PETERBOROUGH WEIGHTS AND RUNNING ORDER

DOORS: 16:30

BOXING STARTS: 16:35

4 x 3 mins Super-Lightweight contest
BRADLEY SMITH 10st 1lb 9oz v OSCAR AMADOR 10st 5lbs 9oz
(St Ives)                                        (Nicaragua)

6 x 3 mins Middleweight contest @ 11st 6lbs
KIERON CONWAY 11st 6lbs 2oz v GABOR GORBICS 11st 6lbs
(Northampton)                                 (Hungary)

17:30 LIVE ON SKY SPORTS FACEBOOK

6 x 3 mins Lightweight
SULTAN ZAURBEK v LESTER CANTILLANO – on the day weigh-in
(Kazakhstan)                             (Nicaragua)

6 x 3 mins Super-Bantamweight
QAIS ASHFAQ 8st 13lbs 3oz v FADHILI MAJIHA 8st 9lbs
(Leeds)                                       (Tanzania)

4 x 3 mins Super-Middleweight contest
JOHN DOCHERTY 12st 1lb 5oz v YAILTON NEVES 11st 13lbs 8oz
(Edinburgh)                                    (Manchester)

19:00 LIVE ON SKY SPORTS 

12 x 3 mins vacant Commonwealth Featherweight contest
LEIGH WOOD 8st 13lbs 8oz v ABRAHAM BONSU 8st 12lbs 9oz
(Nottingham)                            (Ghana)

10 x 3 mins Super-Middleweight contest
ANTHONY SIMS Jr 12st 1lbs 1oz v MATEO DAMIAN VERON 11st 13lbs
(Compton)                                         (Argentina)

10 x 3 mins WBA Inter-Continental Cruiserweight Championship
RICHARD RIAKPORHE 14st 2lbs 8oz v TOMMY McCARTHY 14st 2lbs
(Walworth)                                                 (Belfast)

12 x 3 mins WBA International Featherweight Championship
JORDAN GILL 8st 13lbs 6oz v EMMANUEL DOMINGUEZ 8st 13lbs 7oz
(Chatteris)                                  (Mexico)

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4 x 3 mins Super-Welterweight contest
JOE STEED 11st 2lbs 2oz v MIGUEL AGUILAR 11st 7oz
(Wisbech)                              (Nicaragua)   

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PETERBOROUGH PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

Jordan Gill and Emmanuel Dominguez Final Press Conference ahead of their fight for vacant World Boxing Association International Featherweight Title on saturday night. 27th February 2019 Picture By Mark Robinson.
PETERBOROUGH PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
Frank Smith, CEO of Matchroom Boxing:

“Hello everyone and thank you for joining us here in Peterborough today ahead of a stacked JD NXTGEN show on Saturday night at the East of England Arena. It’s the start of a busy month for Matchroom Boxing. From here we go to Milan, New York, Philadelphia, London and then back to Liverpool. It’s a busy month live on Sky Sports and DAZN. 

“These are the kind of cards that are really going to build up the sport of boxing and the new names of boxing in the UK. We’re very excited to try a new market here in Peterborough. There’s over 2,500 tickets sold and this man to my right (Jordan Gill) has sold 1,200 of those. I think he deserves a round of applause for that. 

“It’s exciting to give the likes of Jordan Gill the opportunity to headline his own show. These are the guys that are hopefully going to come through and make names for themselves in the UK and beyond. This is why the JD NXTGEN series is all about. It’s a huge card stacked from top to bottom.”

Jordan Gill – Chatteris, England – 22-0, 6 KO’s – fighting Emmanuel Dominguez for the Vacant WBA International Featherweight title:

“This is a really big step on the ladder for me. To be headlining in Peterborough so close to my home town is a dream come true and to have such a good card behind me is a dream come true as well. Thanks to Matchroom, thanks to Eddie, thanks to Frank. Also thanks to my manager Dave Coldwell who has worked very hard to get me here. It’s been a long road and I’m just really excited. I’ve had so much support locally – everyone is coming out to watch it. It’s a good arena, its like a big tin shed with a low ceiling so there’s going to be plenty of noise in there. I’m looking forward to soaking up the atmosphere. 

“I think the crowd is going to lift me. I’m going to go out there and enjoy it. When I beat Ryan Doyle in the fashion that I did it made a lot of people in the business stand up and take notice. A lot of people were expecting me to get beat and I knew in my heart that I’d do what I did. For me, this is another step on the ladder and another step forward. To get a WBA top 15 ranking will be great. We can push on and see what happens after that but my sights are firmly set on Emmanuel Dominguez on Saturday night. I think it is going to be a hard fight. I’m expecting 12 rounds of action. They breed them tough in Mexico.”

Emmanuel Dominguez – Aguascalientes, Mexico – 24-7-2, 16 KO’s – fighting Jordan Gill for the Vacant WBA International Featherweight title:

“It’s really nice to be here. Thanks for the welcome. This is the first time that I’ve set foot on British soil and it’s been great. I’d like to thank the promoter of this event Matchroom Boxing for this fantastic opportunity. I think that the experience that I’ve gained fighting in Mexico will help me. Every fight I’ve had in Mexico has been against a really tough opponent. I think it’s very important that I’ve got that backstory. Those tough opponents have helped me develop this massive hunger that I’ve got. I’ve come here to win and I’m carrying that belt back to Mexico. 

