Pearson Successfully Returns to the Fray with a Shutout Victory on Home Town Show

Photos courtesy of Steve Miller.

Last Saturday night, at the Hoops Basketball Centre in Barrow-in-Furness, local prospect Callum Pearson made a successful return to the fray, following an eighteen month sabbatical from the sport, and scored a sensational shut out points victory over Belfast’s Marty Kayes. 

From the opening bell Pearson cooly controlled the contest, utilising his reach advantage and slick ringcraft to keep the Irish battler on the back foot for much of the fight. Whilst yes Pearson controlled the majority of each round Kayes showed the crowd that he hadn’t come to just make up the numbers as he pushed the local lads strong defence to the limit, so much so that many ringside fans became quite nervous at times, which they vocalised with volume.

Following the victory Pearson spoke briefly;

“It was good to get back in the ring after 18 months out, due to a shoulder injury, and where better to do so than in my home town. 

“Marty is as tough as old boots so I knew I had to keep him at arms length and use my class also it my first 6 round fight and I felt I done it comfortably. 

“Wanna thank all my family and friends for supporting such a great night and even bigger thank you to my girlfriend for everything she does for me.”

Pearson-Kayes was elevated to co-headline of the event, following major dramas affecting the former headline fights, Lee Kellet versus Isaac Paakwasi Ankrah and Lee Mcallister versus Justice Addy PBC Commonwealth Championship fights, that prevented the Ghanaians making the show.

Co-headlining was another local lad, Lee Kellett against very late replacement Latvia’s Mareks Kovalevskis in an eight round non-championship contest when his original Commonwealth title opponent Ghana’s Isaac Paakwasi Ankrah failed to make the trip due to visa issues.

Kellett really had his hands full with the energetic all action Latvian, control of the bout switched constantly, so much so that going into the eighth and final round Kellet was up on the referees scorecard by just a single round.

Two minutes into the final round, which Kellett appeared to be winning, Kellett stepped back to avoid a big shot from Kovalevskis and his legs just seemed to give way, luckily not to the canvas but onto the second rope. 

However when Kellett tried to stand his legs just folded, leaving referee Lee Murtagh no option but to stop the contest and call for the medical team to enter the ring to tend to the stricken big Cumbrian.

The local fans applauded when Kellett finally was able to get up from the corner stool, and more sportingly, showed vocally showed their appreciation to the victor Kovalevskis when his hand was raised.

Prior to the two co-headliners being in action there was due to be an International Heavyweight contest between Metin Turunc from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and Belfast’s Ryan Kilpatrick, however shortly before the fighters were due to make their respective ring-walks Kilpatrick fell ill from food poisoning.

The failure of the Turunc-Kilpatrick contest to go ahead see the scheduled fourth fight, Aberdeen’s Lee Mcallister versus another very late replacement Dmitrijs Ovsjannikovs from Latvia, elevated to the number three slot on the schedule.

The highly decorated McAllister is a four time, four division World Champion and as such seeing him boxing in a four rounder must have surprised more than a few in attendance.

Unsurprisingly McAllister controlled the first round with ease. As the second round progressed Ovsjannikovs confidence increasingly grew and around the second minute of the round launched an attack, landing a tasty shot, McAllister’s response was a lightning fast hook to the body that forced the Latvian to take a knee. No matter how hard Ovsjannikovs tried he could not get back to his feet, leaving referee Lee Murtagh no option but to waive the fight off on the 2 Minute 20 Second mark of the second round.

Opening the pro section of the show was Aberdeen’s Nathan Beattie against yet another late replacement, Latvia’s Ritvars Krauklis, after original opponent Ben Ankrah failed to make the trip from Ghana.

For the first couple of minutes of the opening round both fighters really went for it, then as the second minute of the round loomed Beattie landed a peach of a shot that sent Krauklis reeling backwards and onto the ropes. 

Beattie literally launched himself at the Latvian on the ropes, letting rip with a flurry of huge lefts and rights, the final shot sent Krauklis partially through the ropes. The plucky Latvian tried to manoeuvre from between the ropes but failed in his attempt due to a clearly painful injury to his left arm, that was sustained when he went through the ropes.

Plaudits to the Assassin Promotions team for overcoming all the obstacles that almost forced the event to be rescheduled, as all in all it was a fantastic event, have to say not just because of the fights, praise should also go to the audience too as they were so enthusiastic throughout, even in the breaks, the Cumbrian fans, lead by the MC Alan Moses and the Ring Card Girls, enjoyed themselves singing and dancing along with the music.

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Two-Time World Champ Harrison Returns On 8th Dec – Faces Ghana’s Annan in Glasgow.


On Saturday 8th December former two-time World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Champion Scott Harrison makes his welcome return to the ring, at the Glasgow Club in Bellahouston, Glasgow.

