LEWIS RITSON VS. FRANCESCO PATERA WEIGHTS AND RUNNING ORDER


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

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

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


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

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

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ALLEN: “I NEED TO BEAT SAMIR NEBO IN DEVASTATING FASHION”

O2 ARENA BOXING PROMOTION, METRO ARENA, NEWCASTLE PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG Eliminator for British Heavyweight Championship NICK WEBB v DAVID ALLEN

 
‘White Rhino’ targets Lucas Browne showdown in December
 
David Allen says he needs to beat Samir Nebo in “devastating fashion” if he is to set up a showdown with former WBA Heavyweight ruler Lucas Browne at the end of the year.
 
‘White Rhino’ returns to action this Saturday at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US, as he takes on the Germany-based Syrian on the undercard of Lewis Ritson’s European title fight against Francesco Patera.
 
Nebo has only two losses in 13 fights, with all of his wins coming by knockout, but Doncaster’s Allen is confident he can defeat Nebo in a similar style to his brutal stoppage of Nick Webb at The O2 in July.
 
“I’m going to get Nebo on the hook, and I’m going to smash him,” said Allen. “I will never win another fight on points. None of them will go the distance ever again. I fully anticipate knocking out Samir Nebo inside four rounds.
 
“I’ve seen a few rounds of him. He looks solid, like he knows what he’s doing. He’s just outside the top 100 in the World and it’s another good challenge for me. I see it as a building block towards a big fight hopefully towards the end of the year.”
 
Allen is eager to take on Australia’s Browne in December if he gets a win in Newcastle and believes a fight with the former World Champion would be another entertaining encounter for his fans.
 
The potential match-up has been gaining momentum on social media in recent weeks with the pair calling each other out on Twitter.
 
“He’s old enough to be my dad, but Lucas Browne is a tough, strong, powerful man. I think if the fight happens next, it will be at the right time for me. I’m young, fresh, and I’m coming through.
 
“He was the Heavyweight Champion of the World, but I’m the future, and I think it would be a fantastic fight. I’ll take the Browne fight in December, I’m ready for it. I need to beat Samir Nebo in devastating fashion. The Lucas Browne fight is the one that excites me.”
 
Ritson vs. Patera tops a huge night of action in Newcastle as rising Light-Heavyweight star Joshua Buatsi makes the first defence of his WBA International belt against Frenchman Tony Averlant, Liverpool’s Robbie Davies Jnr faces Sunderland’s Glenn Foot for the British and Commonwealth Super-Lightweight titles and Cruiserweights Simon Vallily and Craig Glover meet over ten rounds.
 
There’s action elsewhere on the card from IBF European Super-Bantamweight Champion Thomas Patrick Ward, fast-rising Liverpool Welterweight Anthony Fowler, Newcastle Cruiserweight Lawrence Osueke, popular Benwell Super-Welterweight Joseph Laws, Spennymoor Welterweight Chad Ellis, Manchester Light-Heavyweight Hosea Burton, Newcastle Super-Lightweight Terry Wilkinson, Bedlington Lightweight Darren Reay and the professional debut of Scottish Super-Middleweight talent John Docherty.
 
A very limited number of tickets are available to purchase from www.metroradioarena.co.uk.

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RITSON VS. PATERA PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

RITSON-PATERA PROMOTION
PRESS CONFERENCE
CIVIC HALLS,NEWCASTLE
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG
EUROPEAN LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE
LEWIS RITSON AND FRANCESCO PATERA COME TOGETHER TO ANNOUNCE THEIR FIGHT ON EDDIE HEARNS MATCHROOM PROMOTION AT THE METRO ARENA ON SATURDAY OCTOBER 13TH 2018

 
Eddie Hearn:
 
“Good afternoon everyone and thanks for coming along to the press conference to announce our second Newcastle show, October 13 at the arena, following a wonderful experience last time out when Lewis Ritson won the British title outright. This press conference will be streamed live around the World on our social channels, it’s nice and busy in here today so make sure you make loads of noise for the fighters and show everyone what a great city this is.
 
