GARNER: “I WANT TO BE IN FIGHTS LIKE WARRINGTON-FRAMPTON”


Ryan Garner has been inspired by the recent Featherweight thriller between Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton and believes 2019 is his year.

The precocious 21-year-old from Southampton wants some boxing bling to accompany his obvious talent and is adamant that he wants to get into the belt business in 2019.

The Piranha, as he is otherwise known, enters into his ninth professional contest at the Morningside Arena in Leicester on February 23 to kick off a year he strongly suspects will be a defining one for him.

“Why is this year going to be my year?” said the spiteful punching featherweight. “Because this year I am going to be active and busy – and I believe I am going to win a title this year.

“I believe I am going to win something. Anything really, the English, the WBO European or Intercontinental, I just want to win one.”

Garner’s own train of thought is that his apprenticeship has been served and he is ready to participate in some genuine punch-ups against equally willing opponents.

“One hundred per cent, this is the year where I know myself – having been a pro for three years – that this is where I need to step up and face people of a much better level than I have been facing so far.

“So I need to keep my head focused, train my b*lls off and get myself ready.

“I think it will make me look even better and I will enjoy it. These people I have been fighting are half trying just to survive. It makes it harder sometimes.

“I think when people start throwing back that is when I will start stopping people even more because they will leave themselves open.”

Garner concedes that entering into open warfare in the ring is what he enjoys most and it is not something he is prepared to change, bar a little tightening of the defences. He is in the entertainment business and he knows it.

“Definitely, with my style it is always going to be an exciting fight and every fight I’ve had has been that way. It is just the way I am, I am front-foot, aggressive and I won’t change.

Those are my main attributes, my workrate and punch variety, but I need to do little things to not get hit as much so we are tweaking things.

“But my style is what makes me entertaining and you don’t want to take that away from me. It works for me and that is what people want to see on television. Look at the likes of Gatti who everybody wanted to watch.

“When I am fighting I want people to think ‘I’m going to watch that Ryan Garner because he is always in good fights’.

“I want to be in fights like the Warrington-Frampton one,” added the cherubic-looking pugilist, who confirmed that he definitely intends to campaign as a nine-stoner in his bid for honours.

“I am a featherweight, definitely. I was 9st 1lb for my last fight so I was only a bit over. With my nutritionist for my last fight it was the best I have felt going into it. I made the weight and felt totally fresh.”
 
Tickets for the British super featherweight title clash between Sam Bowen and Ronnie Clark on Feb 23 at the Morningside Arena, featuring Ryan Garner, are available from £40 are on sale NOW via Eventbrite

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SUNNY LOOKING TO SHINE IN TOUGH MEXICAN CHALLENGE


SUNNY EDWARDS WILL take on a tough Mexican challenge in the shape of Junior Granados when he returns to the ring at the Brentwood Centre on December 15 with the WBC International super flyweight title at stake, live on BT Sport

The 22-year-old will enter double figures as a professional when he bids for a tenth straight victory, following on from his most impressive performance to date when he outfoxed the experienced Ryan Farrag by a shut out margin on two of the judges’ cards at York Hall last month.

The win put a marker down in the super flyweight division for the currently Sheffield-based former Team GB member who hopes to place himself into contention for a shot at the British title to go alongside his WBO European belt.

Grenados is best known to UK and Ireland fight fans for his only fight outside of his native Mexico when he engaged in an absolute war against Jamie Conlan in Dublin in July 2015.

In a truly compelling encounter, Conlan was down and virtually out after being floored twice in the seventh round to body shots and then on the brink of stoppage when he was forced to fend off a flurry of shots that left him rocking on the ropes.

Against the odds, Conlan re-established his composure and, with the crowd behind him, finished strongly to clinch a decision on the cards that was disputed by the Granados camp.

The 25-year-old has since recorded three wins – with one defeat via split decision – and holds a record of 16-5-1. Two of the wins were against the world ranked Aston Palicte (20-1 at the time) and the previously unbeaten Roque Mex (16-0-1).

“He had a war with Jamie and had him down a couple of times – but Jamie still got the win – and since then he has had a good couple of wins,” said Edwards on his next assignment.

“They were two opponents with very good records, so Granados is definitely going to come and have a go. His record is probably a bit misleading with a few losses on it but he has fought top people and this is a good level fight.

