CATTERALL WANTS TAYLOR CLASH


IF EVERYTHING PLAYS out according to plan, Jack Catterall would like to be contemplating a world title unification clash against Josh Taylor in the not too distant future.

There are several obstacles standing in the way of such a prospect at present, not least the fact that Catterall has got his mandatory challenge to the WBO world super lightweight champion Maurice Hooker to navigate past first.

Taylor, meanwhile, is heavily embroiled in the World Boxing Super Series, where the Scot is scheduled to take on Ivan Baranchyk for the IBF belt at the semi-final stage in Glasgow next month.

If successful, the Edinburgh man will face either Regis Prograis or Kiryl Relikh in the final, with the WBA belt also on the line.

Catterall makes Taylor the favourite to emerge from the series with the bounty.

“The World Boxing Super Series is going on in the background in the meantime and the favourites to win it in my book are either Josh Taylor or Regis Prograis,” reasoned the 23-0 Catterall ahead of his own return to the ring on April 27 at Wembley. “I do pick Josh over Prograis slightly, although I have not seen too much of the American.

“My ideal scenario would be for me to win my world title and Josh to win the WBSS. Then we could get together for a unification fight.

“I’ve thought about fighting Josh because I’ve got to be looking at all the guys in the top ten in my division. Everyone is with different promoters but these fights are always possible. For me it is an obvious fight for the future,” added the 25-year-old who clearly backs himself against the best the division has to offer.

“I have definitely got the beating of him and I think I have got the beating of all the guys if I prepare right.”

In the meantime, Catterall will keep busy ahead of his shot at Hooker with a slot on the card at the SSE Arena, live on BT Sport. It is an assignment he views as essential but one he must view with caution given that his big opportunity is firmly on the horizon.

“I am definitely happy and grateful for the opportunity to get a fight at Wembley because it will keep me in a good place physically and mentally. I am under no illusion going into this fight that I have got to treat every one like a world title.

“I’m hoping to pick up a good win on April 27 and really kick on from then. It is a catch 22 because I can’t sit on the fence, not be active and earn no wages until my shot. I’ve just got to get a win and go from there.”
 
Daniel Dubois v Richard Lartey tops the bill at the SSE Arena, Wembley on April 27 on a card that also includes the Commonwealth super middleweight title fight between Lerrone Richards and Tommy Langford, as well as the Southern Area super middleweight title clash between Zak Chelli and Jimmy Smith. WBO European super flyweight champion Sunny Edwards and WBO European super featherweight champion Archie Sharp also feature.

Chorley-boxer Jack Catterall will be in action as he edges ever-closer to a world title challenge. Rangy Super Welterweight talent Hamzah Sheeraz will be back out after his impressive win over Rod Douglas Jnr. Hard hitting middleweight and Peacock gym product Denzel Bentley (9-0) and Belfast amateur middleweight star Caoimhin Agyarko will also return to action. There is a Queensberry debut for Sheffield middleweight Shakiel Thompson (2-0) – with Thompson being tipped by sparring partner Billy Joe Saunders as a star for the future. Ilford Super Middleweight Umar Sadiq (4-1) also returns as he looks to rebuild after his first career loss. Tunde Ajayi trained lightweight Bilal Ali (1-0) will have his second professional fight after making a successful start to his pro career, with Hoddesdon super lightweight Alfie Price set for his fifth.

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CATTERALL UNHAPPY ABOUT ‘LITTLE GRASSHOPPER’ JAB FROM HOOKER


JACK CATTERALL IS hopping mad over being likened to an insect by his forthcoming world title foe Maurice Hooker.

The 25-year-old from Chorley – who returns to the ring at the SSE Arena, Wembley on April 27 – has worked his way into the mandatory challenger position for the WBO world super lightweight title held by the Texan Hooker.

The unbeaten Catterall undertook a little working holiday recently to watch Hooker make a second defence of his title against Mikkel LesPierre in New York, where the 29-year-old laboured to a points victory.