“Before we talk to the guys, I just want to say thank you, not just for coming today, but for what you created last time out at the arena. We do shows all over the World but you can’t ignore or fail to embrace the passion when you go to certain places. Last time out when Lewis Ritson ring-walked it was unexpected. We knew he sold a load of tickets but what happened during that ring-walk, what happened during those ring announcements, what happened during the performance and after it was something that you rarely see. It’s like the emergence of a new powerhouse for British boxing in the North East and Newcastle. I will honestly never forget that experience and I don’t think Lewis will either.
 
“Now the journey really gets interesting. You go from British title level onto European title level, in the hope to achieve a World title opportunity. We know where we’re at, the feet are on the ground and there’s a long way to go. With you lot behind him, he has every opportunity. He’s going to get the opportunities for big fights, this is a whole new level to where he has operated before.
 
“This time we have an even bigger card, a bigger night for Lewis Ritson and bigger fights on the undercard as well. We have a lot of local talents and huge domestic fights, we have in my opinion some of the best young talents in the entire sport worldwide and we have one of the most popular men in British boxing in Dave Allen.”
 
Christian Cherchi – Manager of Francesco Patera:
 
“We have a lot of respect for Lewis and for what he is doing, already three defences of the British title. At the same time, Patera has always shown his ability. For me he won the fight against Sean Dodd. He is a former European Champion, he fought in Liverpool and Finland. There will be a great crowd in Newcastle, very passionate, I think it will be a good fight.”
 
Lewis Ritson – Newcastle, England – 16-0, 10 KOs – fighting Francesco Patera for the Vacant EBU European Lightweight title:
 
“I just want to thank everyone for coming out for the press conference, it is a great turnout. I can’t wait to get in there again. I’ve already been training hard for weeks now. I’m ready to do some business.
 
“It was Tatli, Petit or Patera and me and my dad sat down and we didn’t think there was much between the three of them. I think they are all pretty similar so it doesn’t matter who we get in with, we always say yes. We’ve got our opponent and we’re ready to go.
 
“We’re expecting to be in for the long haul on the night, that’s what we train for. We’ll be ready for everything on the night. The atmosphere was very special last time out, the support we get is brilliant, this time the atmosphere will be bigger and better.
 
“We’ll just have to wait and see in terms of fighting for a World title, we’re at the next level now and we’ll see how I perform at this level. We’ll see if we can get rid of Patera, if we can get rid of him then we’ll know we’re not that far off World level. We’ll see how far I can go, with a city like Newcastle behind me the sky is the limit.”
 
Francesco Patera – Genk, Belgium – 19-3, 7 KOs – fighting Lewis Ritson for the Vacant EBU European Lightweight title:
 
“Thank you Eddie for having me here, I am very excited. I was very happy when I got the offer to fight Lewis. I saw Lewis from one year ago and I always thought ‘I want to fight this guy’. I know I have the ability to beat him. He is a really tough fighter, he comes forward, I’m a hard worker too and it will be a great fight on October 13.
 
“Lewis has never been 12 rounds, he always wins by knockout but we will see on October 13. I think I can handle his power, I’ve never been hurt in my career and I’ve never been down. I’ve fought some really good fighters, I feel I can hurt him too.”
 
Joshua Buatsi – Croydon, London, England – 7-0, 5 KOs – making the first defence of his WBA International Light-Heavyweight title:
 
“I’m really excited to be here, it’s my first time up here and I feel very welcomed. I’m from London and we box at The O2, we shut it down, it’s fun and everyones buzzing. I’ve been told a number of times about the atmosphere in Newcastle. It’s one of the best if not THE best. On October 13 I’ll be looking to replicate what Lewis Ritson does and put someone to sleep. I’m looking forward to it.”
 