“Jordan’s support will serve as an extra inspiration and help to drive me on. We’re over here to try and create a surprise. I’m sure I can win on Saturday night. I have a huge inspiration in the form of my family and the people close to me. It’s a real dream. It’s also a dream of mine to become a World Champion. Jordan represents a real step up in class for me. I hope I can win that belt on Saturday evening.”

Richard Riakporhe – Walworth, London – 8-0, 7 KO’s – making the first defence of his WBA Inter-Continental Cruiserweight title against Tommy McCarthy:

“First of all I want to thank my manager Dillian Whyte for getting me this opportunity. It’s like a dream come true. Boxing on small hall shows at York Hall to fighting on the big stage. I’ve fought on a few of Dillian’s undercards and the Usyk vs. Bellew undercard where I won my first title against Sam Hyde in Manchester. I’ve become like a reference to people all over the World. If you dedicate yourself and strive for greatness then your dreams will come true. It takes a lot of sacrifice and discipline. I’m happy to be here, I’m looking forward to the challenge. 

“I need to take these challenges and deal with them in order to get to where I want to be. If you want to stay at this level then you need to keep on grinding. Tommy said that I’m like a big novice and he’s absolutely right. I’m a big novice with big power, big heart, big will, big desire and ambition. I’m going to leave the ring with my hand raised, by any means necessary.”

Tommy McCarthy – Belfast, Ireland – 13-1, 6 KO’s – challenging Richard Riakporhe for the WBA Inter-Continental Cruiserweight title:

“Thanks for having me and thanks for the opportunity. I feel good, I’m happy to be here and I’m very confident. I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to be on this stage for the past two years. My career got off to a very good start and then it was very stop-start. I feel like I’m back where I belong, fighting in Championship fights on TV. This is a big opportunity and I’m not going to let it slip. I’m ready, I’ve been looking World class in the gym. I’m excited. 

“Lawrence Okolie has cleaned up domestically. A few years ago he wasn’t even a pro and I was leading the pack at Cruiserweight. A win against Richard puts me back into contention for a big fight with Lawrence and beyond. But I’m not looking past Richard because he is undefeated and he’s hungry. I just feel that it’s all down to me on the night. If I perform to my best then I’ll get the win.”

Leigh Wood – Nottingham, England – 20-1, 10 KO’s – fighting Abraham Osei Bonsu for the Vacant Commonwealth Featherweight title:

“I’m very excited. I’m sure it will be an exciting fight on Saturday night. I want to thank Dave Coldwell for delivering this fight for me. Jordan played his part in making this possible and Matchroom Boxing as well. It’s been hard with fights falling through – I was getting a bit down about it all. I’m here now and I’m being trained by Ian Grant. He’s had me all over the place, down in Wales, Nottingham and Sheffield training, he’s even had me down at the National Space Centre training at zero gravity. I’m buzzing, I’m happy and excited. I just want to get in there now and show everyone what I’m about.

“I’m expecting a hard fight and I’ve trained for a hard fight. I’m not looking past it, but after this fight I want to be really busy, fighting two or three more times this year if possible. My eyes are on Saturday night. I’m going to enjoy myself, all the hard work is done.”

Abraham Osei Bonsu – Accra, Ghana – 13-3-1, 11 KO’s – fighting Leigh Wood for the Vacant Commonwealth Featherweight title:

“I just want everyone to understand that I’m here and I’m on a mission and I came for a title. It doesn’t matter how many people are here to support Leigh Wood – I will take that title away.”

Anthony Sims Jr – Indiana, USA – 17-0, 16 KO’s – fighting Mateo Damian Veron in a ten round Super-Middleweight contest:

“I want to thank Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing for having me. It’s great to be back – it’s like my second home. I love being here. I’m basically a Brit now. When I’m looking at a fighter I’m not specific about names or builds or ethnicity. They have two legs and two arms just like me. I just plan to move up and take my time. Rome wasn’t built within one night. Everything worth having in life takes time so I’m going to do the same with my career.”

Mateo Damian Veron – Buenos Aires, Argentina – 28-21-3, 8 KO’s – fighting Anthony Sims Jr in a ten round Super-Middleweight contest:

“Thank you for having me. I’m really excited about this challenge. I’m not scared at all in any way whatsoever. I’ve trained really well and I’m looking forward to the bout. Let the best man win. Anthony Sims is a very good boxer. I feel that we share the same ambitions and beliefs in this industry. We all want to go as far as we possibly can. I think it is going to be a very emotional occasion on Saturday night.”

Joe Steed – Wisbech, England – 4-0 – fighting Miguel Aguilar in a four round Super-Welterweight contest: 

“I can’t wait to show my skills. Training camp has gone well, it’s been based locally. I’ve got some good support coming down and I can’t wait to get the job done and then move on from there.”