“When it was offered to me I did what I have done with every one of my opponents, or potential opponents, and that is say yes. I haven’t said no to anyone and I think that is getting obvious now because there are a lot of easier fights I could have taken than Junior Granados.

“Coming off of my win over Farrag it was put to me by my promotional team that they wanted me on a TV bill to build up my momentum and that is what I need more than anything, along with the exposure of performing on BT Sport.

“One hundred per cent it is good that they are thinking of me in terms of being in fights like this. I feel like I deserve it now, the Farrag fight has elevated me to them wanting me on the shows and that is the best place I can be.”

9-0 Heavyweight sensation Daniel Dubois faces former World Title challenger Razvan Cojanu (16-4) on the BT Sport televised show from the Brentwood Centre. Former British Welterweight champion Bradley Skeete also returns and seeks to restore his name in the world rankings.

Also showcasing their talents in Brentwood will be exciting super featherweight Ryan Garner (7-0), super welterweight Hamza Sheeraz (5-0), former Team GB flyweight Harvey Horn (3-0), unbeaten Light Heavyweight Willy Hutchinson (6-0), bantamweight Jake Pettitt (4-0), middleweight Caoimhin Agyarko (1-0). Portsmouth lightweight Mark Chamberlain will make his professional debut.

TICKET PRICES
£150 – Hospitality
£100 – Floor
£50 – Bleachers unreserved
Doors Open: 4pm

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DANIEL DUBOIS FACES RAZVAN COJANU IN BRENTWOOD LIVE ON BT SPORT

21-YEAR-OLD Heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois will fight former world title challenger Razvan Cojanu on December 15th at the Brentwood Centre live on BT Sport.

Dubois (9-0) got taken the distance for the first time as a professional in October when American heavyweight veteran Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson managed to survive a one-sided, ten-round beating.

Next up for Dubois is American-based Romanian, Razvan Cojanu. The 31-year-old has 16 victories to his name and just four defeats; one of those defeats coming on points against New Zealander Joseph Parker for his WBO World Heavyweight strap in May 2017.

Razvan will be the second former world title challenger Dubois will have faced so far in his young boxing career to date; this being just his tenth outing as a professional.

“Razvan is a good fighter who has been fighting at world level for the last couple of years. It’s another step up in level of opponent and I’m looking forward to getting in the ring on December 15th and topping the bill in Brentwood.

“Kevin [Johnson] showed how durable he is in my last fight. I got ten good rounds in the bag from the fight. I went the distance and felt good from it, I enjoyed the experience and it will only help me become a better and stronger fighter going forward.”

Sunny Edwards is rewarded for his scintillating display last month against Ryan Farrag with a further defence of his WBO European super flyweight title on a BT Sport televised card.

The 22-year-old from Croydon will hit double figures on the night as he seeks to go 10-0 in the professional ranks.

Former British champion Bradley Skeete got back into winning ways at the same Brentwood venue in October with a savage third round stoppage of Fernando Valencia and now seeks to restore his name in the world rankings.

Also showcasing their talents in Brentwood will be exciting super featherweight Ryan Garner (7-0), super welterweight Hamza Sheeraz (5-0), former Team GB flyweight Harvey Horn (3-0), unbeaten Light Heavyweight Willy Hutchinson (6-0), bantamweight Jake Pettitt (4-0), middleweight Caoimhin Agyarko (1-0). Portsmouth lightweight Mark Chamberlain will make his professional debut.
 
TICKET PRICES
£150 – Hospitality
£100 – Floor
£50 – Bleachers unreserved
Doors Open: 4pm

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DANIEL DUBOIS AND SAM BOWEN HEADLINE DECEMBER 15TH BRENTWOOD SHOW LIVE ON BT SPORT


Daniel Dubois will return to the ring on December 15 on a night of top championship boxing at the Brentwood Centre, live on BT Sport, that also features British super featherweight champion Sam Bowen making a first defence of his title against Ronnie Clark.

The 21-year-old Dubois will be entering into his tenth professional contest against a soon to be revealed opponent and will be looking to finish the year with a bang, having already defeated D.L Jones (TKO 3), Tom Little (TKO 5) and Kevin Johnson (PTS) in 2018.