Glenn Foot – Sunderland, England – 23-3, 7 KOs – challenging Robbie Davies Jr for the British Super-Lightweight title and defending his Commonwealth Super-Lightweight title:
 
“I’ve got to thank Eddie for bringing the show back to Newcastle and Lewis for being the main boy up here at the minute. It’s a 50-50 fight. Last time I boxed for the British title against Sam Eggington I wasn’t quite right, I had my arm chopped by a machete. Now I’m 110% back in the game. Robbie Davies Jr will get the biggest shock of his life on October 13. The atmosphere was unbelievable last time, I’ve never experienced anything like it. This is a big opportunity for Glenn Foot and I’m going to take full advantage of it.”
 
Robbie Davies Jr – Liverpool, England – 16-1, 12 KOs – challenging Glenn Foot for the British and Commonwealth Super-Lightweight titles:
 
“I’d like to thank Eddie for getting me back on the shows, I started to think that it was never going to happen. This really is a pick’em fight. You’ve got Glenn’s aggression and physical strength against my speed and power. I’ve got everyone down in my neck of the woods backing me. It really is going to be one of them fights where neither of us will need to go looking for each-other.
 
“These are the kind of fights you want. I’ve been fighting a lot of high level foreign opponents. I know what a game lad Glenn is. I’m confident of coming through this fight victorious, it’s going to be exciting. I’m getting people giving me money for tickets and I haven’t even got them yet! Come Ocoter 13 it is going to be a night to remember.”
 
David Allen – Conisbrough, Yorkshire, England – 14-4-2, 11 KOs – returning after his British Heavyweight title Eliminator win over Nick Webb at The O2 in July:
 
“I’m very excited. It’s a brilliant show. I’m really looking forward to Davies Jr vs. Foot. I’ve boxed in Newcastle before twice. We’ll hopefully have a good opponent for October 13. I’m really excited to be in Newcastle.
 
“Since the O2 I’ve probably enjoyed it a bit too much. It turned my life around, I’ve bought a house now and I’m just enjoying my life. I just enjoy boxing. I feel very lucky and fortunate to be in the position that I’m in. I’m going to train very hard for the next five weeks. We’re going to have a good five weeks and then I’ll knock someone out on October 13. I’m looking forward to it.”
 
Thomas Patrick Ward – West Rainton, County Durham, England – 24-0, 3 KO’s – current IBF European Super-Bantamweight Champion:
 
“It’s a fantastic time to be involved in North East boxing. The atmosphere was great last time out in June. There’s a load of good local talent on the undercard that’ll bring the noise, especially now Joe Laws is on the card! We’re very cose to getting a World title shot, I’m ready to conquer the World. I’ll grab the opportunity to fight for a World title with both hands. On October 13 you’ll see a good display from me and you’ll see the talent that everyone talks about and you’ll realise why I’m on the verge of fighting for a World title.”
 
Simon Valilly – Middlesbrough, England – 13-1-1, 4 KOs – fighting Liverpool’s Craig Glover in a ten round Cruiserweight contest on the undercard:
 
“I’ve had a look at Craig Glover this morning and I’ll be on my game and getting the job done on October 13. I’ll be going in there for the KO, I want blood in this one. I’ll get the job done.”
 
Joseph Laws – Benwell, Newcastle, England – 2-0, 2KOs – undefeated Super-Welterweight prospect in action on the undercard:
 
“This is a massive opportunity for me. I’ve been training hard since Christmas. I’ve been feeling good and come October it’s going to be a special night. I’m buzzing to be on the same card as the likes of Lewis Ritson and Glenn Foot. Expect fireworks, I’m getting the job done.”
 
Lawrence Osueke – Newcastle, England – 4-0 – undefeated Light-Heavyweight in action on the undercard:
 
“Im just happy to be part of such a great show for a second Tim. The likes of Lewis Ritson bringing boxing to the North East is great. I had a little bit of time out and now I just want to stay active and work my way up the rankings.”

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RITSON TAKES ON PATERA FOR EUROPEAN LIGHTWEIGHT CROWN


 
Lewis Ritson will face Francesco Patera for the Vacant EBU European Lightweight title at Metro Radio Arena Newcastle on October 13, live on Sky Sports.
 