Since Catterall made himself known to ‘Mighty Mo’, the champion has acknowledged his challenge across social media by describing him as a ‘little grasshopper’.

Definition: A plant-eating insect with long hind legs which are used for jumping and for producing a chirping sound.

“He has since called me a ‘little grasshopper’ twice, which I am not happy about,” responded Catterall this week in his Fighter Diary posted on frankwarren.com.

“I don’t even know what he means by it or trying to get out of it.”

Insect references aside, Catterall is happy to have made the acquaintance of his future opponent and is convinced he will soon be parting him from his title.

“I treated it like a work trip, just in and out, because I am not a loud person and didn’t want to make too much noise.

“The way it unfolded went well for me, I got a bit of publicity from it and people know now that I am the No.1 contender. He certainly knows and I made a statement by travelling out to watch him, which I think was a smart move.

“I got to see him up close again for the second time and now I am even more convinced that I can beat him. I saw him before the fight, a couple of hours before the show started, and I wished him luck for the fight.

“So he knew I was there and then you will have seen the little clip in the ring when he got his victory. He let me know that I would be getting my shot at the title soon enough.”

The 23-0 Catterall, who calls himself ‘El Gato’, was not overly impressed with Hooker’s display against LesPierre after the champion was forced to make several return visits to the scales the day before the fight.

“Looking at the fight in comparison to when he beat Terry Flanagan, I would say that it wasn’t his greatest performance and he was much better against Terry and in his first defence.

“Whether him going downhill is to do with weight issues? I know he struggled to make it this time, so maybe that is why he didn’t perform.

“I didn’t think the opponent, even though he was undefeated, had really earned a shot at the title and I was a bit surprised over the success he had in snippets in the fight. I thought Hooker would make a statement with this guy and blow him out of the water, but it proved to be different.

“He is an awkward customer though with his long reach and the height, but if you look at my record I have boxed them all and had plenty of tall opponents like Nathan Brough, Tyrone McKenna, Tyrone Nurse – and Ohara with his extra-long arms!”

It is now a waiting game for Catterall due to Hooker’s stated intention of having an interim fight on home soil.

“I am still in the waiting room for my shot at the title and it seems like he is going to have another fight before defending against me. I’m hearing he will have a summer defence as a homecoming in Dallas and I’m hoping not too long after that we can get it on.

“I am prepared to go to America if needs be and there are a couple of ways I have looked at it. As a child, when you think of big fights, you always dream of winning in America and fighting away from home. I know he is the champion and you have got to make a statement and really take the belt off him.

“It honestly won’t bother me where the fight is, whether it is over here or over there.”
 
Daniel Dubois v Richard Lartey tops the bill at the SSE Arena, Wembley on April 27 on a card that also includes the Commonwealth super middleweight title fight between Lerrone Richards and Tommy Langford, as well as the Southern Area super middleweight title clash between Zak Chelli and Jimmy Smith. WBO European super flyweight champion Sunny Edwards and WBO European super featherweight champion Archie Sharp also feature.

Chorley-boxer Jack Catterall will be in action as he edges ever-closer to a world title challenge. Rangy Super Welterweight talent Hamzah Sheeraz will be back out after his impressive win over Rod Douglas Jnr. Hard hitting middleweight and Peacock gym product Denzel Bentley (9-0) and Belfast amateur middleweight star Caoimhin Agyarko will also return to action. There is a Queensberry debut for Sheffield middleweight Shakiel Thompson (2-0) – with Thompson being tipped by sparring partner Billy Joe Saunders as a star for the future. Ilford Super Middleweight Umar Sadiq (4-1) also returns as he looks to rebuild after his first career loss. Tunde Ajayi trained lightweight Bilal Ali (1-0) will have his second professional fight after making a successful start to his pro career, with Hoddesdon super lightweight Alfie Price set for his fifth.

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‘THE TIME IS NOW’ WEIGHTS AND RUNNING ORDER


 
The following are the weights and the running order for ‘The Time is Now’ at the Morningside Leicester Arena on Saturday night. The show is live on BT Sport from 8:30pm and remaining tickets are available to purchase at the arena.
 