John Docherty – Montrose, Scotland – 3-0, 3 KO’s – fighting Yailton Neves in a four round Super-Middleweight contest: 

“I’m feeling good. I’ve had a very good camp, sparring the likes of John Ryder. I’ve got a good journeyman in front of me on Saturday, he’s very slick and he’s not been stopped many times. The Doc is going on the hunt for another knockout and hopefully I can get four knockouts in a row. I’m looking forward to Saturday night and a big performance.

“Ricky Burns is in the gym with me every day and he’s always pushing us on in every session. He wants to do extra work all of the time and that’s the reason he was a World Champion. He’s coming up to watch me on Saturday so hopefully I can put a show on for him. 

Qais Ashfaq – Leeds, England – 4-0, 2 KO’s – fighting Fadhili Majiha in a six round Super-Bantamweight contest:

“I’m really enjoying the pro ranks. I’m having a good time in training and enjoying my boxing. As they say, a happy fighter is a dangerous fighter and I’ve been getting better in every fight. I’ve had a good camp. This kid is a good opponent. He’s got more stoppages than I’ve had fights so that shows how talented and experienced he is. He’s just another hurdle in the way and I’ve got to get over it on Saturday night. 

“As you can see they’re already pushing me very fast – my opponent on Saturday is very experienced. I’m ready for titles whenever my trainer, management and promoter feels I’m ready. Let’s push on. It’s my second year as a pro and I want to get better and better with every single fight. 

Kieron Conway – Northampton, England – 9-0, 3 KO’s – fighting Gabor Gorbics in a six round Middleweight contest:

“I feel good. I had a nice long training camp for this one. My last performance weren’t too good, it started putting doubts in people’s heads. I’m here to make and statement and to get the job done. I’m aiming for titles by the end of this year, at Super-Welter or Middle. Either way, I’m looking for titles this year.”

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GILL: I WANT TO MOVE ON TO WORLD LEVEL

Picture By Mark Robinson.

‘The Thrill’ prepared for war with Dominguez
Jordan Gill is determined to break into the World rankings with a win over Emmanuel Dominguez on Saturday. 

‘The Thrill’ takes on Mexico’s Dominguez for the WBA International Featherweight crown at the East of England Arena in Peterborough, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US, and is expecting a tough nights work.

“He’s been around, he’s seen a lot of things in the ring, and I don’t think he’s going to be too bothered about coming over to England and facing me,” said Gill. “He’s experienced. He’s only been stopped once and that’s by a current World Champion as well, who just beat Isaac Dogboe for the WBO title. 

“Mexican’s are notoriously hard as nails so I’m prepared to go into the trenches with him. He’s coming for a war and we’re going to meet head on. I’ll do anything to get the win and move on towards more big fights. It’s going to be a fun fight, and the fans are in for a treat I think.”

The unbeaten 24-year-old can propel himself among the WBA’s top contenders by taking out Dominguez, and he is eager to push on with his career after claiming the Commonwealth title with a punch-perfect win over Ryan Doyle in his last fight.”That’s what it’s all about. I didn’t get into boxing to become a Commonwealth Champion, even though I’m over the moon to be a Commonwealth Champion, it’s not the end goal. 

“I want to move on to World level, and this fight puts me in the mix, in the top 15 with the WBA, and we can pick a route towards a World title.”As a fighter, you want big fights. You want to be involved in all the fights that people are talking about. Not many people are talking about divisions other than the Featherweight division, because it’s probably the best division in boxing at the moment.””I can reach the top, I’m one hundred per cent confident of that. I’m confident that I will be there, and be there quicker than people imagine. I’m taking one step at a time. I’m fighting one fight at a time, beating one man at a time.”Whatever happens, happens, but I know with the team I’ve got around me, and the way that I’m improving in the gym, that these sort of fights and these sort of accolades aren’t out of the question at all.”Gill vs. Dominguez tops a huge night of action in Peterborough. 

Richard Riakporhe makes the first defence of his WBA Inter-Continental title against Belfast’s 12-1 Tommy McCarthy.
 
Unbeaten Indiana Super-Middleweight contender Anthony Sims Jr fights for the second time in the UK after an explosive debut in Cardiff last summer. 
 
Nottingham’s Leigh Wood clashes with Ghana’s Abraham Osei Bonsu for the vacant Commonwealth Featherweight crown. 
 
Heavy-handed Super-Middleweight prospect John Docherty looks to make if four knockouts from four fights after impressing again on the Garcia vs. Cheeseman undercard at The O2 and Leeds Super-Bantamweight and former Team GB amateur standout Qais Ashfaq aims to go 5-0, and there’s also action on the undercard for Northampton Super-Welterweight Kieron Conway, Wisbech Super-Welterweight Joe Steed and St Ives Super-Lightweight Bradley Smith.

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GILL – I WANT TO BRING BIG TIME BOXING TO THE FENS

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‘The Thrill’ vows to make Peterborough a regular Matchroom fixture
Jordan Gill is determined to turn Peterborough into a regular fixture for Matchroom Boxing. 
 
‘The Thrill’ headlines his first ever show at the East of England Arena on March 2 when he takes on Mexico’s Emmanuel Dominguez for the WBA International Featherweight title, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US. 
 
The Fenland fighter looked flawless last time out when he stopped Ryan Doyle in seven to claim the Commonwealth crown at the Copper Box Arena and is promising to go one better by producing a career-best performance when he fights in his home county for the first time in five years next month. 
 