‘The Sandman’ won the British Lightweight title outright by defeating the previously unbeaten challenger Paul Hyland Jr at the Metro Radio Arena in June and is predicting another destructive performance against Patera in October.
 
Patera is no stranger to fighting on these shores, having lost a close decision to Birkenhead hardman Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd for the WBC International title in 2016. He went on to beat Finland’s Edis Tatli to win the European title in May 2017 before losing out in a rematch later that year.
 
Ritson gets his shot at European honours after Tatli decided to vacate his belt.
 
“I’ve dealt with all the top operators at domestic level and now it’s time to announce myself on the European stage,” said Ritson. “I’m feeling unstoppable right now and I’m ready to take on anyone that gets put in front of me. The Metro Radio Arena is my fortress and nobody is beating me in my backyard. The noise my fans make inside the arena is incredible, it’s like there’s two of me in the ring!
 
“Patera has held the European belt so we know that he poses a real threat and I’ll have to be at my best to get past him. I’ve been told there’s not much between Patera and Tatli in terms of ability and style. Patera looks big at the weight and is a busy fighter, I’m expecting an exciting fight.
 
“He’s a good opponent, but it’s nothing we don’t think we can handle on the night. I feel like I’m improving with every fight and with the form that I’m in, I’m confident of beating anyone.”
 
“I was completely blown away with what I saw both in and out of the ring last time we were in Newcastle,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Lewis Ritson has fast become one of the most popular and exciting fighters in British boxing and now he gets an opportunity to challenge for a European title. He has cleared up domestically and this is the next step.
 
“Also on the card we have a brilliant domestic battle between Glenn Foot and Robbie Davies Jr for the British and Commonwealth titles and rising star Joshua Buatsi defends his WBA title that he won at The O2 in July. Popular Heavyweight David Allen returns and cruisers Simon Vallily and Craig Glover face off in a title eliminator. If you thought last time was loud wait til this arena is full up with 9,000 Geordies bursting with pride! Roll on October 13.”
 
Ritson vs. Patera tops a huge night of action in Newcastle as rising Light-Heavyweight star Joshua Buatsi makes the first defence of his WBA International belt that he won at The O2 in July, Liverpool’s Robbie Davies Jnr faces Sunderland’s Glenn Foot for the British and Commonwealth Super-Lightweight titles, Heavyweight fan favourite David Allen returns after his ‘life-changing’ win over Nick Webb and Cruiserweights Simon Vallily and Craig Glover meet over ten rounds.
 
There’s action elsewhere on the card from IBF European Super-Bantamweight Champion Thomas Patrick Ward, Newcastle Cruiserweight Lawrence Osueke and Benwell Super-Welterweight Joseph Laws.
 
Tickets are priced £40, £60, £80, £100 and £200 VIP and are available to Matchroom Fight Pass members NOW from www.stubhub.co.uk.
 
Tickets go on General Sale at 11.00am on Wednesday August 29 from www.metroradioarena.co.uk.

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RITSON RETURNS TO METRO RADIO ARENA NEWCASTLE ON OCTOBER 13


 
Lewis Ritson will return to the Metro Radio Arena Newcastle on October 13, live on Sky Sports.
 
The Geordie ace is feeling unstoppable after producing another stunning display of brutal power to destroy Paul Hyland Jr in one round to take home the British Lightweight title for keeps in June.
 
The ‘Sandman’ put the unbeaten Belfast man away in a similar fashion to the devastating defences against Manchester’s Joe Murray (first round) and Lytham St Anne’s Scotty Cardle (second round).
 
Ritson’s fanatical support blew the roof off the Tyneside arena in June and the Forest Hall fighter is promising another unforgettable performance in October as he sets his sights on European honours and beyond.
 
“The atmosphere inside the Metro Radio Arena was unreal in June and I can’t wait to get back in there on October 13,” said Ritson. “It’s been a rapid rise and I can’t wait to headline on the big stage again live on Sky Sports.
 