Fight #1 @ 17:00hrs
 
4×3 Minute Rounds Welterweight Contest
Callum Blockley vs Danny Little (weigh-in on the day)
 
Fight #2
 
4×3 Minute Rounds International Light-Heavyweight Contest
Ryan Hatton 12st 8lbs 5oz vs Przemyslaw Binienda (weigh-in on the day)
 
Fight #3
 
6×3 Minute Rounds International Featherweight Contest
Raza Hamza 9st 14oz vs Johnson Tellez 8st 13lbs 12oz
 
Fight #4
 
8×3 Minute Rounds International Middleweight Contest
Mark Heffron 11st 8lbs 2oz vs Aryee Ayiytey 11st 7lbs 6oz
 
Fight #5
 
6×3 Minute Rounds Super-Welterweight Contest
CJ Challenger 11st vs Scott James 11st 12oz
 
BT SPORT GO LIVE @ 20:30HRS
 
Fight #6
 
THE VACANT WBO INTERCONTINENTAL SUPER-FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12×3 Minute Rounds @ 130lbs
 
Sam Bowen 9st 3lbs 14oz vs Horacio Alfredo Cabral
 
Fight #7
 
THE INTERIM WBO WORLD FEMALE FLYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
10×2 Minute Rounds @112lbs
 
Nicola Adams OBE 7st 13lbs 10oz vs Isabel Millan 7st 13lbs 4oz
 
Fight #8
 
10×3 Minute Rounds International Heavyweight Contest
Daniel Dubois 17st 1lb vs Kevin Johnson 18st 4lbs
 
Fight #9
 
THE WBO INTERCONTINENTAL SUPER-LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12×3 Minute Rounds @140lbs
 
Jack Catterall 9st 13lbs 15oz vs Ohara Davies 9st 13lbs 14oz
 
Fight #10
 
THE WBO EUROPEAN SUPER-FETHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
10×3 Minute Rounds @130lbs
 
Lyon Woodstock 9st 3lbs 11oz vs Archie Sharp 9st 3lbs 9oz
 
BT SPORT LIVE BROADCAST CONCLUDES @00:00HRS
 
Fight #13- Floater
 
4×3 Minute Rounds International Flyweight Contest
Joe Maphosa 8st 3lbs 12oz vs Gyula Dodu 7st 13lbs 12oz

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SAM BOWEN READY TO BECOME FULL-TIME FIGHTER


 
SAM BOWEN hopes for a double celebration this weekend winning his second professional title and preparing to quit his day job.
 
He challenges Horacio Alfredo Cabral (21-2) for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Super Featherweight Title at Leicester’s Morningside Arena on Saturday (October 6).
 
But Ibstock’s British champion still works full-time building digger engines for Caterpillar meaning he has to run in the morning and can only get to the gym in the evenings.
 
He recently signed a promotional deal with Frank Warren and says: “Signing a promotional agreement with Frank and boxing on BT Sport will hopefully change things.
 
“I have spoken to my manager Carl Greaves and after this fight we need to look at a sponsor to cover my wages.
 
“I earn good money at my job and my son is only four months old so I cannot just jack my job in.
 
“While I can do my job and box I will, but the fights are getting serious and harder now that I am promoted by Frank.
 
“I don’t know really know rivals like Zelfa Barrett, Archie Sharp and Leon Woodstock, but I think they are all full-time professionals. The majority of lads at my level are training full-time.
 
“Becoming a full-time boxer will only benefit myself and everyone around me.”
 
Argentinian Cabral, 29, caused a big upset on the road last year when he toppled unbeaten Logan McGuinness in Canada – his only fight outside his homeland.
 
Bowen (13-0) insists having to work 40 hour weeks has not hindered his training ahead of debut on a Warren bill.
 
“I am lacking rest at the moment and my body is always sore, but I am super-fit and do not miss training because of work,” added the 26-year-old.
 