“Headlining a show is a new challenge for me but it’s something that I’m buzzing for,” said Gill. “It’s more pressure to deal with because everyone is coming out to see me, all eyes are going to be on me as I’m top of the bill. But this is something that I’ve worked towards my whole life and to be in that position on March 2 is awesome. 
 
“When the pressure is on I always deliver. That’s when you see the best in me, when I’m up against it or when I’ve got something to prove. I’m going to thrive under the pressure and I think you’ll see my best performance yet. 
 
“The improvements that I made from the Cunningham fight to the Doyle fight were massive, and since the Doyle fight I’ve improved massively again so I’m looking forward to showing it off. I’m fighting a Mexican so it’s guaranteed to be a fan friendly fight. He’s coming for a war and we’re going to meet head on.”
 
Tickets for next instalment of the increasingly popular JD NXTGEN series are flying and 22-0 Gill hopes another explosive performance on home turf will help persuade Matchroom Boxing head honcho Eddie Hearn to return to the Cambridgeshire venue in the future.  
 
“It would be great for me to lead the way in Peterborough. Everyone in Britain loves boxing at the moment and to bring the sport into a new city is awesome. If I can be the figurehead of that it gives everyone else on the undercard a chance as well. There’s local lads that will want to come through and make a name for themselves so it gives them a platform to perform on. 
 
“There wasn’t any local boxers that I looked up to when I was younger. There were no decent level boxers from around my way, so it was always the big names that I looked up to when I was coming through – the likes of Floyd Mayweather. I’d love to inspire a new generation of fighters in the Fenlands.
 
“Tickets are going fast, it’s been really well-received in Peterborough. It’s really nice to have the support of everyone. It’s a new event locally, people haven’t really experienced high level boxing or a Matchroom Boxing show. There’s a big buzz around the place, everybody wants to come to this event, everybody wants to be there – we’ve seen that with the ticket sales. It’s gone through the roof, I think I’ve done around 800 tickets so far. March 2 is going to be huge.”

Gill vs. Dominguez tops a huge night of action in Peterborough. 

Richard Riakporhe makes the first defence of his WBA Inter-Continental title against Belfast’s 12-1 Tommy McCarthy.
 
Unbeaten Indiana Super-Middleweight contender Anthony Sims Jr fights for the second time in the UK after an explosive debut in Cardiff last summer. 
 
Nottingham’s Leigh Wood clashes with Ghana’s Abraham Osei Bonsu for the vacant Commonwealth Featherweight crown. 
 
Heavy-handed Super-Middleweight prospect John Docherty looks to make if four knockouts from four fights after impressing again on the Garcia vs. Cheeseman undercard at The O2 and Leeds Super-Bantamweight and former Team GB amateur standout Qais Ashfaq aims to go 5-0, and there’s also action on the undercard for Northampton Super-Welterweight Kieron Conway, Wisbech Super-Welterweight Joe Steed and St Ives Super-Lightweight Bradley Smith.

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JORDAN GILL HEADLINES JD NXTGEN SHOW IN PETERBOROUGH

‘The Thrill’ goes for second pro title on March 2
Jordan Gill faces Mexico’s Emmanuel Dominguez for the WBA International Featherweight crown at the East of England Arena in Peterborough on March 2, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US. 
 
The Chatteris man headlines the next instalment of the JD NXTGEN series with his first fight in his home county for five years after he stopped Ryan Doyle to claim the Commonwealth Featherweight title in October.
 
‘The Thrill’ looked flawless against Doyle, dominating proceedings throughout before producing an impressive stoppage in round seven to win the first title of his professional career, and the Dave Coldwell-trained talent is hungry for more titles in 2019.
 
“I’m buzzing to have the chance to bring a big event to the area and put on a show for the fans,” said Gill. “I hope it’s a huge success and will be the first of many shows in the city. With the venue being so close to my hometown I’m confident it will be a complete sell-out.
 
“I haven’t seen much of Dominguez, but Mexicans are renowned for their toughness and I can’t see him being any different. These are exactly the sort of fights I want to be involved in this year. It’s all about pushing on to the World stage now and this is the next step in that direction.”
 
Richard Riakporhe produced a stunning comeback to stop Sam Hyde in the battle of the unbeaten Cruiserweights last time out in Manchester, and the Dillian Whyte-mentored Londoner makes the first defence of his WBA Inter-Continental title against Belfast’s 12-1 Tommy McCarthy next month. 
 
Unbeaten Indiana Super-Middleweight contender Anthony Sims Jr fights for the second time in the UK after an explosive debut in Cardiff last summer. The 23-year-old has reached 17-0 in the paid ranks with 16 of those wins coming inside the distance and is widely tipped to reach the top of the sport.
 
Nottingham’s Leigh Wood clashes with Ghana’s Abraham Osei Bonsu for the vacant Commonwealth Featherweight crown. ‘Leigh-thal’, a former Midlands Area Champion, is unbeaten in nine since a loss to Gavin McDonnell for the British Super-Bantamweight title.
 