“The most important thing for me right now is keeping busy and I’m delighted to be fighting in an eight rounder on the Khan vs. Vargas undercard in September as well. I’m focused on winning and improving with every fight.
 
“It’s been a fantastic year for me and I want to continue to build in September and October. I’ve got a brilliant team around me that I trust and I’m confident they can guide me towards more major titles.”
 
Rising Light-Heavyweight star Joshua Buatsi features as he takes part in his eighth professional fight after landing his first title at The O2. He picked up the WBA International title with a stunning first round win over Andrejs Pokumeiko and will be looking to push on again on October 13.
 
Liverpool’s Robbie Davies Jnr faces Sunderland’s Glenn Foot for the British and Commonwealth Super-Lightweight titles.
 
Foot puts his Commonwealth title on the line for the first time after securing it with an 11th round stoppage win over Scotland’s Jason Easton in Glasgow in March. Davies Jnr dropped Michal Syrowatka three times on his way to avenging his sole career loss and winning back his WBA Continental strap last time out.
 
David Allen also returns after his ‘life-changing’ win over Nick Webb on the Whyte vs. Parker undercard at The O2 last month. The Doncaster fan favourite produced the moment of his career, sensationally stopping Webb with a devastating right hand in their British Heavyweight title eliminator.
 
“I’ll be honest I’m counting down the days til we are back in Newcastle,” said Eddie Hearn. “Last time out was something very special and October 13 will be even bigger. Lewis Ritson is a star with a city behind him and now we are on the World title march. His fight and the full undercard will be announced at a press conference soon, fans can expect a packed night with Joshua Buatsi, Dave Allen and a brilliant clash between Glen Foot and Robbie Davies Jnr.”
 
Full details of the October 13 card will be announced at a press conference in Newcastle later this month.

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WHYTE VS. PARKER PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

WHYTE-PARKER PROMOTIOM
FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE,
RIVERSIDE HOTEL
CANARY WHARF,
LONDON
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG
DILLIAN WHYTE AND JOSEPH PARKER COME FACE TO FACE AHEAD OF THEIR FIGHT ON EDDIE HEARNS MATCHROOM PROMOTION AT LONDONS O2 AREANA ON SATURDAY (28th July)

 
Eddie Hearn: “Dillian Whyte’s career is on a ferocious upward curve right now, and the ‘Body Snatcher’ has grasped the chance to fight former World champion Joseph Parker with both hands.
 
“Dillian could easily have sat back and waited for his shot at WBC king Deontay Wilder, but the Brixton man is not one to wait patiently in line. Behind Wilder and Anthony Joshua, Dillian is the biggest name in the division and he’s top of the ‘who needs him’ club at Heavyweight as a dangerous customer that can beat anyone on his day.
 
“Joseph is a softly spoken and likeable man – but make no mistake that in the ring, he’s all business and has bad intentions for Dillian – this is a real 50-50 contest and I’ve no doubt that the winner will be in World title action very soon.”
 
Dillian Whyte: “Joseph is a fighting man, that’s his heritage, but he’s short of options. He could have gone to USA to fight Bryant Jennings for a small purse and no attention or come to the UK in front of a sell-out crowd and get better pay and a more prestigious fight.
 
“He’s motivated – he knows beating me gets him close to another shot at AJ, so that’s what makes him dangerous: “if I do Dillian, I’m back in the big time again” – but he’s got to get past me first.
 
“For me, it’s progressing my career. You have to have consistency and be active, keep fighting, go through training camps. It doesn’t matter how small the progress is, as long as you keep progressing then you will improve and grow. I’m getting better, stronger, smarter… I’m like a fine wine in the cellar, ageing, maturing and tasting sweeter.
 
Joseph Parker: “We had options on the table and Dillian had a fight with Pulev lined up. Credit to David Higgins and Eddie Hearn, they did a tremendous job in locking the fight in really fast. When you have two fighters that want to fight each other that makes it easier for the business men.
 