Harrison (27-3-2, 15 wins via KO), who was released from prison in July after serving three years of a four-year sentence for assault in Spain, is set to face Ghana’s Tackie Annan (11-6-0, 10 wins via KO)for the Professional Boxing Council (PBC) International Lightweight Championship.

Annan’s last visit to Scotland, back in October 2017,see the big punching Ghanaian knockout Aberdeen’s Nathan Beattie in the second round of their PBC Silver International Lightweight Championship contest at the Beach Ballroom in Aberdeen.

Without doubt the choice of Annan for his return fight, after so long out of the ring, shows the Glaswegian’s determination to take meaningful fights in his quest to regain ranking for future World Championship accolades, as Harrison made clear when he spoke earlier today.

“I’m really looking forward to the 8th December and getting back to work. I’ve not boxed in five years so it’s going to be a terrific night and I can’t wait.

“I’ve not got a lot of time left, so I’m looking forward to enjoying the rest of my career and hopefully win the World title again.

“To get in the position to challenge for my third World title I needed a good test on my first fight back, Annan’s proved himself, he won ten of his fights by knockout, including against Nathan (Beattie) last year.

“I’m in a good place mentally and physically, and I feel in good condition as well.I have had a full ten-week training camp, sparring has gone well and there haven’t been any distractions, so now I am really looking forward to getting back to work on the 8th of December and putting on a good performance in front of all the supporters.”

Scott Harrison versus Tackie Annan for the Professional Boxing Council (PBC) International Lightweight Championship takes place at the Glasgow Club in Bellahouston, Glasgow on Saturday the 8th December 2018.

Tickets: Priced £60 (Ringside), £50 (Outer Ringside)and £40 (Standard Seating) are available from the Assassin Boxing Promotions Ticket Line: 07594 144433 and on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com and www.tickets-scotland.com

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Decastro: It’s My Destiny To Be World Champion.


Bardney, Lincolnshire’s Nathan Decastro (14-0-0) wholeheartedly believes it is his destiny to become World Champion. In just over a weeks time he finally gets the opportunity to make his childhood dream come true, when challenges Accra, Ghana’s Daniel Adjei Sowah (20-6-2) for the World Boxing Union (WBU), Super Middleweight Championship of the World at the Glasgow Club in Bellahouston, Glasgow on Saturday the 8th December 2018.

Decastro, who is currently ranked #6 in the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Intercontinental rankings, earned the shot for the WBU World Crown with a solid points victory over West African Boxing Union (WABU) Champion Agoe Ashong (11-2-0) to secure the Professional Boxing Council (PBC) Commonwealth title at Pride Park in Derby back in September.

Speaking from his home earlier Decastro could barely hide his joy at the opportunity to fight for his first World Championship.

“I’m buzzing, I just can’t wait. I mean not only am I fighting for the World title, but will be fighting for it on the undercard of Scott Harrison’s return to the ring, exciting times.

“My camps gone really well, I’m feeling fitter and stronger than ever. We’re not leaving anything to chance; we’ve covered every conceivable angle.

“My father Frank has made sure of that, he’s a great coach, I really am blessed that he trains me.

“We know he’s a banger, but so am I and what’s more I have a better KO ration of 11 in 14 against his 13 in 28 and more importantly I believe I am more hungry for this than him.

“It’s been my dream since I started boxing as a youngster to win a World title and now I’m just over a week away from making my dreams come true.

“Especially as I am fighting for the WBU Title, we have history with this Championship at the Bracebridge Boxing Club, as Kelly Oliver whose father owns the club also fought for the WBU crown, at Cruiserweight, so have to win it and bring the belt back to the gym I’ve trained at all my career.”

Decastro then went onto vent his frustrations over the way bureaucracy had thwarted his previous Championship efforts.

“I’ve had a really frustrating year or so, yes I won the Commonwealth title last time out but twice this year I was supposed to challenge for the World title.

“Unfortunately bureaucratic red tape caused the fights to be cancelled, either Visa issues came into play,as with the original planned fight against Agoe (Ashong) in July or worse still unnecessary political interference by the EBU, which scuppered the IBF European fight against Ronnie (Landaeta).

“This time though it’s different, Daniel has his Visa and the EBU can’t possibly interfere, so no excuses.

“It’s my destiny to be World Champion, come 8th December, my dreams will come true, I will be crowned World Champion as I owe it to my legion of fans that have been awesome and so supportive.”

Nathan ‘Nightmare’ Decastro versus Daniel Adjei Sowah for the World Boxing Union (WBU) Super Middleweight Championship of the World, is the main support for the highly anticipated return to the ring of two time WBO World Champion Scott Harrison(27-3-2) against Tackie Annan (11-6-0) at the Glasgow Club in Bellahouston, Glasgow on Saturday the 8th December 2018.

Tickets: Priced £60(Ringside), £50 (Outer Ringside) and £40 (Standard Seating) are available from the Assassin Boxing Promotions Ticket Line: 07594 144433 and on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com.

