BUGLIONI: A WIN ON SATURDAY WILL RE-ESTABLISH ME IN THE LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION

‘Wise Guy’ says win over Meng will fire him back into World title contention

Frank Buglioni says a win over Fanlong Meng will re-establish him as one of the biggest threats in the Light-Heavyweight division.
 
‘Wise Guy’ takes on undefeated Meng for the IBF Inter-Continental Light-Heavyweight title at the Casino de Monte-Carlo this Saturday, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US. 
 
Chinese amateur star Meng, touted by man as one of the best boxers in China, has racked up 13 straight wins since turning professional in 2015, picking up the WBO Oriental and IBF Inter-Continental titles along the way.
 
However, Buglioni feels the former Chinese National Champion is yet to be tested in the paid code and is confident of taking the IBF ranking belt back to Enfield with him on Sunday morning.
 
“I have a very tough test in Fanlong Meng,” admitted Buglioni. “He’s a 2012 Olympian and has a solid amateur record. As a professional I don’t think he has been tested much yet, so this will be his acid test. I’m looking forward to upsetting the party and taking his belt and his undefeated record.
 
“Meng likes to keep things at his own pace and keep his opponents at range, but I’ll be constantly moving and creating angles. I’m fitter and sharper than I’ve ever been and he won’t be able to keep me off all night.
 
“Throughout my career I’ve always done well against southpaws and I’ve always enjoyed fighting and sparring them, be it amateur or pro, and my record against them is very good. I’m heading into the fight with a lot of confidence.”
 
Former World title challenger Buglioni has been busy rebuilding in the gym and sees Saturday’s fight as a golden opportunity to fire his name back into World title contention once more.
 
“The Light-Heavyweight division is buzzing and a good win over Meng will re-establish me as one of the top guys out there. A win would certainly put me back at the top of the pile domestically and possibly Europe too, I won’t be far off World level.
 
“I’m very pleased with my progress since the Callum Johnson defeat. I’ve built upon the mistakes I made in that fight and I’m looking forward to putting on a real show and proving myself once again.
 
“I’ve had some fantastic sparring all throughout this camp including James DeGale. I’ve made some massive improvements in the gym and I think that has been due to such good quality sparring. The guys I have worked with have kept me on my toes really put it on me.”
 
Buglioni’s British title reign was ended by a shock first-round stoppage loss to Callum Johnson at The O2 in March. Johnson’s victory was swiftly rewarded with a shot at IBF Light-Heavyweight Champion Artur Beterbiev.
 
Johnson’s brave World title attempt ended in a fourth-round KO but Buglioni believes the Lincolnshire man was just moments away from being crowned a World Champion and has taken confidence from his rival’s performance.
 
“I think Callum was very unlucky against Bertebiev,” added Buglioni. “I don’t think he realised how much he hurt him in the second round. When he caught him with that shot, Bertebiev’s legs weren’t there. If Callum has jumped on him then he’d be a World Champion right now.
 
“Callum proved that the guys at the top of the domestic scene can mix it at World level. They just need to have the belief in themselves and give it everything they have. I’m fully focused on Fanlong Meng but I know what a win could lead to.
 
“A shot at a World title is the dream and you never know what is around the corner, I just need to keep on winning. I’d love a shot at any of the World Champions, but I like fighting southpaws and if an opportunity to fight Adonis Stevenson arises then why not?”

Buglioni’s clash with Meng is part of a huge night of action in Monaco. 

Main event sees dangerous Russian Denis Lebedev defend his WBA Cruiserweight World title against undefeated American Mike Wilson.

WBA Super-Flyweight World Champion Kal Yafai aims to maintain his undefeated record when he makes the fourth defence of his crown against Mexico’s former World title challenger Israel Gonzalez.

Fresh from a shock win over highly-touted Heavyweight prospect Martin Bakole, America’s Michael Hunter steps in to face Russia’s Alexander Ustinov andKazakhstan’s Rio Olympic gold medallist Daniyar Yeleussinov faces Marcos Mojica in his fifth professional contest.

