Ali; Oldham’s Joe Eko; and Liverpool’s Adam Farrell.

Tickets priced at £35 (general), £60 (ringside) are available from all boxers, or at vipboxing.tv 

The show will also be streamed live and free at vipboxing.tv

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BOB AJISAFE: ‘I’D JUMP AT THE CHANCE TO FIGHT YARDE, BUATSI OR JOHNSON’


Anthony Yarde, Callum Johnson, and Joshua Buatsi may be flying high at light heavyweight, but Bob Ajisafe says he would jump at the chance of facing any of them.Ajisafe – the former British and Commonwealth Light Heavyweight champion, as well as an IBO World Title challenger – returns to action on November 17 at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse, and the 33-year-old has the young guns in his sights.

“I’d fight any of them, and I’m confident I could beat all of them,” said Ajisafe, 17-3 (7), who is returning to action after over a year’s hiatus.  “Buatsi is up and coming and looks a good prospect, and I’d love a fight with Callum Johnson. 

“I’ve seen a few of Anthony Yarde’s fights, but who has he really fought?  He hasn’t fought anyone in the top ten; he’s got a good ranking with the WBO because his promoter has pushed him down that route, but who has he fought domestically?  He hasn’t even won a domestic title, apart from the Southern Area.  When is he actually going to fight someone credible?  Don’t get me wrong, I understand the process and they’re building him up, but I’d happily take that fight.”

Ajisafe – who holds wins over Travis Dickinson, Dean Francis, and Ovill McKenzie, and who once had Tony Bellew on the canvas before losing in 2010 – has previously found himself in the ‘who needs him’ club.  Defensively very good, but with a solid punch, the dangerous Leeds man has been an avoided fighter in the past. 

Now fully fit after recovering from various injuries that have kept him inactive, he is aiming to shed the ring rust on his November return and then start chasing the big fights.  Happy to compete at either light heavyweight or cruiserweight, Ajisafe has faith in manager Steve Wood’s ability to guide him, and insists there is much more to come from him yet.

“I want to get as many big fights as I can.  I’d love to get the European Title, and I’d like a world title shot again.  I’m happy with what I’ve accomplished in my career so far, but there’s more to come.  I know I’m still not finished. 

“If my career can be moved on and I get the right opportunities then I feel like I have a lot left.  Steve has been trying to get me work but he knows no one wants to fight me and it’s difficult for him, but I’m a loyal person and I’m confident he can do it. 

“Whatever the right opportunities come up, then I’ll fight at cruiserweight or I can get down to light heavyweight.  I’m not going to burn myself out though if there aren’t any suitable opportunities at light heavy. 

“For now, I’m looking forward to getting in there on November 17th and putting on a good display; put on a good showing and move on from there.  It’s just going to be good to get active again, it’s been a frustrating time being out with injuries, but it’s good to be back on the scene, and I want to stay busy.”

“I still believe Bob can get to the top,” said Steve Wood, “he’s already shown the kind of ability he has by winning the British Title and fighting for a version of the world title, and it’s just a shame that injuries have stalled his career a little.

“He’s back now, injury free, and we’re looking to get him active in 2019.  Obviously if he keeps on winning then the top fighters won’t be able to avoid him, and we’ll be able to get him into the kind of fights where he belongs.  He’s a good addition to the Victoria Warehouse card, and it’s a good opportunity for Bob to put on an exciting performance to remind everyone what he’s about.”

VIP Promotions presents an evening of boxing at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse on November 17.  Appearing will be Middleton’s Liam Taylor; Salford’s Luke Evans and Luke Vaughan; Manchester’s Charlie Schofield, Brad Rea and Kane Gardner; Delph’s Andy Kremner; Leeds’ Bob Ajisafe; Rochdale’s Muhammad Ali; Oldham’s Joe Eko; and Liverpool’s Adam Farrell.

Tickets priced at £35 (general), £60 (ringside) are available from all boxers, or at vipboxing.tv and Eventim.co.uk

The show will also be streamed live and free at vipboxing.tv

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KNIFE ATTACK BOXER WANTS TO BE KNOWN FOR HIS BOXING


The boxing ring might seem like a scary place, but Luke Evans will never experience anything as terrifying inside the ropes as he has outside them.  Last year, the 22-year-old was subjected to a horrific knife attack that left him with life-changing injuries and threatened to end his flourishing boxing career. 

Just over 12 months on and Luke returns to action for his second ring appearance since that fateful night when he gets an outing at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse on November 17.  Determined to remain positive, Luke says his experiences have helped give him a sense of perspective about life, and that he now wants to be known for his boxing ability.