“After the morning run a lot of champion boxers rest and have their food, I am straight to work. Rest is as important as training.”
 
‘The Time Is Now’ is headlined by Jack Catterall v Ohara Davies. Leicester’s own, Lyon Woodstock defends his WBO European Super-Featherweight title against Archie Sharp. Heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois takes on former world title challenger Kevin Johnson. Olympian and double gold medallist Nicola Adams will be fighting Isabel Millan for the Interim WBO World Female Flyweight Title and Leicester’s British Super-Featherweight champion Sam Bowen also feature on a major night of boxing televised live on BT Sport.
 
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GARNER PUNCHING IN GOOD COMPANY


 
AFTER A MEDICAL mishap resulted in him missing out on a June date, Ryan Garner has been keeping good company as he prepares for a return to the ring at the Morningside Arena in Leicester on Saturday.
 
The featherweight prospect – who faces Elvis Guillen in his eighth professional contest – after sparring Carl Frampton in the build-up to the Jackal’s huge Windsor Park occasion against Luke Jackson, has maintained the Northern Irish theme by trading friendly fire against Michael Conlan.
 
The 20-year-old also embarked on a week-long camp to join British featherweight champion Ryan Walsh for sparring over in Tenerife.
 
“Obviously I was supposed to fight in June but on the Thursday before the fight we got a call to say that my brain scan was out of date and we couldn’t get it done in time,” reflected Ryan on being absent from the 02 Arena show.
 
“I was gutted but it was just a mistake from us. It won’t happen again, don’t worry, we’ve all got it written down now – my mum, my dad, all of us.
 
“For this fight now I have sparred Michael Conlan for my last spar of camp and before that we were over in Tenerife sparring Ryan Walsh. That was a really good week and we did an eight and ten round spar together.
 
“It was just the whole different thing training out there and I really enjoyed it. All your focus on is solely on training and resting, so it made a really good camp for me.
 
“Conlan is technically very good and a real tricky customer. He gets you thinking and that is what you need.”
 
Exchanging blows with British champion Walsh and blue chip prospect Conlan provides Ryan with a useful measuring stick when it comes to charting his own progress in the pro game.
 
“I’m getting closer and closer every day, I feel. With every camp I’m having I am getting better and better all the time,” he stated, before adding that he is banking on his promoter Frank Warren steering him towards title contention next year now the pair have renewed their promotional pact.
 
“We have signed a new contract just to show we are both committed to each other and I owe him massively because he has been there for me through thick and thin.
 
“We are putting our futures together and I am happy about that because he has stuck by me and I truly believe that he can take me to where I want to be.
 
“We’ve got a good relationship and he rates me, so why would I want to go anywhere else?
 
“I look forward to getting a title next year.”
 
‘The Time Is Now’ is headlined by Jack Catterall v Ohara Davies. Leicester’s own, Lyon Woodstock defends his WBO European Super-Featherweight title against Archie Sharp. Heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois takes on former world title challenger Kevin Johnson. Olympian and double gold medallist Nicola Adams will be fighting Isabel Millan for the Interim WBO World Female Flyweight Title and Leicester’s British Super-Featherweight champion Sam Bowen also feature on a major night of boxing televised live on BT Sport.
 
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HAMZA RETURNS IN LEICESTER AFTER LOSS OF HIS BROTHER


 
Raza Hamza will step back into the ring for the first time since the tragic death of his younger brother. Hamza’s 21-year-old brother Amir Chaand was killed in a road crash in July, Raza described the tragedy as “losing my best friend.”
 
The Brummie boxer looks forward to getting back into the ring in Leicester on October 6th and admits that whoever the opponent, the fight will be a test of his strength; mentally rather than physically.
 
“Everything that’s happened recently with me, losing my younger brother, I’m just waiting to see how I react in the ring” said the 26-year-old.
 
He continued: “This will be the first time my brother won’t be there so the most important thing for me is how I react without my brother being there watching me. I’m looking forward to coming back and seeing how I perform.
 