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BROOK CLASHES WITH ZERAFA


‘Special One’ returns to Sheffield Arena on December 8
Kell Brook returns to the ring in front of his hometown fans at Sheffield Arena on December 8 when he takes on Michael Zerafa, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US.

‘The Special One’ was last in action in March when he swept away Sergey Rabchenko inside two rounds at Sheffield Arena to claim the WBC Silver Super-Welterweight title.

Former Welterweight Champion Brook is preparing to bring his weight down to 147lbs and must get past Australia’s Zefara in style if he is to secure a long-awaited British battle with former two-weight World Champion Amir Khan in 2019.

With Dominic Ingle unable to be in his corner for this fight due to other commitments, Brook is currently training in Fuerteventura with ex-boxer and friend John Fewkes ahead of his big return.

Zerafa, 26, is a former Commonwealth Super-Welterweight Champion and has secured 14 of his 25 wins via knockout. He has lost just two of his 27 professional fights and insists he will thrive off the underdog status on December 8.

“I’m delighted to be back at Sheffield Arena in front of my people,” said Brook. ”The Special One is back and all of my focus and attention is on getting myself ready to put on a spectacular performance for my loyal fans.

“I want to close the year in special fashion and set up some blockbuster fights in 2019 – I was ringside for Amir Khan’s last fight, so let’s see if he’ll be there on December 8, or will he be too shook for Brook?

“This is the biggest opportunity of Zerafa’s career and he will be coming over here to take my scalp but there’s levels in this game and I need to put him away to get the big fights that I desire.

“Meticulous work, dedication, preparation and focus has gone into this camp and I will continue to grin until fight week. I can’t wait to see you all at Sheffield Arena on December 8 where I will shine bright under all of the lights!”

“I thrive from being the underdog and I believe that Kell Brook’s team have made the mistake of overlooking me” said Zerafa. “I’m a completely different fighter to the man that lost to Peter Quillin and on December 8 I will prove that.

“I’ve already dreamt of beating Kell and replayed the fight over and over in my head. I was born for greatness and December 8 is the beginning of my rise to the top of the sport.

“Kell is a true warrior and a great Champion but he’s been in some tough fights and put a lot of miles on the clock. I see a ship with a lot of holes and too many holes leads to a sunken ship.

“He’s been in there with the best, but I believe I belong in the same ring as those fighters. On December 8 there will be a huge upset and I will make a lot of people eat their words.”

Unbeaten Irish star Jono Carroll faces French former European Champion Guillaume Frenois in a final eliminator to become mandatory challenger to IBF Super-Featherweight Champion Tevin Farmer. 

Sunderland Welterweight talent Josh ‘Pretty Boy’ Kelly, hugely popular YorkshireHeavyweight Dave ‘White Rhino’ Allen andCork Middleweight Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan all feature on a huge card.

“I’m delighted to see Kell back in the ring and I expect Zerafa to give it everything on December 8,” said Eddie Hearn. “We know that the Khan fight is on the horizon but this is all part of Kell’s preparation for being razor sharp and bringing his weight down to 147lbs – Zerafa aims to spoil the party.

“It’s a huge card with a brilliant final eliminator between Jono Carroll and Guillaume Frenois to become mandatory to the in form Tevin Farmer with Josh Kelly, Dave Allen and Spike O’Sullivan also in action. Kell is looking sensational in camp in Fuertaventura and I expect an electric performance in his home town on December 8.”

Tickets for Brook vs. Zerafa priced at £40, £60, £100 and £200 (Inner Ring VIP) are available to purchase now for Fight Pass members via StubHub (www.stubhub.co.uk

General Sale begins on November 6 at midday with tickets available to purchase from StubHub, Sheffield Arena (www.flydsaarena.co.uk) and Matchroom Boxing (www.matchroomboxing.com)

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RYDER VS. SIROTKIN WEIGHTS AND RUNNING ORDER

John Ryder and Andrey Sirotkin weigh in ahead of their WBA Super-Middleweight World title Final Eliminator clash on saturday night at the Copper Box Arena, London. 26th October 2018 Picture By Mark Robinson.

