WOOD EYEING TITLES FOR WRIGHT THIS SEASON

 

Steve Wood, manager of Danny Wright, believes the unbeaten light-welterweight will have a major impact on the domestic title scene with just a couple more victories under his belt.
 

Wright is currently 9-0 (4), as he heads into a September 15th outing at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse against Hungary’s Zoltan Szabo, 25-12 (11), which will be streamed live on vipboxing.tv. And Wood, who has guided countless fighters to title successes – most recently, Commonwealth Featherweight Champion, Ryan Doyle – is convinced the Failsworth fighter will add more titles to the VIP Promotions’ ‘Hall of Fame’.

 

“Danny has been pro for a couple of years and breezed his apprenticeship,” said Wood from his VIP Promotions’ Astley base. “We’ll be stepping him up this season though and I’m sure he’ll rise to the challenge and put in some big performances. He’s in against Szabo for this first show, who should provide a solid test, because he has a lot of experience and can punch a bit himself.

 

“Danny has already impressed people in the game and been signed to a promotional contract by Frank Warren. We’ll be keeping him busy though, and I’m looking forward to seeing him perform at the Victoria Warehouse. It’s a good card to kick off the new season and is topped by Salford’s Marc Leach in what should be a cracking English Title fight eliminator against Louis Norman.”

 

Wright – a decorated England international who was both a junior and senior ABA champ – says he is hoping to face a real test this year, before gate-crashing the domestic rankings. The 22-year-old acknowledges the UK light-welterweight division is thriving, but believes the Commonwealth and English Titles are already within his capabilities.

 

“I’m happy to be steered by my team, but I’d love to get the English Title,” said the full-time fighter. “I’m feeling confident this season will bring a title. It’s just about taking opportunities as they come.

 

“Light-welter is very competitive at domestic level. You’ve got Sam Maxwell coming from the GB Squad who is at a similar stage of his career to me. Above that you’ve got Jack Catterall, Ohara Davies, Josh Taylor – so there’s a lot of talent at the weight. I’m young still and have got plenty of time to get to that level and into the mix.

 

“I don’t think I’m far off the likes of [Commonwealth Champion] Glenn Foot or Sam O’Maison [English Champion] though. I just need a few testing fights because I’ve not been in one as a pro. I’ve been walking through everyone put in front of me, and not even dropped a round yet. So, I just need to come though a good test and then I think I could fight either of them, and I’m confident I’d beat them.

 

“I’m over the moon to be with a big promoter like Frank Warren. I’ll just take every opportunity, hopefully get the right fights at the right times and keep impressing, because that’s what it’s all about. I want to start getting the big fights and get up the rankings, and I’m really looking forward to starting this season at the Victoria Warehouse.”

 

VIP Promotions presents Salford’s Marc Leach against Leicestershire’s Louis Norman in an English Bantamweight Title eliminator on September 15 at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse.

 

Appearing on the undercard will be Stretford’s Bradley Rea; Failsworth’s Danny Wright; Beswick’s Kane Gardner; Wigan’s James Moorcroft, Andrew Fleming and Casey Connelly; Leigh’s Adam Ridge; Blackpool’s Jamie Mitchell; Moston’s Lyndon Arthur; Bolton’s Muhammad Ali, and Ashton under Lyne’s Charlie Schofield.

 

Ticket info are priced at £35 (General), £60 (Ringside), and £60 (VIP Booth) – please call 01942 874 241 or visit vipboxing.tv.

 

The show will be streamed live vipboxing.tv

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EXCITING MANCHESTER PROSPECT LINKS UP WITH VIP PROMOTIONS

 

Exciting Stretford prospect Bradley Rea has linked up with VIP Promotions, following the likes of IBF World Featherweight Champion Josh Warrington, and former world lightweight ruler Terry Flanagan, by joining the talent-rich stable.

 

The 20-year-old debuts at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse on September 15, on a card topped by Salford’s Marc Leach against Leicestershire’s Louis Norman in an English Title eliminator. With the show – streamed live on vipboxing.tv – just weeks away, Rea, a former Junior ABA Champ and England international, has already set his sights on a Lonsdale Belt as the minimum of what he wants to achieve in his pro career.

 

“I’m over the moon to be with VIP,” said Rea, who boxed for St Johns ABC in Chorlton, a club run by his father. “I’ve been going to VIP shows since I was a kid, and the Victoria Warehouse is just around the corner from me. It’s great to be a part of the stable. I did have a few options, but I’ve seen what Steve [Wood] has done with some of the fighters he’s had, and I think he’s the best man to get me where I want to go.

 

“I’m just starting out, but before I retire I want the British Title outright, and that’s a minimum. Anything after that is a bonus. I’m only young but by the time I hit the back end of my 20s, I believe I’ll be able to compete at world level. I’ve had 97 amateur fights, so I’m already an experienced boxer. I want to be in big fights, but I have time on my side and am more than happy with learning fights at the moment.”