“David is a great promoter and he looks after me, he’s done a tremendous job getting me yet another great fight. It was important to get back in the ring in another big fight straight away.
 
Dillian is on the cusp of fighting for a World title and beating him would put me right back at that top table.
 
“I haven’t seen the best of me yet, there’s a lot more to come. It’s a case of getting more experience, learning in the gym and working on my craft, making improvements gradually.
 
“There won’t be any excuses from me. I’m here to do damage and I’m here to punch with bad intentions. I’m going to break him down and he’s going to take a lot of punches. He’s been talking a lot of smack in the build up and I believe that is a sign of self doubt. I hope he’s ready to take a lot of punches because I’m going to give it to him real bad. He thinks I can’t go to war, lets wait and see.”
 
Katie Taylor: “Kimberly is my mandatory challenger and I cannot wait to get in there and showcase my skills again, hopefully with an impressive performance.
 
“I have big dreams and big goals. I would love to become the undisputed champion. There’s two more belts to go and I’m very, very hungry for them.
 
“I have the WBA and IBF belt but that’s only the start for me. I hope to be the undisputed champion soon and the next few months are going to be really exciting for me.”
 
Kimberly Connor: “This is a whole new World for me coming over here and being involved in such a huge show. Katie has accomplished a lot and I have huge respect for her. I’m really looking forward to fighting her. I’m the massive underdog in this fight and I’m coming to take those belts home with me.”
 
Carlos Takam: “I’m very glad to be back here in the UK. When I was offered the fight against Dereck I immediately accepted it. Dereck is as tough as they come and I’m prepared for a tough night.”
 
Dereck Chisora: “Carlos took AJ rounds, he’s a tough guy so this is no walk in the park – it’s a marathon. He goes rounds with good fighters so I know that I’ve got 12 rounds ahead of me. They asked for this at the beginning of the year but there was no right slot for it at that time.
 
“I know it’s going to be a long night, there’s no two ways about it. I didn’t learn anything from his AJ fight as he was fighting a different game than he’ll bring tonight, I just want him to be in front of me so we can have a good time.
 
Nick Webb: “I’m really excited about this weekend and doing the job. It’s a great opportunity for me to progress towards the British title. I’m going to break him down and finish him.
 
“Everyone knows Dave and everyone loves him, I like him too, but this is business and I’m going to show him what I’m all about.
 
“We are competitors and I’m there to take him out. The fight has come out of nowhere a bit but I’ve always wanted the fight. We’ve always traded words over social media so it’s good to finally get him in the ring.”
 
Dave Allen: “Eddie offered Joe Joyce to fight Nick. Then my name was mentioned in an interview if that was off so I sent Eddie a message straight away.
 
“Who wouldn’t want to be part of another big PPV show? I’ve been involved in a few now and I couldn’t say no when I knew there was an option to fight on this card.
 
“Win, lose or draw this is going to be my last fight for a while. People might say that’s not the best thing to say before a big fight, but it’ll help drive that extra 10 per cent out of me. I’ve been in some good, hard fights in recent years and I think it’s time to rest up and revitalise myself.
 
Conor Benn: “I’m ready for this fight. This is almost like a hindrance on my career, I know I’ll beat him on my worst day. Nothing was right for me that night or lead up to that first fight.
 
“I was jetlagged coming back from New York. I didn’t think I was going to fight when I come back – I thought the year was done so my weight wasn’t too great and my face suffered an allergic reaction out there as well.
 
“I need to prove that I’m a level above my opponent here. I’m ready to box. I know I can box and I’m ready to have it and entertain the British public.”
 
Anthony Fowler: “I’m the hungriest that I’ve ever been. I’m fighting an ambitious 8-0 prospect in Craig O’Brien who won’t want to lose his unbeaten record. These are the kind of fights that I want to be involved in at this stage of my career. This is the fight where everyone is going to see what I’m really about.
 
“It’s great to be fighting on another Dillian Whyte undercard. I put on a good show last time out at The O2 and I’ll be looking to do the same tonight. This is the biggest test of my pro career to date and I’m ready to go to war if I have to.
 