RYDER VS. SIROTKIN WEIGHTS AND RUNNING ORDER
DOORS & BOXING STARTS 16:20

4 x 3 mins Heavyweight contest
GEORGE FOX 18st 2lbs 4oz v FERENC ZSALEK 16st 10lbs
(Mill Hill)                                    (Hungary)
 
6 x 3 mins Super-Featherweight contest 
LOUIE LYNN 9st 8lbs v RAFAEL CASTILLO 9st 1lb 7oz
(Banstead)                     (Barcelona)

4 x 3 mins Light-Heavyweight contest
CHARLIE DUFFIELD 12st 9lbs 8oz v JOSIP PERKOVIC 12st 10lbs 2oz
(Canning Town)                                    (Croatia)
 
6 x 3 mins Featherweight contest 
REECE BELLOTTI 8st 13lbs 9oz v BRAYAN MAIRENA 8st 13lbs 8oz
(Watford)                                          (Nicaragua)

LIVE ON FACEBOOK 18:00

6 x 3 mins Super-Featherweight contest @ 9st 6lbs
MARTIN J WARD 9st 8lbs v MOHAMMED KAMBULUTA 9st 2lbs 6oz
(Brentwood)                          (Tanzania)

 6 x 3 mins Light-Heavyweight contest 
CRAIG RICHARDS 12st 8lbs 8oz v MICHAEL LUDWICZAK 13st 1lb 5oz
(Crystal Palace)                                (Poland)

LIVE ON SKY SPORTS 19:00

 10 x 3 mins WBC International Silver Middleweight Championship
FELIX CASH 11st 5lbs 3oz v STEPHEN DANYO 11st 4lbs 9oz
(Wokingham)                         (Manchester)
 
10 x 3 mins Cruiserweight contest 
LUKE WATKINS 14st 5lbs v ISAAC CHAMBERLAIN 14st 7lbs
(Swindon).                             (Brixton)
 
12 x 3 mins vacant British Super-Welterweight Championship
TED CHEESEMAN 10st 13lbs 8oz v ASINIA BYFIELD 11st
(Bermondsey)                                    (Reading)
 
12 x 3 mins Commonwealth Featherweight Championship
RYAN DOYLE 8st 12lbs 7oz v JORDAN GILL 8st 13lbs 5oz
(Gorton)                                     (Chatteris)
 
12 x 3 mins Final Eliminator WBA Super-Middleweight World Championship
JOHN RYDER 11st 13lbs 3oz v ANDREY SIROTKIN 11st 13lbs 7oz
(Islington)                                   (Russia)

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RYDER VS. SIROTKIN FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

John Ryder and Andrey Sirotkin final press conference ahead of their WBA Super-Middleweight World title Final Eliminator clash on saturday night at the Copper Box Arena, London. 25th October 2018 Picture By Mark Robinson.

RYDER VS. SIROTKIN FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
Frank Smith, CEO of Matchroom Boxing:

“Thank you all for joining us here at Trinity House in London ahead of a huge night of boxing on Saturday. It’s a huge night for Matchroom especially, we start here in London with eleven fights, three Championship fights and a final eliminator for the WBA Super-Middleweight World title and then we move onto New York to see Daniel Jacobs take on Sergiy Derevyanchenkochenko for the IBF World Middleweight title – live both on Sky Sports and HBO.”

“A few people couldn’t join us today, Charlie Duffield and Louie Lynn – both huge ticket sellers. They’ll be on the card early before TV on Saturday night. Reece Bellotti and Martin J Ward both have comeback fights after their losses.”

John Ryder – Islington, England – 26-4, 14 KOs – fighting Andrey Sirotkin in a final eliminator for the WBA Super-Middleweight World title:

“I’m buzzing for this fight. I’ve had two good wins and I’m looking to get another good win on Saturday to propel myself on. There’s great Champions in the Super-Middleweight division and it’s great division to be part of.