“The adversity’s I’ve been through in my life, boxing doesn’t worry me no more. I’ve got nothing to lose now and I believe that makes me a very dangerous person in the ring.
 
“My hunger has always been there and I now have another reason to be a great fighter and my brother has given me that extra drive to push on.”
 
Hamza turned professional in 2015 and has so far accumulated a record consisting of ten victories and one draw.
 
Opponent pull-outs has been an unlucky reoccurrence in the past 12 months, including a big step-up clash with former WBO European champion Lewis Pettitt falling through in June.
 
“The Pettitt pull out I feel has made me go a little stale, I’m still waiting for that big breakthrough.
 
“At the end of the day I just want to fight, and I want to fight somebody who wants to fight me back, has the same ambitions as me, is coming to win like me and then we will see how good I am. On my day, nobody beats me.”
 
‘The Time Is Now’ is headlined by Jack Catterall v Ohara Davies. Leicester’s own, Lyon Woodstock defends his WBO European Super-Featherweight title against Archie Sharp. Heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois takes on former world title challenger Kevin Johnson. Olympian and double gold medallist Nicola Adams will be fighting Isabel Millan for the Interim WBO World Female Flyweight Title and Leicester’s British Super-Featherweight champion Sam Bowen also feature on a major night of boxing televised live on BT Sport.
 
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ADAMS OUT TO KO MILLAN AND WOW NEW FANS


 
NICOLA ADAMS believes a fourth straight knockout win is the best way to keep her fan base growing.
 
Adams (4-0) faces her first major professional test when she meets Mexican Isabel Millan (22-4-1) for the vacant interim WBO female Flyweight crown at Leicester’s Morningside Arena on Saturday October 6.
 
He last three opponents Maryan Salazar, Soledad Macedo and Soledad del Valle Frias have all been stopped inside three rounds.
 
Now, the double Olympic gold medallist whose popularity is soaring expects experienced Millan to go the same way.
 
Adams, 35, said: “I am happy to get a reputation as a puncher and I want that to continue. That is what people want to see.
 
“They want to see entertaining fights. They want to see knockouts and that is what I want to continue to deliver.
 
“I just hope Isabel comes ready to fight because I want to put on a show for the crowd and then it’s onto the next one.
 
“My coaches have had a good look at her. We have the tactics in place and I am not worried at all.”
 
If she comes through against Millan, promoter Frank Warren is confident of luring full WBO champion Arely Mucino to Britain to defend against Adams.
 
But Adams won’t be content with her fight career until she has dominated all the flyweight division champions besides Mucina – Leonela Paola Yudica (IBF), Naoko Fujioka (WBA) and Ibeth Zamora Silva (WBC).
 
“I want to unify the flyweight division and I may do a little bit more in boxing after, but that is my goal right now,” she added.
 
“There are so many more girls and women getting involved in boxing now at amateur level and I’m sure that will filter through to the pros.
 
“It will be nice to sit back when I have retired and watch all the British girls winning tournaments, Olympic medals and going on to be world champions as professionals.”
 
The Time Is Now’ is headlined by Jack Catterall v Ohara Davies. Leicester’s own, Lyon Woodstock defends his WBO European Super-Featherweight title against Archie Sharp. Heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois takes on former world title challenger Kevin Johnson. Olympian and double gold medallist Nicola Adams will be fighting Isabel Millan for the Interim WBO World Female Flyweight Title and Leicester’s British Super-Featherweight champion Sam Bowen also feature on a major night of boxing televised live on BT Sport.
 
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LYON WOODSTOCK WARNS: “DON’T CALL OUT THE CANDYMAN”

Boxing – Frank Warren Press Conference – The Landmark London, London, Britain – August 2, 2018 Lyon Woodstock Jr, Frank Warren and Archie Sharp pose for a photo after the press conference Action Images via Reuters/Adam Holt

 

LYON WOODSTOCK WAS in the closing stages of rehabilitation from what he initially believed to be a career-threatening back injury when he began to get wind of a challenge to him emanating from down south that he was more than happy to accommodate.
 