Explosive super featherweight Bowen, 14-0, gets back to domestic business after winning the WBO Intercontinental title last time out with a brutal fourth round stoppage of the tough Argentinean Horacio Alfredo Cabral.

He won the Lonsdale belt with a defeat of Maxi Hughes and now moves onto a hazardous defence against Clark, who won the IBF European title in February via a shock defeat of the previously unbeaten Zelfa Barrett at York Hall.

‘The Shark’, 21-4-2, from Dundee now gets the opportunity to prove the upset was no fluke against the leader of the current British super featherweight contenders.

Sunny Edwards is rewarded for his scintillating display last month against Ryan Farrag with a further defence of his WBO European super flyweight title on a BT Sport televised card.

The 22-year-old from Croydon will hit double figures on the night as he seeks to go 10-0 in the professional ranks.

Former British champion Bradley Skeete got back into winning ways at the same Brentwood venue in October with a savage third round stoppage of Fernando Valencia and now seeks to restore his name in the world rankings.

Also showcasing their talents in Brentwood will be exciting super featherweight Ryan Garner (7-0), super welterweight Hamza Sheeraz (5-0), former Team GB flyweight Harvey Horn (3-0), unbeaten welterweight Sanjeev Sahota (16-0), bantamweight Jake Pettitt (3-0), middleweight Caoimhin Agyarko (1-0). Portsmouth lightweight Mark Chamberlain will make his professional debut.
 
TICKET PRICES
£150 – Hospitality
£100 – Floor
£50 – Bleachers unreserved
Doors Open: 4pm

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‘THE TIME IS NOW’ WEIGHTS AND RUNNING ORDER


 
The following are the weights and the running order for ‘The Time is Now’ at the Morningside Leicester Arena on Saturday night. The show is live on BT Sport from 8:30pm and remaining tickets are available to purchase at the arena.
 
Fight #1 @ 17:00hrs
 
4×3 Minute Rounds Welterweight Contest
Callum Blockley vs Danny Little (weigh-in on the day)
 
Fight #2
 
4×3 Minute Rounds International Light-Heavyweight Contest
Ryan Hatton 12st 8lbs 5oz vs Przemyslaw Binienda (weigh-in on the day)
 
Fight #3
 
6×3 Minute Rounds International Featherweight Contest
Raza Hamza 9st 14oz vs Johnson Tellez 8st 13lbs 12oz
 
Fight #4
 
8×3 Minute Rounds International Middleweight Contest
Mark Heffron 11st 8lbs 2oz vs Aryee Ayiytey 11st 7lbs 6oz
 
Fight #5
 
6×3 Minute Rounds Super-Welterweight Contest
CJ Challenger 11st vs Scott James 11st 12oz
 
BT SPORT GO LIVE @ 20:30HRS
 
Fight #6
 
THE VACANT WBO INTERCONTINENTAL SUPER-FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12×3 Minute Rounds @ 130lbs
 
Sam Bowen 9st 3lbs 14oz vs Horacio Alfredo Cabral
 
Fight #7
 
THE INTERIM WBO WORLD FEMALE FLYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
10×2 Minute Rounds @112lbs
 
Nicola Adams OBE 7st 13lbs 10oz vs Isabel Millan 7st 13lbs 4oz
 
Fight #8
 
10×3 Minute Rounds International Heavyweight Contest
Daniel Dubois 17st 1lb vs Kevin Johnson 18st 4lbs
 
Fight #9
 
THE WBO INTERCONTINENTAL SUPER-LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12×3 Minute Rounds @140lbs
 
Jack Catterall 9st 13lbs 15oz vs Ohara Davies 9st 13lbs 14oz
 
Fight #10
 
THE WBO EUROPEAN SUPER-FETHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
10×3 Minute Rounds @130lbs
 
Lyon Woodstock 9st 3lbs 11oz vs Archie Sharp 9st 3lbs 9oz
 
BT SPORT LIVE BROADCAST CONCLUDES @00:00HRS
 
Fight #13- Floater
 
4×3 Minute Rounds International Flyweight Contest
Joe Maphosa 8st 3lbs 12oz vs Gyula Dodu 7st 13lbs 12oz

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SAM BOWEN READY TO BECOME FULL-TIME FIGHTER


 
SAM BOWEN hopes for a double celebration this weekend winning his second professional title and preparing to quit his day job.
 