“There’s no easy fights out there. Saturday night isn’t an easy fight, I’m looking forward to it. I’ve trained hard, I’ve grafted hard with Tony Sims, we’ve left no stone unturned. I’ve been out early mornings with Ted, Felix and Martin. We’ve all been training hard and pushing each other on. It’s going to be a great night. 

“It’s one of them. I don’t know how it’s going to go. I’m either going to drop him with the first shot or it’s going to be a hard-fought 12 rounder. He’s very unpredictable and he’s got a very awkward style to get hold of. It makes for an interesting night.”

Andrey Sirotkin – Nizhny Novgorod, Russia – 15-0, 4 KOs – fighting John Ryder in a final eliminator for the WBA Super-Middleweight World title:

“I feel excellent. It is a massive occasion for me. I’m ready for this. I feel great. I’ll deliver what I’m supposed to deliver on Saturday. You will see. I’ve got no problem fighting him in London, it means nothing to me.”

Ted Cheeseman – Bermondsey, England – 14-0, 9 KOs – fighting Asinia Byfield for the Vacant British Super-Welterweight title:

“You’re pathetic. You can’t even speak mate. You don’t know anything about boxing. You haven’t stated any facts about boxing the whole time, you just talk this street rubbish. You look like you’ve been nicked for shoplifting and your mum’s dressed you for court. You’re just a div. On Saturday, I promise you you’re not going 12 rounds. 

“Everyone who wants to win money, go and put your money on me getting him out of there before 12 rounds. That’s one thing I can guarantee. On Saturday you’re getting smashed. All yesterday you done your big talk, and then you come over and wanted to shake hands. Don’t shake my hand, I’m serious, you are getting smashed.

“I’m better than you in every department. Look at my opponents and then look at your opponents – I’ve had better opponents. This is a stepping stone for me to push onto the next level. This is the level that he’s going to stay at.”

Asinia Byfield – Reading, England – 14-1, 6 KOs – fighting Ted Cheeseman for the Vacant British Super-Welterweight title:

“There’s levels. A lot of people keep saying how there’s levels to boxing. He’s beaten a washed up Carson Jones. Every person you’ve beat is nothing like me. My name is Asinia ‘DGhost’. You haven’t ever met me in the ring. 

“To be fair, the British title means nothing. I’m a fighter, and that’s what I do, I fight. It means nothing. I won’t even have the British, as soon as I get it I’m going to give it to my homie. I don’t even care about it. I’m just a fighter and I have to fight to live. That’s the reason why I fight. I fight because I’ve had a bad past and this is the only way I can get through my day to day life.”

Ryan Doyle – Gorton, England – 17-2-1, 9 KOs – making the first defence of his Commonwealth Featherweight title against Jordan Gill: 

“I’m looking forward to the fight now. My preparation for the fight has been perfect. Everything has gone well. The British title is there on the horizon but I’m looking forward to getting this first defence of my Commonwealth belt out of the way first of all. I’ve got to beat Jordan Gill first. It’s been a long and hard road and I need to get the job done on Saturday night.”

Jordan Gill – Chatteris, England – 21-0, 5 KOs – challenging Ryan Doyle for the Commonwealth Featherweight title: 

“There’s a great buzz in the gym and a really good atmosphere. Everyone really pushes each other and everyone really learns off each other. I think that’s going to hold me in good stead on Saturday night. 

“I’m ready for whatever comes at me and I’ve got the experience. It’s a big step up but one that I’ve been craving for for a long time. It’s an opportunity that I’m glad to have. I’m not sure how the fight is going to go. That’s the thing about boxing, nobody knows until they get in there. Anything can happen. The trick is dealing with whatever comes at you and that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to dictate the terms and deal with whatever comes at me.”

Felix Cash – Wokingham, England – 9-0, 6 KOs – fighting Stephen Danyo for the vacant WBC International Silver Middleweight title: 

“It’s been a long time coming. It’s time now to show everyone what I’m really about. I’ve watched a couple of videos of his fights and he’s not a bad little boxer – he’s a good little mover. But there’s levels in boxing and I think I’m a couple of levels above him. I’ll go in there and do the business on Saturday night and hopefully after that we can push on for the British title.” 