Heavy-handed Super-Middleweight prospect John Docherty looks to make if four knockouts from four fights after impressing again on the Garcia vs. Cheeseman undercard at The O2 and Leeds Super-Bantamweight and former Team GB amateur standout Qais Ashfaq aims to go 5-0, and there’s also action on the undercard for Wisbech Super-Welterweight Joe Steed and St Ives Super-Lightweight Bradley Smith.
 
“It’s great to bring championship boxing to a completely new area on March 2,” said Eddie Hearn. “We have already seen from Jordan’s ticket requests how popular this will be and it’s a great night of boxing. Jordan is another one of those young stars ready to step up to the next level, some have managed to do it and some haven’t – now it’s his turn.

“Anthony Sims Jr has become a real fan favourite in the UK and is set for a huge 2019. Richard Riakporhe against Tommy McCarthy is a great 50-50 Cruiserweight match up and exciting Nottingham star Leigh Wood challenges for his first major title. Beneath the championship fights the card is stacked with young talent and we look forward to a great crowd in Peterborough on March 2.”

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RYDER VS. SIROTKIN WEIGHTS AND RUNNING ORDER

John Ryder and Andrey Sirotkin weigh in ahead of their WBA Super-Middleweight World title Final Eliminator clash on saturday night at the Copper Box Arena, London. 26th October 2018 Picture By Mark Robinson.

RYDER VS. SIROTKIN WEIGHTS AND RUNNING ORDER
DOORS & BOXING STARTS 16:20

4 x 3 mins Heavyweight contest
GEORGE FOX 18st 2lbs 4oz v FERENC ZSALEK 16st 10lbs
(Mill Hill)                                    (Hungary)
 
6 x 3 mins Super-Featherweight contest 
LOUIE LYNN 9st 8lbs v RAFAEL CASTILLO 9st 1lb 7oz
(Banstead)                     (Barcelona)

4 x 3 mins Light-Heavyweight contest
CHARLIE DUFFIELD 12st 9lbs 8oz v JOSIP PERKOVIC 12st 10lbs 2oz
(Canning Town)                                    (Croatia)
 
6 x 3 mins Featherweight contest 
REECE BELLOTTI 8st 13lbs 9oz v BRAYAN MAIRENA 8st 13lbs 8oz
(Watford)                                          (Nicaragua)

LIVE ON FACEBOOK 18:00

6 x 3 mins Super-Featherweight contest @ 9st 6lbs
MARTIN J WARD 9st 8lbs v MOHAMMED KAMBULUTA 9st 2lbs 6oz
(Brentwood)                          (Tanzania)

 6 x 3 mins Light-Heavyweight contest 
CRAIG RICHARDS 12st 8lbs 8oz v MICHAEL LUDWICZAK 13st 1lb 5oz
(Crystal Palace)                                (Poland)

LIVE ON SKY SPORTS 19:00

 10 x 3 mins WBC International Silver Middleweight Championship
FELIX CASH 11st 5lbs 3oz v STEPHEN DANYO 11st 4lbs 9oz
(Wokingham)                         (Manchester)
 
10 x 3 mins Cruiserweight contest 
LUKE WATKINS 14st 5lbs v ISAAC CHAMBERLAIN 14st 7lbs
(Swindon).                             (Brixton)
 
12 x 3 mins vacant British Super-Welterweight Championship
TED CHEESEMAN 10st 13lbs 8oz v ASINIA BYFIELD 11st
(Bermondsey)                                    (Reading)
 
12 x 3 mins Commonwealth Featherweight Championship
RYAN DOYLE 8st 12lbs 7oz v JORDAN GILL 8st 13lbs 5oz
(Gorton)                                     (Chatteris)
 
12 x 3 mins Final Eliminator WBA Super-Middleweight World Championship
JOHN RYDER 11st 13lbs 3oz v ANDREY SIROTKIN 11st 13lbs 7oz
(Islington)                                   (Russia)

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RYDER VS. SIROTKIN FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

John Ryder and Andrey Sirotkin final press conference ahead of their WBA Super-Middleweight World title Final Eliminator clash on saturday night at the Copper Box Arena, London. 25th October 2018 Picture By Mark Robinson.

RYDER VS. SIROTKIN FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
Frank Smith, CEO of Matchroom Boxing:

“Thank you all for joining us here at Trinity House in London ahead of a huge night of boxing on Saturday. It’s a huge night for Matchroom especially, we start here in London with eleven fights, three Championship fights and a final eliminator for the WBA Super-Middleweight World title and then we move onto New York to see Daniel Jacobs take on Sergiy Derevyanchenkochenko for the IBF World Middleweight title – live both on Sky Sports and HBO.”

“A few people couldn’t join us today, Charlie Duffield and Louie Lynn – both huge ticket sellers. They’ll be on the card early before TV on Saturday night. Reece Bellotti and Martin J Ward both have comeback fights after their losses.”

John Ryder – Islington, England – 26-4, 14 KOs – fighting Andrey Sirotkin in a final eliminator for the WBA Super-Middleweight World title:

“I’m buzzing for this fight. I’ve had two good wins and I’m looking to get another good win on Saturday to propel myself on. There’s great Champions in the Super-Middleweight division and it’s great division to be part of.