“The boxing ring has never been a scary place, for me,” explained Luke, who is trained by Blaine Younis at Ricky Hatton’s Hyde gym. 

“I don’t think boxing is scary, but life is – it’s definitely scarier.  You get punched in the face for a living but it’s not the same as getting a knife in the face so, in that sense, I don’t think anything hits harder than what I’ve been through. What I experienced that night in August 2017, I don’t think you can get any scarier than that.  But I’ve come out the other side, I’ve got my career back, and hopefully [manager] Steve Wood can push me onto bigger and better things in the near future. 

“It’s important for me to be known for my boxing now.  The attack did bring a lot of media attention which is a good thing, but it’s also for the wrong reasons.  If I’d had my way, the coverage would have been about my boxing rather than the attack.  Obviously, in boxing you need attention and difficult things have happened to other fighters like Anthony Crolla, Jamie Moore, and Kell Brook, and I’ve just been trying to follow in their footsteps with how they’ve dealt with it.”

Unbeaten Evans, currently 8-0, has title ambitions and is hopeful he will pick up his first belt next year.  The Salford native has a tricky end-of-the-year ahead, with his attack court case looming, but is eyeing a 2019 Central Area Title tilt as the first port-of-call in his chase for honours.  Hoping to campaign at light-welterweight in the future, Luke’s dream is of one day winning the Lonsdale Belt.  Picking up the British Title is not an easy task for any pro but, with the determination he’s already shown in life, don’t back against Luke in achieving his ambition.

“The aim this year is to finish at 9-0.  There’s a lot of stuff going on outside of boxing which will be a major distraction soon, like the court case.  So that will take up the rest of this year.  I’m then hoping to get down to light welter and hopefully pick up my first title; the Central Area belt. 

“I never want to call anyone out but if a fight is made I’ll take it.  There will be a lot of local boxers thinking the same, but I believe that title is there for me next year, and I don’t care who I fight for it because I believe I’m the best of the crop.  I think the title is currently held by Ryan Mulcahy who is a Scouse lad, so that would make for a great fight because it would be Manchester versus Liverpool, but I don’t know if he’s pushing onto bigger things or if the title is vacant.  Hopefully it will be the first of many though.  My long-term goal is to become British champion, and if I do that then I’ve succeeded in my intentions.

“For now, I’m just looking forward to getting back in the ring on November 17.  It’ll be amazing.  I wish I’d had my first fight back after the attack at the Victoria Warehouse.  All the pressure is off now, I’ve got a great fan base in Salford and am looking forward to getting back. I want to put on a show for everyone and am happy for my fans to see me back.”

VIP Promotions presents an evening of boxing at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse on November 17.  Appearing will be Middleton’s Liam Taylor; Salford’s Luke Evans and Luke Vaughan; Manchester’s Charlie Schofield, Brad Rea and Kane Gardner; Delph’s Andy Kremner; Leeds’ Bob Ajisafe; Rochdale’s Muhammad Ali; Oldham’s Joe Eko; and Liverpool’s Adam Farrell.

Tickets priced at £35 (general), £60 (ringside) are available from all boxers, or at vipboxing.tv and Eventim.co.uk

The show will also be streamed live and free at vipboxing.tv

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BROGAN READY FOR ‘BEEFY’ TEST


 
Steve Brogan, 12-1-2 (2), tops the bill at the Liverpool Olympia on Saturday September 29, live on vipboxing.tv. The fighter from Skelmersdale will contest the vacant Central Area Lightweight Title against late replacement Brad ‘Beefy’ Botham, 5-5-1 (1), after the withdrawal of original opponent, Shakeeb Ali.
 
Despite the change, Brogan says he isn’t fazed. The 34-year-old recently chatted to VIP TV and explained how – if victorious – he is hoping the belt will be the springboard onto bigger titles.
 

 
“He’s not a journeyman; he’s coming to win the title,” said Brogan. “I’ve seen a couple of his fights. He looks a good kid, comes forward and had been in a couple of Central Area Title fights before. So, he’s got the experience. He’s good, he fights in the pocket and I’m looking forward to it. I’m grateful to be topping the bill at The Olympia. It’s a proper fighting venue, and the undercard is great with loads of talent on.”
 
“There’s always a great atmosphere at the Olympia,” said promoter, Steve Wood. “This will be a good fight and, despite Botham getting the opportunity late, that could work in his favour because there’s no pressure on him. We’ve had Botham on our shows before and he will definitely give Steve a very good test. So, this headliner will make for good viewing for the fans, and we’ve got an entertaining undercard too featuring local fighters including Tom Farrell, and Luke Willis.”
 