Earlier this year Woodstock suffered a severe trapped nerve in his back that left him stricken on the canvas at his Leicester training base awaiting medical assistance. He was consigned to months of painstaking recovery and strengthening before he was handed the date he craved for a return to the ring on the Josh Warrington undercard at Elland Road in May.
 
After defeating a stubborn Edwin Tellez in a useful workout over eight rounds the call from a Kent super featherweight counterpart grew louder and now we have some fight on our hands between two unbeaten contenders.
Lyon Woodstock v Archie Sharp takes place at the Leicester Arena on October 6, live and exclusive on BT Sport.
 
“We got a date and a steady workout against Tellez and then, all of a sudden, I start hearing that Mr Archie ‘not that’ Sharp is chatting bob saying ‘we asked for this fight, they declined it bla bla bla’,” recalled Woodstock in his latest Fighter Diary, posted on www.frankwarren.com
 
“Listen, what did he want me to do? Actually if I was allowed to fight him lying on the floor I would still have taken it, somehow.
 
“Nobody has ever called me out really. Even in the little spat I had with Mitchell Smith he wasn’t calling me out, so this is the first guy trying to talk my name.
 
“I was like ‘ok, let’s get it on then’. I said a date for the Leeds show because I knew I was on it and thought ‘f**k it, come on then’ and he was like ‘no, no, no, we’ll do it in September’.
 
“I was like ‘you’ve spoke my name now’. I am like the Candyman, you say my name three times and I’m gonna come and get you!
 
“But he was still on about September and I thought alright, fine, and left it at that. Now, here we are going to have a fight in early October.”
 
A fiery press conference soon followed, but Woodstock is at something of a loss to explain the roots of this new found rivalry.
 
“There really has been no history here, just him calling my name and that is what you get from these privileged boys, who like to do that.
 
“I just see it as another challenge, another moment for me to show everyone who I am and prove to everyone that I am the real business and I will be here for a long time as well.
 
“I haven’t seen a lot of him fighting but I have seen enough of him. How I see it is that my natural, typical style beats his every day. He is going to have to pull something special out of the bag to beat me.
 
“I keep hearing about his time as an amateur but that doesn’t mean sh*t. If you want to bring up stuff that I was doing at 16, what relevance does it have now.
 
“We’re in the pro game now and, really, you don’t want to know what I was getting up at 16!
 
“What we are doing now is big boys sport, a man’s game and only the grown ups will survive, so we will see.
 
“It is a good match-up though that people like to see and it is what I got into boxing for – the big fights, the big stages, the big crowds, big money, the glory, everything.
 
“It is what I am here for. I ain’t got no qualms and we will see how he handles himself. I don’t disrespect anyone, but if he chats any sh*t with his little pencil neck, he will drop himself in it. Don’t dig a hole and then jump in it!”
 

The Time Is Now’ is headlined by Jack Catterall v Ohara Davies. Leicester’s own, Lyon Woodstock defends his WBO European Super-Featherweight title against Archie Sharp. Heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois takes on former world title challenger Kevin Johnson. Olympian and double gold medallist Nicola Adams will be fighting Isabel Millan for the Interim WBO World Female Flyweight Title and Leicester’s British Super-Featherweight champion Sam Bowen also feature on a major night of boxing televised live on BT Sport.
 
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KEVIN JOHNSON HAS ‘RENEWED HUNGER’ AFTER THE LOSS OF HIS FATHER


 
Kevin Johnson has new motivation going into his upcoming heavyweight clash with Daniel Dubois.
 
The boxing veteran shared the news that his father had died just a couple of weeks ago, but vows to continue his preparations for the fight and will use his family bereavement as fuel and cause the upset by defeating his largely fancied opponent.
 
“It’s given me so much renewed hunger to win this.” He says, alongside his new training strategies which Johnson has included in his day-to-day training regime. The American believes we will see ‘a new Kevin Johnson’ on October 6th.
 