“There’s no easy fights out there. Saturday night isn’t an easy fight, I’m looking forward to it. I’ve trained hard, I’ve grafted hard with Tony Sims, we’ve left no stone unturned. I’ve been out early mornings with Ted, Felix and Martin. We’ve all been training hard and pushing each other on. It’s going to be a great night. 

“It’s one of them. I don’t know how it’s going to go. I’m either going to drop him with the first shot or it’s going to be a hard-fought 12 rounder. He’s very unpredictable and he’s got a very awkward style to get hold of. It makes for an interesting night.”

Andrey Sirotkin – Nizhny Novgorod, Russia – 15-0, 4 KOs – fighting John Ryder in a final eliminator for the WBA Super-Middleweight World title:

“I feel excellent. It is a massive occasion for me. I’m ready for this. I feel great. I’ll deliver what I’m supposed to deliver on Saturday. You will see. I’ve got no problem fighting him in London, it means nothing to me.”

Ted Cheeseman – Bermondsey, England – 14-0, 9 KOs – fighting Asinia Byfield for the Vacant British Super-Welterweight title:

“You’re pathetic. You can’t even speak mate. You don’t know anything about boxing. You haven’t stated any facts about boxing the whole time, you just talk this street rubbish. You look like you’ve been nicked for shoplifting and your mum’s dressed you for court. You’re just a div. On Saturday, I promise you you’re not going 12 rounds. 

“Everyone who wants to win money, go and put your money on me getting him out of there before 12 rounds. That’s one thing I can guarantee. On Saturday you’re getting smashed. All yesterday you done your big talk, and then you come over and wanted to shake hands. Don’t shake my hand, I’m serious, you are getting smashed.

“I’m better than you in every department. Look at my opponents and then look at your opponents – I’ve had better opponents. This is a stepping stone for me to push onto the next level. This is the level that he’s going to stay at.”

Asinia Byfield – Reading, England – 14-1, 6 KOs – fighting Ted Cheeseman for the Vacant British Super-Welterweight title:

“There’s levels. A lot of people keep saying how there’s levels to boxing. He’s beaten a washed up Carson Jones. Every person you’ve beat is nothing like me. My name is Asinia ‘DGhost’. You haven’t ever met me in the ring. 

“To be fair, the British title means nothing. I’m a fighter, and that’s what I do, I fight. It means nothing. I won’t even have the British, as soon as I get it I’m going to give it to my homie. I don’t even care about it. I’m just a fighter and I have to fight to live. That’s the reason why I fight. I fight because I’ve had a bad past and this is the only way I can get through my day to day life.”

Ryan Doyle – Gorton, England – 17-2-1, 9 KOs – making the first defence of his Commonwealth Featherweight title against Jordan Gill: 

“I’m looking forward to the fight now. My preparation for the fight has been perfect. Everything has gone well. The British title is there on the horizon but I’m looking forward to getting this first defence of my Commonwealth belt out of the way first of all. I’ve got to beat Jordan Gill first. It’s been a long and hard road and I need to get the job done on Saturday night.”

Jordan Gill – Chatteris, England – 21-0, 5 KOs – challenging Ryan Doyle for the Commonwealth Featherweight title: 

“There’s a great buzz in the gym and a really good atmosphere. Everyone really pushes each other and everyone really learns off each other. I think that’s going to hold me in good stead on Saturday night. 

“I’m ready for whatever comes at me and I’ve got the experience. It’s a big step up but one that I’ve been craving for for a long time. It’s an opportunity that I’m glad to have. I’m not sure how the fight is going to go. That’s the thing about boxing, nobody knows until they get in there. Anything can happen. The trick is dealing with whatever comes at you and that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to dictate the terms and deal with whatever comes at me.”

Felix Cash – Wokingham, England – 9-0, 6 KOs – fighting Stephen Danyo for the vacant WBC International Silver Middleweight title: 

“It’s been a long time coming. It’s time now to show everyone what I’m really about. I’ve watched a couple of videos of his fights and he’s not a bad little boxer – he’s a good little mover. But there’s levels in boxing and I think I’m a couple of levels above him. I’ll go in there and do the business on Saturday night and hopefully after that we can push on for the British title.” 

Stephen Danyo – Manchester, England – 14-1-3, 6 KOs – fighting Felix Cash for the vacant WBC International Silver Middleweight title: 

“First of all I would like to thank Matchroom Boxing for this opportunity. My opponent’s team think that I am not ready, but we’ve been working hard and I’m here to do the business on Saturday night.”

Isaac Chamberlain – Brixton, England – 9-1, 4 KOs – fighting Luke Watkins in a 10 round Cruiserweight contest:

“We’ve worked very hard in the gym. Everything has been very consistent, even since before this fight got announced. I’m looking forward to doing my thing, showing everything that I’ve been working on in the gym. I’m just itching to go. The drive is there, the hunger is there. He won’t deal with everything that I have to offer. 

“Changing trainer is going to help a lot. For most of this camp I’ve been working with Angel Fernandez. It’s been a great camp. I’ve been working on so many new things that I couldn’t wait to train the next day – that’s the type of hunger and motivation that I have. 