 

All the signs are that Bradley, who is trained by Blaine Younis from Ricky Hatton’s Hyde-based gym, should hit the ground running in the paid game. Dedicating himself full-time to his new career, Rea says he was constantly told during his unpaid days that he had a pro style, and believes he already has the versatility to adapt in the ring.

 

“I’m quite tall for a middleweight, six foot three, but I do like to fight inside. If I have to box at range then I’m happy to do it, but if I need to have a dust-up then I’m happy to do that too. I can switch hit, and I’ve always been told I fight like a pro. So, I definitely feel I’m going to be suited to it.

 

“I can’t wait to get my career started; I’ve felt ready for the last four weeks. It’s really exciting; the Victoria Warehouse is just around the corner from my house so hopefully I’ll get the place rammed and the atmosphere will be amazing.”

 

“I’m really pleased to have Bradley onboard,” said Steve Wood, who heads operations at VIP Promotions. “We’ve already had a couple of world champions, and plenty of British champs at VIP. I don’t know how far Bradley can go, but he’s a real prospect and I’ve got high hopes for him. He’s got plenty of time, so we won’t rush him, but I can see him making an impact because he’s got an exciting, crowd-pleasing style that the fans will love.”

 

VIP Promotions presents Salford’s Marc Leach against Leicestershire’s Louis Norman in an English Bantamweight Title eliminator on September 15 at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse.

 

Appearing on the undercard will be Stretford’s Bradley Rea; Failsworth’s Danny Wright; Beswick’s Kane Gardner; Wigan’s James Moorcroft, Andrew Fleming and Casey Connelly; Leigh’s Adam Ridge; Blackpool’s Jamie Mitchell; Moston’s Lyndon Arthur; Bolton’s Muhammad Ali, and Ashton under Lyne’s Charlie Schofield.

 

Ticket info are priced at £35 (General), £60 (Ringside), and £60 (VIP Booth) – please call 01942 874 241 or visit vipboxing.tv.

 

The show will be streamed live on vipboxing.tv

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HE’S BACK WEIGHTS AND RUNNING ORDER

Boxing – Tyson Fury & Sefer Seferi Weigh-In – Great Northern Amphitheatre, Manchester, Britain – June 8, 2018 Tyson Fury and Sefer Seferi during the weigh in with promoter Frank Warren (C) Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough

DOORS 15.45 HRS

Fight # 1 – 16:00 HRS
4 X 3 Minute Rounds International Light-Heavyweight Contest
ZAC BURTON 12st 7lbs V DOMINIK LANDGRAF 12st 9lbs 12oz

Fight # 2
6 X 3 Minute Rounds Heavyweight Contest
ALEX DICKINSON V DAVE HOWE (weigh-in on the day)

Fight # 3
6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Light-Heavyweight Contest
LYNDON ARTHUR 12st 8lbs 4oz V CHARLES ADAMU 12st 5lbs 1oz

Fight # 4
6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Cruiserweight Contest
JORDAN THOMPSON 14st 4lbs V DMITRI KALINOVSKI 13st 12lbs 8oz

Fight # 5
6 X 3 Minute Rounds Super-Welterweight Contest
JACK McGANN 11st 5lbs 3oz V DWAIN GRANT 11st 6lbs

Fight # 6
8 X 3 Minute Rounds International Super-Featherweight Contest
ZELFA BARRETT 9st 6lbs 4oz V EDWIN TELLEZ 9st 5lbs 8oz

BT SPORT BROADCAST GOES LIVE AT 19:00 HRS

Fight # 7 – 19:05 HRS
10 X 3 Minute Rounds Heavyweight Contest
NATHAN GORMAN 17st 11lbs 4oz V SEAN TURNER 18st 9lbs

Fight # 8
THE VACANT WBC INTERNATIONAL SUPER-WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12 X 3 Minute Rounds
J.J METCALF 11st V AITOR NIETO 10st 13lbs 4oz

Fight # 9
THE VACANT WBC INTERNATIONAL SILVER MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12 X 3 Minute Rounds
MARK HEFFRON 11st 5lbs 2oz V ANDREW ROBINSON 11st 5lbs 8oz

Fight # 10
“Frank Warren, for Queensberry Promotions, sponsored by 32Red and FootAsylum and in association with RocNation Sports”
THE VACANT WBO WORLD SUPER-LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12 X 3 Minute Rounds
TERRY FLANAGAN 9st 13lbs 5oz V MAURICE HOOKER 9st 13lbs 4oz

Fight # 11
“Frank Warren, for Queensberry Promotions, sponsored by 32Red and FootAsylum and in association with EC Boxpromotion”
10 X 3 Minute Rounds International Heavyweight Contest
TYSON FURY 19st 10lbs 7oz V SEFER SEFERI 15st 2oz