The former world title challenger has shared the ring with some of the recent best in the heavyweight division including Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua, Kubrat Pulev and of course a world title tilt at then WBC Champion Vitali Klitschko in 2009.
 
Now 21 years old, Dubois is quickly becoming the biggest prospect on the heavyweight scene. The young London fighter has knocked out all eight of his opponents to date.
 
“He’s made a good start” admitted Johnson.
 
He continued: “But it’s a big transition to make, especially for a heavyweight. There is always a danger that they haven’t seen what an experienced, veteran fighter can bring to them. Let’s see what happens when he steps into that ring against me.
 
“He’s going to feel the pressure and how does he react to that? You only know whether you can cope with going up levels once you’re in them. It’s a hard business, and many young prospects have faltered because they find they can’t make the next step. He doesn’t know he will make it, he can’t know!”

 
The Time Is Now’ is headlined by Jack Catterall v Ohara Davies. Leicester’s own, Lyon Woodstock defends his WBO European Super-Featherweight title against Archie Sharp. Heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois takes on former world title challenger Kevin Johnson. Olympian and double gold medallist Nicola Adams will be fighting Isabel Millan for the Interim WBO World Female Flyweight Title and Leicester’s British Super-Featherweight champion Sam Bowen also feature on a major night of boxing televised live on BT Sport.
 
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HEFFRON READY FOR “ONE-DIMENSIONAL” WELBORN


 
MARK HEFFRON insists he is already prepared to rip the British Middleweight title from Jason Welborn.
 
Heffron’s promoter Frank Warren won the purse bids to stage Welborn’s (24-6) second title defence and the fight will take place before the end of this year.
 
Heffron (20-0) will have a warm-up at Leicester’s Morningside Arena on Saturday October 6 before the biggest test of his career.
 
The Oldham puncher who has KO’d 16 of his victims said: “Welborn is pretty one-dimensional, comes forward, looks solid and it is a fight I cannot wait to happen.
 
“I am definitely the bigger, stronger fighter and if he wants to come and meet me in the centre of the ring he’ll realise I’m strong.”
 
“I have been a long time waiting for this chance so I am absolutely buzzing. I couldn’t be more ready.
 
“I have spent time boxing on small shows and now this fight will put me on Frank’s big TV shows. I am hoping it is going to be on the Josh Warrington-Carl Frampton card in December
 
“Fighting on small hall shows and being down the bill on bigger shows has been a great experience and done me good.”
 
Heffron, 26, has been a professional for eight years and is targeting world ranked Martin Murray if he gets past Welborn.
 
He added: “It is one step at a time and all about getting the right fights, but next year if all goes well against Welborn I’m looking at facing men like Martin Murray.
 
“I want to win the British title, make a defence and then move on to men like Martin.”
 
Heffron admits that he has often been accused of jumping trainers during his career, but insists he’s settled under Robert Rimmer.
 
He explained: “My manager Kevin Maree helped me out for the last couple of fights and now I am with Robert.
 
“I get plenty one-to-one time with him and he is always varying training away from the gym with different runs and swimming. There is something different every day.
 
“It looks like I have jumped from gym to gym, but I have been using different gyms when I haven’t had a fight date.
 
“I haven’t actually had lots of trainers like people think because I have been using different gyms when I haven’t had a fight.”
 
Birmingham’s Welborn, 32, took the British title from Tommy Langford on a split decision in May. he repeated that win with another split decision in their rematch earlier this month.
The Time Is Now’ is headlined by Jack Catterall v Ohara Davies. Leicester’s own, Lyon Woodstock defends his WBO European Super-Featherweight title against Archie Sharp. Heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois takes on former world title challenger Kevin Johnson. Olympian and double gold medallist Nicola Adams will be fighting Isabel Millan for the Interim WBO World Female Flyweight Title and Leicester’s British Super-Featherweight champion Sam Bowen also feature on a major night of boxing televised live on BT Sport.
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