“It’s going to be explosive, it’s going to be electrifying and exciting. I’m knocking him out.”

Luke Watkins – Swindon, England – 13-1, 9 KOs – fighting Isaac Chamberlain in a 10 round Cruiserweight contest:

“Camp has been rubbish. I’ve had sparring pullouts, injuries, illness, the same old thing. Any fighter that tells you that you don’t go through that is lying. 

“Camp has gone as camp goes. Camp has been great, I’ve enjoyed it. I’ve enjoyed myself and come fight night I’m going to stick it on Isaac.

“Any names out there that want to fight, I’m happy to fight them. For me once you reach a certain level it’s not about taking backward steps and fighting opponents that people don’t know. I just want to fight on TV and I want to fight the fights that the fans want to see. I’ll move forward and I’ll continue my journey. I’ll fight the rest of the guys out there in the division. When the time is right, me and Lawrence will fight again.

“Unless you’ve turned into the ‘Hulk’ since the last time I checked, no disrespect, but you are not the biggest of punchers. I don’t look at you lightly. I think you’re talented, I do. But let’s face it, you don’t go knocking people out. You don’t ice people, so please explain why you think you’re going to ice me.”

Craig Richards – Crystal Palace, England – 12-1, 6 KOs – fighting Michael Ludwiczak in a six round Light-Heavyweight contest:

“I’m looking forward to pushing on. I was looking forward to pushing on for this title fight. We’ve been in camp for 14 weeks, I had my head down just training and working hard.

“Unfortunately I’ve been waiting for Jake Ball since he called me out in June. Unfortunately he had a little bruise on his hand and decide that he’s going to pull the plug on fight week. It’s a silly excuse. I can’t sit around.

“I’ve got to push on and move on from here. There’s a lot of good fights in the Light-Heavyweight division and a lot of title fights. I think Jake Ball needs to go and redeem his loss against JJ McDonagh because nobody has time to waste and wait for him. I’d like to fight Frank Buglioni in a rematch and avenge my loss.”

George Fox – Mill Hill, England – 1-0 – fighting Ferenc Zsalek in a four round Heavyweight contest:

“I want to display a unique set of skills for a Heavyweight. I’m a bit of a technical boxer, I’m not your typical slugger or heavy puncher right now but we’re working on the power in the gym.”

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WATKINS: DON’T BLINK

Luke Watkins takes part in a Open work out at Old Spitalfields Market, London ahead of fight on saturday night at the Copper Box Arena. 24th October 2018 Picture By Mark Robinson.

WATKINS: DON’T BLINK
‘The Duke’ ready to “sleep” Isaac Chamberlain
Luke Watkins has warned Isaac Chamberlain that he could put him to “sleep” at any moment. 

The Cruiserweight rivals clash over ten rounds at the Copper Box Arena this Saturday, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US.

Both Watkins and Chamberlain are looking to banish the demons from their respective losses to Lawrence Okolie and they walk straight back into the spotlight with defeat almost unthinkable for both.

‘The Duke’ took a short break from the sport after his defeat to Okolie back in June, but is now ready to step back in at the deep end when he faces Brixton’s Chamberlain in a must win battle.

“I don’t see any point in messing around, I’m confident in my ability and what I can bring to the table,” said Watkins. “This is boxing and what happened in my last fight can potentially happen in every single fight there is, so what’s the point in taking a step backwards and fighting lower ranked opponents?

“I don’t need to do that. I want to stay in this sport and I want to carry on performing under the big lights and this is the way to do it. The Okolie defeat is well in the past, shit happens and we move onto the next one and we move forward. 

“I have to give full credit to Isaac, this is a must win fight for the both of us. The British fight fans want to see me fight people like Isaac and Okolie and that’s what I’m here to do. I’ve said it before and I’ve made it clear, I will fight anyone. I’m glad Isaac is in the opposite corner because it takes two people to dance and I respect him for that, but come Saturday it’s on.

“Isaac is seen as more of a boxer than me, this fight will give people the chance to see my boxing skills. This time I’m fighting someone who’s not as big of a puncher but apparently he’s the better boxer so that will bring out the best in me. I’ve always got heavy hands so don’t blink because he could go to sleep at any moment.”

Watkins vs. Chamberlain is part of a huge night of action at the Copper Box Arena topped by Islington’s John Ryder taking on undefeated Russian Andrey Sirotkin in a Final Eliminator for the WBA Super-Middleweight World title.

Bermondsey puncher Ted Cheeseman clashes with Reading’s Asinia Byfield for the Vacant British Super-Welterweight title and Ryan Doyle makes the first defence of his Commonwealth Featherweight crown against the undefeated Jordan Gill
 
There’s action elsewhere from Crystal Palace Light-Heavyweight Craig Richards, Brentwood Super-Featherweight Martin J Ward, Watford Featherweight Reece Bellotti, Canning Town Light-Heavy Charlie Duffield, Mill Hill Heavyweight George Fox andBanstead Featherweight Louie Lynn.

Tickets are priced £40, £60, £80, £100 and £200 (VIP) and are available to purchase from www.stubhub.co.uk and www.copperboxarena.org.