He challenges Horacio Alfredo Cabral (21-2) for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Super Featherweight Title at Leicester’s Morningside Arena on Saturday (October 6).
 
But Ibstock’s British champion still works full-time building digger engines for Caterpillar meaning he has to run in the morning and can only get to the gym in the evenings.
 
He recently signed a promotional deal with Frank Warren and says: “Signing a promotional agreement with Frank and boxing on BT Sport will hopefully change things.
 
“I have spoken to my manager Carl Greaves and after this fight we need to look at a sponsor to cover my wages.
 
“I earn good money at my job and my son is only four months old so I cannot just jack my job in.
 
“While I can do my job and box I will, but the fights are getting serious and harder now that I am promoted by Frank.
 
“I don’t know really know rivals like Zelfa Barrett, Archie Sharp and Leon Woodstock, but I think they are all full-time professionals. The majority of lads at my level are training full-time.
 
“Becoming a full-time boxer will only benefit myself and everyone around me.”
 
Argentinian Cabral, 29, caused a big upset on the road last year when he toppled unbeaten Logan McGuinness in Canada – his only fight outside his homeland.
 
Bowen (13-0) insists having to work 40 hour weeks has not hindered his training ahead of debut on a Warren bill.
 
“I am lacking rest at the moment and my body is always sore, but I am super-fit and do not miss training because of work,” added the 26-year-old.
 
“After the morning run a lot of champion boxers rest and have their food, I am straight to work. Rest is as important as training.”
 
‘The Time Is Now’ is headlined by Jack Catterall v Ohara Davies. Leicester’s own, Lyon Woodstock defends his WBO European Super-Featherweight title against Archie Sharp. Heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois takes on former world title challenger Kevin Johnson. Olympian and double gold medallist Nicola Adams will be fighting Isabel Millan for the Interim WBO World Female Flyweight Title and Leicester’s British Super-Featherweight champion Sam Bowen also feature on a major night of boxing televised live on BT Sport.
 
Tickets are priced at £40, £60, £100, £150, £200 and are available to purchase from Eventbrite and Ticketmaster.

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GARNER PUNCHING IN GOOD COMPANY


 
AFTER A MEDICAL mishap resulted in him missing out on a June date, Ryan Garner has been keeping good company as he prepares for a return to the ring at the Morningside Arena in Leicester on Saturday.
 
The featherweight prospect – who faces Elvis Guillen in his eighth professional contest – after sparring Carl Frampton in the build-up to the Jackal’s huge Windsor Park occasion against Luke Jackson, has maintained the Northern Irish theme by trading friendly fire against Michael Conlan.
 
The 20-year-old also embarked on a week-long camp to join British featherweight champion Ryan Walsh for sparring over in Tenerife.
 
“Obviously I was supposed to fight in June but on the Thursday before the fight we got a call to say that my brain scan was out of date and we couldn’t get it done in time,” reflected Ryan on being absent from the 02 Arena show.
 
“I was gutted but it was just a mistake from us. It won’t happen again, don’t worry, we’ve all got it written down now – my mum, my dad, all of us.
 
“For this fight now I have sparred Michael Conlan for my last spar of camp and before that we were over in Tenerife sparring Ryan Walsh. That was a really good week and we did an eight and ten round spar together.
 
“It was just the whole different thing training out there and I really enjoyed it. All your focus on is solely on training and resting, so it made a really good camp for me.
 
“Conlan is technically very good and a real tricky customer. He gets you thinking and that is what you need.”
 
Exchanging blows with British champion Walsh and blue chip prospect Conlan provides Ryan with a useful measuring stick when it comes to charting his own progress in the pro game.
 
“I’m getting closer and closer every day, I feel. With every camp I’m having I am getting better and better all the time,” he stated, before adding that he is banking on his promoter Frank Warren steering him towards title contention next year now the pair have renewed their promotional pact.
 
“We have signed a new contract just to show we are both committed to each other and I owe him massively because he has been there for me through thick and thin.
 
“We are putting our futures together and I am happy about that because he has stuck by me and I truly believe that he can take me to where I want to be.
 
“We’ve got a good relationship and he rates me, so why would I want to go anywhere else?
 
“I look forward to getting a title next year.”
 