Stephen Danyo – Manchester, England – 14-1-3, 6 KOs – fighting Felix Cash for the vacant WBC International Silver Middleweight title: 

“First of all I would like to thank Matchroom Boxing for this opportunity. My opponent’s team think that I am not ready, but we’ve been working hard and I’m here to do the business on Saturday night.”

Isaac Chamberlain – Brixton, England – 9-1, 4 KOs – fighting Luke Watkins in a 10 round Cruiserweight contest:

“We’ve worked very hard in the gym. Everything has been very consistent, even since before this fight got announced. I’m looking forward to doing my thing, showing everything that I’ve been working on in the gym. I’m just itching to go. The drive is there, the hunger is there. He won’t deal with everything that I have to offer. 

“Changing trainer is going to help a lot. For most of this camp I’ve been working with Angel Fernandez. It’s been a great camp. I’ve been working on so many new things that I couldn’t wait to train the next day – that’s the type of hunger and motivation that I have. 

“It’s going to be explosive, it’s going to be electrifying and exciting. I’m knocking him out.”

Luke Watkins – Swindon, England – 13-1, 9 KOs – fighting Isaac Chamberlain in a 10 round Cruiserweight contest:

“Camp has been rubbish. I’ve had sparring pullouts, injuries, illness, the same old thing. Any fighter that tells you that you don’t go through that is lying. 

“Camp has gone as camp goes. Camp has been great, I’ve enjoyed it. I’ve enjoyed myself and come fight night I’m going to stick it on Isaac.

“Any names out there that want to fight, I’m happy to fight them. For me once you reach a certain level it’s not about taking backward steps and fighting opponents that people don’t know. I just want to fight on TV and I want to fight the fights that the fans want to see. I’ll move forward and I’ll continue my journey. I’ll fight the rest of the guys out there in the division. When the time is right, me and Lawrence will fight again.

“Unless you’ve turned into the ‘Hulk’ since the last time I checked, no disrespect, but you are not the biggest of punchers. I don’t look at you lightly. I think you’re talented, I do. But let’s face it, you don’t go knocking people out. You don’t ice people, so please explain why you think you’re going to ice me.”

Craig Richards – Crystal Palace, England – 12-1, 6 KOs – fighting Michael Ludwiczak in a six round Light-Heavyweight contest:

“I’m looking forward to pushing on. I was looking forward to pushing on for this title fight. We’ve been in camp for 14 weeks, I had my head down just training and working hard.

“Unfortunately I’ve been waiting for Jake Ball since he called me out in June. Unfortunately he had a little bruise on his hand and decide that he’s going to pull the plug on fight week. It’s a silly excuse. I can’t sit around.

“I’ve got to push on and move on from here. There’s a lot of good fights in the Light-Heavyweight division and a lot of title fights. I think Jake Ball needs to go and redeem his loss against JJ McDonagh because nobody has time to waste and wait for him. I’d like to fight Frank Buglioni in a rematch and avenge my loss.”

George Fox – Mill Hill, England – 1-0 – fighting Ferenc Zsalek in a four round Heavyweight contest:

“I want to display a unique set of skills for a Heavyweight. I’m a bit of a technical boxer, I’m not your typical slugger or heavy puncher right now but we’re working on the power in the gym.”

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WATKINS: DON’T BLINK

Luke Watkins takes part in a Open work out at Old Spitalfields Market, London ahead of fight on saturday night at the Copper Box Arena. 24th October 2018 Picture By Mark Robinson.

WATKINS: DON’T BLINK
‘The Duke’ ready to “sleep” Isaac Chamberlain
Luke Watkins has warned Isaac Chamberlain that he could put him to “sleep” at any moment. 

The Cruiserweight rivals clash over ten rounds at the Copper Box Arena this Saturday, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US.

Both Watkins and Chamberlain are looking to banish the demons from their respective losses to Lawrence Okolie and they walk straight back into the spotlight with defeat almost unthinkable for both.