“The plan is to keep on winning and to fight for a belt towards the end of the year. I haven’t got a specific title in mind, I just want a belt wrapped around my waist by the end of 2018.”
 
Joshua Buatsi: “I’m excited to be fighting for my first pro title. Knowing that a belt is on the line has helped fuel the hours and hours of hard work that I have been putting in to my training.
 
“I really thrive when I fight at The O2 and I’m looking to turn it into my Lion’s Den. I love fighting here and I’m going to put on a memorable performance for all of my fans.
 
“My team have the experience and the knowledge to guide my career and to make the correct decisions which allows me to prepare and continue to improve.”

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WEBB: JOYCE ‘BOTTLED’ JULY 28 SHOWDOWN


 
Nick Webb has accused his old amateur rival Joe Joyce of ‘bottling’ the chance to face him on the undercard of Dillian Whyte’s Heavyweight clash with Joseph Parker at The O2 in London this Saturday.
 
Promoter Eddie Hearn had planned on setting up a Commonwealth Heavyweight title fight between Champion Joyce and unbeaten challenger Webb but the Olympic Super-Heavyweight silver medallist took to his Twitter account last week to explain that he would not be fighting on the July 28 show.
 
Webb, 30, immediately accepted the opportunity to fight for his first pro title but was left bitterly disappointed by the ‘Juggernaut’s’ statement. The Chertsey man is hopeful that the fight can be made in September if he comes through his British title eliminator with Dave Allen.
 
“Joe has been very vocal in calling out the likes of Jarrell Miller and Bryant Jennings but he bottled it when he was offered the fight with me,” said Webb. “If you want to be mentioned with the top Heavyweights in the division then you can’t be turning down fights against little old me.
 
“He said that he’ll fight any Heavyweight in the World, ‘let alone Nick Webb’, but that clearly isn’t true. Yes, he is in the process of changing trainers but if he is as good as he tells everyone he is then he should be able to get past me without one in his corner.
 
“Joe beat me in the amateurs and I’d love an opportunity to get my payback. All of my focus in on Dave Allen this Saturday but when I get through him hopefully me and Joe can get it on in September on the Joshua vs. Povetkin undercard at Wembley, that would be amazing.
 
“I’ve come a long way since my amateur days and I’d prove that by becoming the first man to beat Joe in his pro career and taking his Commonwealth belt home with me before marching on to the British title.”
 
Webb vs. Allen is part of a huge night of boxing at The O2 topped by the crunch Heavyweight clash between Dillian Whyte and former WBO ruler Joseph Parker, former Heavyweight World title challengers Dereck Chisora and Carlos Takam square-off for the WBA International title in a must-win match up, Katie Taylor continues her quest to unify the Lightweight division when she defends her WBA and IBF titles against mandatory challenger Kimberly Connor, Joshua Buatsi goes for his first pro title when he fights Andrejs Pokumeiko for the WBA International Light-Heavyweight crown, Conor Benn fights for his first pro title in the WBA Continental Welterweight strap when he rematches Frenchman Cedrick Peynaud after their epic first encounter at York Hall and unbeaten Super-Welterweights Anthony Fowler and Craig O’Brien put their 0’s on the line.

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WHYTE AND PARKER SELL OUT THE 02


 
The blockbuster Heavyweight clash between Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker has now officially sold out after final production holds were released this week.
 
Whyte and Parker collide for the WBC Silver and WBO International Heavyweight crowns this Saturday at The O2 in London, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
 
‘The Body Snatcher’ is on the cusp of World title action after destroying Lucas Browne with a devastating sixth round KO in London in March to defend the WBC Silver title and number one ranking he’d landed by beating Robert Helenius in Cardiff in October.
 
Parker is back in the UK after fighting in the Welsh capital in an historic unification battle with Anthony Joshua in March, with Whyte’s old foe handing a first career defeat for the New Zealand star on points.
 