Fight # 12
6 X 3 Minute Rounds Super-Lightweight Contest
SAM MAXWELL 10st 1lb V KANE BAKER 10st

Fight # 13 – Follow On
8 X 3 Minute Rounds Middleweight Contest
JACK FLATLEY 11st 8lbs 4oz V TROY WILLIAMSON 11st 6lbs 8oz

Fight # 14 – Follow On
8 X 3 Minute Rounds Cruiserweight Contest
JACK MASSEY 14st 4lbs V IAN TIMS 14st 3lbs 10oz

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LYNDON ‘KING’ ARTHUR: “I’M NOT IN BOXING TO CONCEDE ANYONE IS BETTER THAN ME, AND THAT INCLUDES MR ANTHONY YARDE!”

This weekend, Moston masher Lyndon Arthur gets to state his case that he, rather than Londoners Anthony Yarde or Joshua Buatsi, represents the best long-term bet of adding to England’s haul of five world light-heavyweight champions.

Since being extended the full four round distance on his September 2016 pro debut, the 6ft 2in Manc slaughterman has savaged his last nine quarry inside five rounds (one disqualification win) and is creating quite a commotion in his native north-west.

On Saturday, in a warm-up act to lineal world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury’s ring return at Manchester Arena, ‘King Arthur’ steps up against Ghana’s former Commonwealth Super-Middleweight champion Charles Adamu in a scheduled six rounder.

‘People are continually saying Anthony Yarde, Anthony Yarde, Anthony Yarde….!’ says the 26 year old Steve Wood managed starlet who is coached by his cousin Pat ‘Black Flash’ Barrett, the former British and European 10st champion and ex world welterweight challenger at the world famous Collyhurst and Moston Lads gym.

‘Look, it will happen if we both keep winning. But right now, I have my path to focus on and Yarde has his. It’s likely to be built up over a few years but if we both keep winning, we will get there.’

With an amateur CV listing 50 bouts, several England vests and WSB representation, the former two-time Senior ABA finalist’s pedigree far eclipses that of ‘The Beast’ from east London. However, sans singlet, terminator Yarde has left 14 of his 15 paid opponents kissing the canvas and is already highly ranked by both the WBO and IBF.

‘I’m constantly asked but I refuse to compare us,’ continues Arthur.

‘We’re rivals but I don’t disregard what Anthony’s achieving. He’s a very good fighter. I rate him highly. I congratulate any success in any walk of life, I wish there were no poor people and everybody could do well. But that’s not life. Provided Anthony treats me well, he’ll hear no badmouthing from me. But when we do get there, I believe that I have the attributes to beat him. 

‘I don’t need to call people out. The fight is inevitable if we’re to get to where we want to be. Time will tell but I’m very confident in my ability to rise above both him and Joshua Buatsi. I just believe in myself. 

‘You don’t ever want to be a loser when you love this sport as much as I do. I’m not in boxing to concede anyone is better than me….and that includes Mr Anthony Yarde.’

‘King Arthur’ commenced his pro career 16 months later than Yarde, has engaged in five fewer fights and is yet to confront an opponent with a winning slate. However, given he didn’t have a competitive bout until he was 19, the brutal manner in which he has butchered a list of battle-hardened circuit fighters merits serious attention.

‘Having studied each of my opponents in advance, I’ve expected to get rounds out of them. It’s not that I’ve beaten them, it’s HOW I’ve beaten them,’emphasises Lyndon.

‘I’ve a great jab, great boxing ability, I can box forwards or backwards and I’ve reasonable power, especially with the right uppercut. Above all, I’ve exceptionally quick hands for a big man. It’s my speed that takes them out. 

‘I’ve already had very competitive spars with the likes of Callum Smith, Jordan Thompson, Mark Heffron, Jack Massey, Josh Buatsi and others on the GB set-up so I know when I acquire the necessary rounds and experience, I’m going to be right up there.’ 

While Saturday’s foe Adamu has already blown out the candles on his 40thbirthday cake, he’s been halted just once – by WBA Super-Middle boss George Groves – in a 39 fight 17 year career that has included 12 round championship scraps with the likes of Carl Froch and Rocky Fielding.

Entering on a streak of five wins, four by stoppage, it is unlikely that the proud African has come to lie down passively.

‘Adamu has to be viewed as my stiffest test because he’s the first with a winning record. It’s a big step up. I’ll have ‘happy’ nerves, ‘keep me sharp’ nerves!’ concludes Arthur, father to a three year old son.

‘This should help show what I still need to work on. I’m expecting six hard rounds but if I can get him out early, I will. 

‘I’m expecting Adamu to be as good as he was in his prime against Groves but, even on that performance, I still know I’ve got more than enough to beat him.

‘I think I’m a great boxer who can knock people out and that’s what fans want to see.’

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