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GILL: IF I’M NOT READY NOW THEN I NEVER WILL BE

GILL: IF I’M NOT READY NOW THEN I NEVER WILL BE
Jordan Gill is determined to prove the hype is real when he challenges Ryan Doyle for the Commonwealth Featherweight crown at the Copper Box Arena this Saturday, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US. 

‘The Thrill’ has been frustrated in waiting for a crack at his first title, but the Cambridgeshire man, who has cruised to 21-0, believes victory against Manchester’s Doyle will set up a huge 2019.

“I’ve been waiting for a big fight like this for the past two years, it’s a big test and a chance to win my first major title,” said Gill. “I’m in boxing to be involved in the big fights and take on the best. This is a golden opportunity for me and I’m going to make it count.

“I had 18 months out of the ring where I was training non-stop, but I didn’t get a fight. I’ve made the move to Dave Coldwell and I’ve rebuilt for a year. I’ve had five fights, five wins and a British title eliminator and now thankfully I’ve got a big shot at the Commonwealth title against a very tough fighter in Ryan Doyle.

“As a fighter all you want is the opportunity to be involved in big fights and I’ve got that opportunity now, it’s down to me to deliver on the night. If I’m not ready now then I’ll never be.

Doyle, 27, believes he will be too “battled hardened” and experienced for Gill, but the Dave Coldwell pupil says he will be prepared for whatever comes his way on the night. 

“I’m not sure whether it’s going to be a boxing match or a slugfest, but I’ve prepared myself to the best of my abilities,” he added. “I’m expecting a hard fight, I’m expecting a hard 12 rounds and we’ll just see what happens. I’m good at adapting when I’m in there so I’ll be adapting to anything he comes at me with. 
 
“He’s a good fighter, he does everything well. He’s got a good jab, he’s fit and he’s strong, he’s good in every department and I think he’s getting better as well. It’s a big step up and I’m going to prove the hype is real.”

Doyle vs. Gill is part of a huge night of action at the Copper Box Arena topped by Islington’s John Ryder taking on undefeated Russian Andrey Sirotkin in a Final Eliminator for the WBA Super-Middleweight World title.

Bermondsey puncher Ted Cheeseman clashes with Reading’s Asinia Byfield for the Vacant British Super-Welterweight title.
 
There’s action elsewhere from Crystal Palace Light-Heavyweight Craig Richards, Brentwood Super-Featherweight Martin J Ward, Watford Featherweight Reece Bellotti, Canning Town Light-Heavy Charlie Duffield, Mill Hill Heavyweight George Fox andBanstead Featherweight Louie Lynn.

Tickets are priced £40, £60, £80, £100 and £200 (VIP) and are available to purchase from www.stubhub.co.uk and www.copperboxarena.org.

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CASH GOES FOR FIRST TITLE AT THE COPPER BOX ARENA

Felix Cash will fight for his first pro title against Stephen Danyo when they clash for the Vacant WBC International Silver Middleweight crown at the Copper Box Arena on October 27, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US.
 
Cash, 25, moved to 9-0 after a dominating 80-71 points win over Francis Tchoffo at York Hall in June and the former Team GB member is delighted to be fighting for his first pro belt after an injury-hit 2017 that only saw him fight three times.
 
“This has been a long time coming,” said Cash. “I’m looking forward to getting in there and fighting for my first pro title. It’s taken a little longer than I expected but it will be worth the wait when I get my first title under my belt. 
 
“It’s been frustrating watching everyone else in the gym progress and fight for titles, especially when you know you’re good enough to be in the mix, but my time has come and it’s up to me to grab the opportunity with both hands.
 
“I do feel like I’ve been avoided on the domestic scene, it’s been a bit of an awkward time but the bigger fights will start to come once I win my first title at the Copper Box Arena. It’s a good title and owning it will push my name right into the mix.”
 
Cash vs. Danyo is part of a huge night of action at the Copper Box Arena topped by Islington’s John Ryder taking on undefeated Russian Andrey Sirotkin in a Final Eliminator for the WBA Super-Middleweight World title.
 
Bitter Super-Welterweight rivals Ted Cheeseman and Asinia Byfield clash for the vacant British title in one of the most anticipated domestic fights of the year. 

Gortan’s Ryan Doyle looks to build on his shock win over Reece Bellotti as he defends his Commonwealth Featherweight title against the talented and undefeated Jordan Gill.
 
Luke Watkins and Isaac Chamberlain meet in a crunch Cruiserweight contest as both men look to move on from first career losses to rising star Lawrence Okolie.
 
There’s action elsewhere from Crystal Palace Light-Heavyweight Craig Richards, Brentwood Super-Featherweight Martin J Ward, Watford Featherweight Reece Bellotti, Canning Town Light-Heavy Charlie Duffield, Mill Hill Heavyweight George Fox andBanstead Featherweight Louie Lynn.

Tickets are priced £40, £60, £80, £100 and £200 (VIP) and are available to purchase from www.stubhub.co.uk and www.copperboxarena.org.

WBC International Silver Middleweight title on the line for Cash v Danyo
Britain Boxing – Felix Cash v Christian Hoskin Gomez – York Hall, Bethnal Green – 29/9/16 Felix Cash in action against Christian Hoskin Gomez Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
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