VIP Promotions presents Skelmersdale’s Steve Brogan against Yorkshire’s Brad Botham for the vacant Central Area Lightweight Title at the Liverpool Olympia on September 29.
 
Appearing on the undercard will be Liverpool’s Luke Willis, Lloyd Campbell, Tom Farrell, Adam Farrell, Tom McGuinness and Marcel Braithwaite.
 
Tickets are priced at £30 (upper balcony), £35 (lower balcony), £40 (ground floor), and £60 (ringside) – please call 01942 874 241 or visit vipboxing.tv.
 
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LIVERPOOL’S WILLIS: ‘I’M GUNNING FOR SEAN DODD AND SCOTT CARDLE’


 
With his hand troubles behind him, Liverpool’s Luke Willis is gunning for the big names from the British lightweight division as heads into his next outing on September 29 at Liverpool’s Olympia.
 
The Scouser has cruised to 7-0 (1) with the use of just one mitt but, after a successful operation, says he is now firing on all cylinders and is willing to take on all-comers.
 
The VIP Promotions’ Olympia card is headlined by Skelmersdale’s Steve Brogan fighting for the Central Area Lightweight belt again Yorkshire’s Brad Botham, live on vipboxing.tv. Confident Willis wants the chance to box for that title next; as well as fancying his chances against Birkenhead’s former Commonwealth champ Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd, and ex-British champion Scott Cardle.
 
“I can box, fight and counter-punch, but my best attribute is hitting and not getting hit,” explained Luke. “When someone comes at me, when I’m in a 50-50 fight, then you’ll see the best of me. I’m training well, and my hand is sound, and you’ll see at this next show and then the big fights afterwards that [manager] Steve [Wood] has promised me.
 
“Steve Brogan is a good friend of mine, but if it got offered and we both took it, then great. Steve’s a friend but I’m levels above him, and he’d say so himself. I’ll fight anyone; if you’re not in my gym, then you’re not on my team and you’re against me. That’s my attitude.
 
“The fight I’m gunning for though is Sean Dodd, or Cardle. They’re the two fighters I really want; I want their scalps on my record. I’ve got the beating of them, and I want to test myself. I want the opportunity and I’m ready for them right now. Don’t get me wrong, they’re game fighters and I’m not saying they’d be scared of me, but once my name gets mentioned they know they’ll have their work cut out. In the boxing world, people know I’m a handful.”
 
Willis is from a notable Liverpool fighting family that includes his uncle Tony, a one-time Olympic medallist, and former British Lightweight Champion. Southpaw Luke is keen to point out though that, although he has been fighting all his life, he has made his own way in the sport. The 27-year-old, who has plenty of fight-game insiders believing in his ability, is convinced, with the right backing and opportunities, he can go all the way.
 
“I’ve been boxing since I was a baby. It’s in my blood, it’s who I’ve been brought up to be. When I was about eleven, Tony was a bit of an inspiration, but it’s more about the name and having something to live up to. There’s a bit of pressure because I’m a Willis, but them as people, they’ve been no inspiration, they’ve never helped me. Don’t get me wrong, Tony and Kenny were quality boxers, I can’t take that away from them, but I can’t speak about people I don’t know. I want to outdo them, Tony won a British Title, so I want to win a European or World belt. I want to do one better and show I’m cut from a different cloth.
 
“I don’t want to be sitting here saying I can be world champion but, genuinely, with decent sponsors and Steve [Wood] backing me one hundred per cent, then I really believe I could be. My sole goal right now is to become British champion, I’ve got my heart set on that British Title. And I don’t want to win it against a nobody, I want to beat the best, so I become the ‘man’. When I win the British and have defended it, then we’ll see how far I can go. I’m not looking past September 29th, any fight I fight is a world title fight because nothing is promised to anyone. But, given the right opportunities, I know with my ability I can go all the way.”
 
VIP Promotions presents Skelmersdale’s Steve Brogan against Yorkshire’s Brad Botham for the vacant Central Area Lightweight Title at the Liverpool Olympia on September 29.

 

Appearing on the undercard will be Liverpool’s Luke Willis, Lloyd Campbell, Tom Farrell, Adam Farrell, Tom McGuinness and Marcel Braithwaite.

Ticket info are priced at £30 (upper balcony), £35 (lower balcony), £40 (ground floor), and £60 (ringside) – please call 01942 874 241 or visit vipboxing.tv.

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