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Scott Harrison Signs to Lee McAllister’s Promotional Outfit – Former WBO Champ Back in Action Dec 8th


 
Scottish Promoter and current WBU/WBF World Champion Lee McAllister today announced that former two-time WBO World Champion Scott Harrison has signed to his rapidly growing Assassin Boxing Promotions & Management stable.
 
McAllister also announced that Harrison is set to have his first fight under the Assassin Boxing Promotions & Management banner on December 8th, at the Glasgow Club Bellahouston in Glasgow, which he believes will be the first step on a journey that will end with another World Championship belt around the former WBO Champion’s waist.
 
Following the announcement Harrison said;
 
“I can’t thank Lee (McAllister) enough for the opportunity. I’m glad to be back and I’ve got to seize this opportunity with both hands.
 
“I am in the gym five days a week and train three times per day. I feel good in sparring, doing my roadwork and shadow boxing. I feel very capable of winning the title again.
 
“I am very focused on being World Champion again and I wouldn’t bet against me. I think it is my time again, I believe that. I am very motivated, focused and determined to win a World title again.
 
Harrison continued, saying: “Everyone knows what happened to my career but you try to look to the future, not the past. This is me back and looking forward to the future and hopefully finish off my career on a high.
 
“I’ve unfinished business, I lost my license in 2007 then got it back in 2012, but with the Spanish cases it set my career back. I’ve no more cases and I’m looking forward to getting on with the final part of my career.
 
“There were a couple of times when I thought I’d never be able to come back or get an opportunity to come back.
 
“The path’s now clear, I can concentrate on boxing 100%.” he added. “It can be done. I don’t see why it can’t. The only reason I wasn’t world champion was because I was sent to Spain. I was undefeated in my second reign, all I needed was the opportunity.
 
“My motivation first and foremost is to provide for my family. And the second is to win the World title again – I believe I’ve got what it takes.
 
“I’m in a good place mentally and physically, and I feel in good condition as well. I’m just looking forward to December 8th, getting back to work. I’ve not boxed competitively in five years so it’s going to be a terrific night and I can’t wait.”
 
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McAllister Steps Up To Heavyweight – Faces Williams in Aberdeen July 28th

It was announced yesterday that Lee “The Aberdeen Assassin” McAllister will face Danny “The Brixton Bomber” Williams in a heavyweight clash at the Beach Ballroom in Aberdeen on Saturday 28th.
 
Former two-weight WBU champion and current PBC International and Commonwealth Super Welterweight Champion and WBF Welterweight World Champion McAllister, 35, will step up multiple divisions to face former British and Commonwealth champion Williams in the Granite City.
 
Williams, who famously fought and stopped former undisputed heavyweight world champion Tyson in the fourth round of their Louisville, USA, clash in 2004, is the reigning GBF Heavyweight World Champion, following his first round knockout victory over Martin Stensky in Szoinok Hungary on the 28th April
 
Also in April this year McAllister stepped up to fight at heavyweight, defeating Lee Kellett 39-37 in Ayr in a four round contest.
 
Following that victory the Aberdonian claimed he wanted to continue at heavyweight and fight a legend – like Williams, and add a Heavyweight title to his collection.
 
Williams had made numerous warnings, following the Aberdeen Assassins calling him out over the past month, claiming he would knock out McAllister in three rounds if they ever met.
 
The war of words continued with McAllister responding by claiming he would happily face Williams.
 
McAllister stated in the Evening Express: “It is a massive fight for both myself and for Aberdeen.
 
“If I could pull off the unthinkable and actually beat Williams it would be absolutely massive.
 
“A win would cement my legacy in boxing.”
 
Whilst no doubting McAllister’s pedigree, albeit in lower weight divisions, from Lightweight to Super Welterweight, it’s still a big call for the Aberdeen man as Williams has been in with some of the best in the World, not just Tyson, he also fought Vitali Klitschko for the WBC world heavyweight title in 2004, losing to an eighth round stoppage.
 
Williams, who is six foot three and weighing 18 stone 13 lbs and has a 79-inch reach and has won his last three fights with first round stoppages, recently claimed he is rejuvenated and is a completely different fighter to the one that had a shocking collapse of form between 2011-14.
 
McAllister says he doesn’t underestimate the threat of, or punching power of Williams, who has stopped thirty nine of his opponents in his 52 career wins.
 
McAllister said: “There is no surprise Danny Williams has taken the fight because having read what he said in the Evening Express he thinks it is an easy job for him.
 
“He said he thinks he could take me out in three rounds.
 
“I just hope he is underestimating me as I certainly won’t be underestimating him.”
 
Lee McAllister versus Danny Williams is scheduled to take place at the Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen on Saturday 28th July 2018.
 
Tickets for McAllister Vs Williams on sale on Monday – Ticket line: 07594 144433 – Web: www.tkoboxoffice.com

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