After appearing on the big stage, you might think Sean Dodd would be reluctant to go back to the small hall circuit again.  For the last few years, the 34-year-old has been a regular fixture on big arena shows live on Sky Sports, but ‘Masher’ says he can’t wait to tread the boards again at the Liverpool Olympia on November 30. 

The upcoming VIP Promotions card is headlined by a fan-friendly clash between local prospects Liverpool’s Tom McGuinness and Skelmersdale’s Colin Day yet, despite being a former Commonwealth Lightweight and WBC International Champion, Dodd has no problems appearing on the undercard and knows from experience the atmosphere will be electric.

“To be honest, I’m more excited to be on a small hall show,” said the popular Birkenhead fighter.  “I’m looking forward to being in the thick of it amongst all the up and coming local talent.  I know what the atmosphere will be like – it will be really lively – because these shows are what I had to do to earn the Sky Sports shots.  To be honest it can be a bit lonely on those big shows.  I’ve been looking forward to getting back on the VIP shows for a while now, I really have.”

Dodd, 15-4-1 (3), goes into the Olympia show on the back of two losses.  In August he was beaten by rising star Joe Cordina; but losing his Commonwealth belt inside-the-distance to Hull’s Tommy Coyle in April is a defeat that still smarts. 

With wins over former GB Team Captain, Tom Stalker, and the new European champion Francesco Patera on his ledger, as well as two highly contentious losses to Scott Cardle – Masher is still convinced he has more to give, and says his chase for titles isn’t finished yet.

“When I first started boxing I was doing it for the love of it and for how it was changing my life around.  But then I started learning and improving and beating people that, on paper, should have been wiping the floor with me, and I was winning titles.  I’ve won the Commonwealth and the WBC International, I’ve beaten a former world title challenger, and the current European champion.  It’s definitely made me realise that there’s more to me.

“I lost to Tommy Coyle, and I’ll never take credit away from him, but Tommy didn’t beat me at my best.  I defended the Commonwealth belt fantastically against Tom Stalker, but I just wasn’t there for the Coyle fight.  Tommy beat me fairly, but to lose it knowing I wasn’t in there giving myself the best chance is hard. 

“In my head, Patera is now the European champion and I’ve beaten him, and if I’d done what I know I’m capable of then I could have beaten Tommy Coyle as well.  So, I feel that I want to go and win the European Title now, and I’d still like to win the British as well.  I’ve got my heart set on the European or British, either one.  It feels like I should have had the British before anyway [against Scott Cardle]; I feel I was robbed of that, and I do feel like I can go to European level.”

“It’s good to have Masher on this Liverpool show,” said promoter Steve Wood.  “He’s had a great career already, and has some good wins.  When you look at what Patera did to Lewis Ritson recently, then you can see how good Masher’s win over him now looks. 

“He also should have been the British champion when most people thought he won the second Cardle fight.  He recently accepted a fight with Cardle on the Bellew and Usyk undercard at just ten days notice, but Cardle’s team opted for Ricky Burns instead.  We’ll ease Masher back in, then go chasing belts again in 2019.

“I’m really looking forward to this Liverpool card, the headliner between McGuinness and Day will be a great clash of styles, it’s a 50-50 fight and both will give it everything.  And with the likes of Masher on the undercard, it’s going to be a really good night of boxing.”

VIP Promotions presents an evening of boxing at the Liverpool Olympia on November 30.

Headlining will be Liverpool’s Tom McGuinness versus Sklemersdale’s Colin Day.

Also appearing will be Liverpool’s Luke Willis, Sean Cairns, Marcel Braithwaite, Jay Farrell, Matthew Rennie and James Collins; Birkenhead’s Sean Dodd; Wales’ Cameron Halfpenny; and Warrington’s Mike Mckay.

Tickets priced at £30, £35, £40 and £60 (ringside) are available from all boxers, or at 

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Steve Brogan, 12-1-2 (2), tops the bill at the Liverpool Olympia on Saturday September 29, live on The fighter from Skelmersdale will contest the vacant Central Area Lightweight Title against late replacement Brad ‘Beefy’ Botham, 5-5-1 (1), after the withdrawal of original opponent, Shakeeb Ali.
Despite the change, Brogan says he isn’t fazed. The 34-year-old recently chatted to VIP TV and explained how – if victorious – he is hoping the belt will be the springboard onto bigger titles.