‘The Time Is Now’ is headlined by Jack Catterall v Ohara Davies. Leicester’s own, Lyon Woodstock defends his WBO European Super-Featherweight title against Archie Sharp. Heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois takes on former world title challenger Kevin Johnson. Olympian and double gold medallist Nicola Adams will be fighting Isabel Millan for the Interim WBO World Female Flyweight Title and Leicester’s British Super-Featherweight champion Sam Bowen also feature on a major night of boxing televised live on BT Sport.
 
Tickets are priced at £40, £60, £100, £150, £200 and are available to purchase from Eventbrite and Ticketmaster.

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RYAN GARNER: “FIGHT NIGHT IS FEEDING TIME FOR ‘THE PIRANHA’!”


 
Ryan Garner may be barely out of his teen years but already the spiteful punching Southampton starlet has designs on proving himself ‘The Daddy’ of the domestic featherweight division.
 
Once a European schoolboy champion, the aptly named ‘Piranha’ has already shredded seven significantly more seasoned circuit fighters since debuting in June 2016, and only two managed to complete the scheduled four rounds.
 
‘I know that, outside the ring, I still look a baby-faced kid but I’ve never felt like the ‘boy’ between the ropes,’ states the 5ft 6in angel-faced assassin who steps up to six round level on Saturday’s talent-stacked bill at London’s O2 Arena.
 
‘Already, I’m as strong as every opponent I’ve fought – I’ve pushed ‘em all back – and I’ll only get stronger. I do a lot of S and C work against my own body weight, loads of stability and core work.
 
‘As a very young kid, I was really mouthy and my two older brothers used to batter me. I had to learn to fight back from a very young age. They toughened me up pretty quickly. I may only be 20 but I’ve been at this a long time. I just really love fighting.’
 
The 20 year old’s 7-0 slate lists just 21 paid rounds but already the fearless Frank Hopkins managed prospect is eyeing the domestic 9st elite.
 
‘Right now, the British featherweight division is booming and I can’t wait to get involved,’ claims the ex-carpenter’s apprentice who is trained by Wayne Batten on England’s south coast.
 
‘You’ve got Frampton, Warrington and Selby at world level. Ryan Walsh is a real top quality British champion who can really switch it on, on his best nights. He’s very well drilled, no glaring weaknesses. I think he’ll come through his rematch with Isaac Lowe. I didn’t really rate Isaac when we sparred.
 
‘Recently, I won a lot of money on Ryan Doyle against Reece Bellotti. While Bellotti has heavy hands, his boxing ability is shocking.
 
‘But in a couple of years down the line, I’ll be happy to get in with any of them. I just need to get valuable experience at six, eight and ten round level. If I want to be a major champion, I’ll HAVE to fight someone good.
 
‘Ideally, I want to be 11-0, 12-0 and fighting in eight rounders by the end of this year, knocking at the door for 10 round title fights. Without doubt, I know I’ll get there.’
 
Latterly, Saints fan Ryan has accelerated his apprenticeship with extensive spars against white hot Irish double Olympian Michael Conlan.
 
‘I’ve been having quality spars two or three times a week with Mick at Adam Booth’s gym in London, ahead of his homecoming in Belfast next weekend,’ says Garner who represented England on 19 occasions as an amateur.
 
‘We really push each other and you’d pay to watch us. He’s 26 and I’m still only 20. Mick’s punch variety is very good and he’s so smart. He forces me to think more. My boxing intelligence has come on hugely.
 
‘He’s also a really nice guy who helps me massively. He tells me that I’m more than capable of winning titles. I’m learning far more sparring him than I am in my fights.’
 
Saturday’s bonanza bill features several of the nation’s most gifted young talents and the scramble for post-fight accolades and column inches is sure to be intense. Garner, who confronts Hungary’s 6-3 Norbert Eszenyi, will need to be at his vicious best if he is to court attention.
 
‘Fight night is feeding time for ‘The Piranha’!’ he quips.
 
‘I turned pro for these kind of nights. Hopefully, fans will enjoy my all-action style and my passion. I throw a lot of punches, that’s my main attribute. As opponents fade, I get more into it.
‘It’s a good test. From what I’ve seen on tape, my opponent’s a very game boy, likes to fight back. But that’s how you learn, get rounds. I intend to stop him, but hopefully, it won’t happen too early.
 
‘I can’t wait to show the fans what I’m made of. I promise people won’t be disappointed.’

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