A stacked undercard features former Heavyweight World title challengers Dereck Chisora and Carlos Takam squaring-off for the WBA International title in a must-win match up. Katie Taylor, the biggest name in women’s boxing, continues her quest to unify the Lightweight division when she defends her WBA and IBF titles against mandatory challenger Kimberly Connor.
 
Undefeated Heavyweight Nick Webb puts it all on the line when he takes on popular Doncaster man Dave Allen in an Eliminator for the British title and Joshua Buatsi goes for his first pro title when he fights Andrejs Pokumeiko for the WBA International Light-Heavyweight strap.
 
Conor Benn fights for his first pro title in the WBA Continental Welterweight strap when he rematches Frenchman Cedrick Peynaud after their epic first encounter at York Hall and unbeaten Super-Welterweights Anthony Fowler and Craig O’Brien put their 0’s on the line.
 
“This is a hugely important clash for the Heavyweight division that has captured the imagination of the public,” said Promoter Eddie Hearn. “Dillian Whyte’s career is on a ferocious upward curve right now and his popularity is continuing to grow.
 
“Dillian’s brutal KO of Australian Lucas Browne at The O2 in March underlined that prowess at the top level and now another visitor from down under is here to try to halt Dillian’s rise to the top.
 
“Joseph Parker is a softly spoken and likeable man – but make no mistake that in the ring, he’s all business and has bad intentions for Dillian – this is a real 50-50 contest and I’ve no doubt that the winner will be in World title action very soon.”

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BENN GOES FOR FIRST TITLE AT THE 02


 
Conor Benn will fight for his first pro title when he takes on Cedrick Peynaud for the Vacant WBA Continental Welterweight Championship this Saturday (July 28) at The O2 in London, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
 
Benn has vowed to take out the Frenchman in style as the rivals meet in an eagerly-anticipated rematch after their epic first encounter.
 
‘The Destroyer’ and Peynaud clashed at York Hall in December, and their six-round tear-up was one of the fights of the year to heat up the famous east end home of boxing.
 
He has moved to 12-0 since that clash, making Chris Truman his ninth victim to fall inside the distance, and he wants to make Peynaud number 10 as he aims to close this chapter of his career in emphatic fashion.
 
“I’m ready for this fight,” said Benn. “This is almost like a hindrance on my career, I know I’ll beat him on my worst day. Nothing was right for me that night or lead up to that first fight.
 
“The doors are opening, it’s been a long journey but we’re moving forward. I have visualised this fight every single day since the first. My Dad’s coming back over for this – forget the relationship, he’s a living boxing legend. To have that in my corner is a huge help.
 
“There’s some big fights out there for me including various potential opponents also on the Matchroom stable. The British public would love to see these come off, I’m not scared of anyone.
 
“You’ll have noticed I am not on social media as much these days. It’s time to get serious. One things for sure, no one has ever seen a boring Conor Benn fight. I thrive off the fight night and love to entertain the fans.
 
“It’s going to be another destructive knockout on the Frenchman. We’re back at The O2, which has been a happy hunting ground for me. Then it’s onwards and upwards.”
 
Dillian Whyte vs. Joseph Parker tops a huge night of action at The O2 – Whyte takes on the former WBO ruler for the WBC Silver and Vacant WBO International Heavyweight crowns, former Heavyweight World title challengers Dereck Chisora and Carlos Takam clash for the WBA International Heavyweight belt in a must-win match up, undefeated Heavyweight Nick Webb squares off with Dave Allen in an Eliminator for the British title, Joshua Buatsi goes for his first pro title when he fights Andrejs Pokumeiko for the Vacant WBA International Light-Heavyweight strap, Katie Taylor defends her WBA and IBF World Lightweight titles against Kimberly Connor and unbeaten Super-Welterweights Anthony Fowler and Craig O’Brien meet over eight rounds
 
Face value tickets for July 28 are available from http://www.stubhub.co.uk/matchroom-boxing-tickets/ . StubHub is the official ticket partner and marketplace of Matchroom Boxing and Anthony Joshua.

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