“He’s not a journeyman; he’s coming to win the title,” said Brogan. “I’ve seen a couple of his fights. He looks a good kid, comes forward and had been in a couple of Central Area Title fights before. So, he’s got the experience. He’s good, he fights in the pocket and I’m looking forward to it. I’m grateful to be topping the bill at The Olympia. It’s a proper fighting venue, and the undercard is great with loads of talent on.”
“There’s always a great atmosphere at the Olympia,” said promoter, Steve Wood. “This will be a good fight and, despite Botham getting the opportunity late, that could work in his favour because there’s no pressure on him. We’ve had Botham on our shows before and he will definitely give Steve a very good test. So, this headliner will make for good viewing for the fans, and we’ve got an entertaining undercard too featuring local fighters including Tom Farrell, and Luke Willis.”
VIP Promotions presents Skelmersdale’s Steve Brogan against Yorkshire’s Brad Botham for the vacant Central Area Lightweight Title at the Liverpool Olympia on September 29.
Appearing on the undercard will be Liverpool’s Luke Willis, Lloyd Campbell, Tom Farrell, Adam Farrell, Tom McGuinness and Marcel Braithwaite.
Tickets are priced at £30 (upper balcony), £35 (lower balcony), £40 (ground floor), and £60 (ringside) – please call 01942 874 241 or visit
The show will be streamed live

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With his hand troubles behind him, Liverpool’s Luke Willis is gunning for the big names from the British lightweight division as heads into his next outing on September 29 at Liverpool’s Olympia.
The Scouser has cruised to 7-0 (1) with the use of just one mitt but, after a successful operation, says he is now firing on all cylinders and is willing to take on all-comers.
The VIP Promotions’ Olympia card is headlined by Skelmersdale’s Steve Brogan fighting for the Central Area Lightweight belt again Yorkshire’s Brad Botham, live on Confident Willis wants the chance to box for that title next; as well as fancying his chances against Birkenhead’s former Commonwealth champ Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd, and ex-British champion Scott Cardle.
“I can box, fight and counter-punch, but my best attribute is hitting and not getting hit,” explained Luke. “When someone comes at me, when I’m in a 50-50 fight, then you’ll see the best of me. I’m training well, and my hand is sound, and you’ll see at this next show and then the big fights afterwards that [manager] Steve [Wood] has promised me.
“Steve Brogan is a good friend of mine, but if it got offered and we both took it, then great. Steve’s a friend but I’m levels above him, and he’d say so himself. I’ll fight anyone; if you’re not in my gym, then you’re not on my team and you’re against me. That’s my attitude.
“The fight I’m gunning for though is Sean Dodd, or Cardle. They’re the two fighters I really want; I want their scalps on my record. I’ve got the beating of them, and I want to test myself. I want the opportunity and I’m ready for them right now. Don’t get me wrong, they’re game fighters and I’m not saying they’d be scared of me, but once my name gets mentioned they know they’ll have their work cut out. In the boxing world, people know I’m a handful.”
Willis is from a notable Liverpool fighting family that includes his uncle Tony, a one-time Olympic medallist, and former British Lightweight Champion. Southpaw Luke is keen to point out though that, although he has been fighting all his life, he has made his own way in the sport. The 27-year-old, who has plenty of fight-game insiders believing in his ability, is convinced, with the right backing and opportunities, he can go all the way.
“I’ve been boxing since I was a baby. It’s in my blood, it’s who I’ve been brought up to be. When I was about eleven, Tony was a bit of an inspiration, but it’s more about the name and having something to live up to. There’s a bit of pressure because I’m a Willis, but them as people, they’ve been no inspiration, they’ve never helped me. Don’t get me wrong, Tony and Kenny were quality boxers, I can’t take that away from them, but I can’t speak about people I don’t know. I want to outdo them, Tony won a British Title, so I want to win a European or World belt. I want to do one better and show I’m cut from a different cloth.
“I don’t want to be sitting here saying I can be world champion but, genuinely, with decent sponsors and Steve [Wood] backing me one hundred per cent, then I really believe I could be. My sole goal right now is to become British champion, I’ve got my heart set on that British Title. And I don’t want to win it against a nobody, I want to beat the best, so I become the ‘man’. When I win the British and have defended it, then we’ll see how far I can go. I’m not looking past September 29th, any fight I fight is a world title fight because nothing is promised to anyone. But, given the right opportunities, I know with my ability I can go all the way.”
VIP Promotions presents Skelmersdale’s Steve Brogan against Yorkshire’s Brad Botham for the vacant Central Area Lightweight Title at the Liverpool Olympia on September 29.


Appearing on the undercard will be Liverpool’s Luke Willis, Lloyd Campbell, Tom Farrell, Adam Farrell, Tom McGuinness and Marcel Braithwaite.

Ticket info are priced at £30 (upper balcony), £35 (lower balcony), £40 (ground floor), and £60 (ringside) – please call 01942 874 241 or visit

The show will be streamed live

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