‘The Duke’ took a short break from the sport after his defeat to Okolie back in June, but is now ready to step back in at the deep end when he faces Brixton’s Chamberlain in a must win battle.

“I don’t see any point in messing around, I’m confident in my ability and what I can bring to the table,” said Watkins. “This is boxing and what happened in my last fight can potentially happen in every single fight there is, so what’s the point in taking a step backwards and fighting lower ranked opponents?

“I don’t need to do that. I want to stay in this sport and I want to carry on performing under the big lights and this is the way to do it. The Okolie defeat is well in the past, shit happens and we move onto the next one and we move forward. 

“I have to give full credit to Isaac, this is a must win fight for the both of us. The British fight fans want to see me fight people like Isaac and Okolie and that’s what I’m here to do. I’ve said it before and I’ve made it clear, I will fight anyone. I’m glad Isaac is in the opposite corner because it takes two people to dance and I respect him for that, but come Saturday it’s on.

“Isaac is seen as more of a boxer than me, this fight will give people the chance to see my boxing skills. This time I’m fighting someone who’s not as big of a puncher but apparently he’s the better boxer so that will bring out the best in me. I’ve always got heavy hands so don’t blink because he could go to sleep at any moment.”

Watkins vs. Chamberlain is part of a huge night of action at the Copper Box Arena topped by Islington’s John Ryder taking on undefeated Russian Andrey Sirotkin in a Final Eliminator for the WBA Super-Middleweight World title.

Bermondsey puncher Ted Cheeseman clashes with Reading’s Asinia Byfield for the Vacant British Super-Welterweight title and Ryan Doyle makes the first defence of his Commonwealth Featherweight crown against the undefeated Jordan Gill
 
There’s action elsewhere from Crystal Palace Light-Heavyweight Craig Richards, Brentwood Super-Featherweight Martin J Ward, Watford Featherweight Reece Bellotti, Canning Town Light-Heavy Charlie Duffield, Mill Hill Heavyweight George Fox andBanstead Featherweight Louie Lynn.

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GILL: IF I’M NOT READY NOW THEN I NEVER WILL BE

GILL: IF I’M NOT READY NOW THEN I NEVER WILL BE
Jordan Gill is determined to prove the hype is real when he challenges Ryan Doyle for the Commonwealth Featherweight crown at the Copper Box Arena this Saturday, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US. 

‘The Thrill’ has been frustrated in waiting for a crack at his first title, but the Cambridgeshire man, who has cruised to 21-0, believes victory against Manchester’s Doyle will set up a huge 2019.

“I’ve been waiting for a big fight like this for the past two years, it’s a big test and a chance to win my first major title,” said Gill. “I’m in boxing to be involved in the big fights and take on the best. This is a golden opportunity for me and I’m going to make it count.

“I had 18 months out of the ring where I was training non-stop, but I didn’t get a fight. I’ve made the move to Dave Coldwell and I’ve rebuilt for a year. I’ve had five fights, five wins and a British title eliminator and now thankfully I’ve got a big shot at the Commonwealth title against a very tough fighter in Ryan Doyle.

“As a fighter all you want is the opportunity to be involved in big fights and I’ve got that opportunity now, it’s down to me to deliver on the night. If I’m not ready now then I’ll never be.

Doyle, 27, believes he will be too “battled hardened” and experienced for Gill, but the Dave Coldwell pupil says he will be prepared for whatever comes his way on the night. 

“I’m not sure whether it’s going to be a boxing match or a slugfest, but I’ve prepared myself to the best of my abilities,” he added. “I’m expecting a hard fight, I’m expecting a hard 12 rounds and we’ll just see what happens. I’m good at adapting when I’m in there so I’ll be adapting to anything he comes at me with. 
 
“He’s a good fighter, he does everything well. He’s got a good jab, he’s fit and he’s strong, he’s good in every department and I think he’s getting better as well. It’s a big step up and I’m going to prove the hype is real.”

Doyle vs. Gill is part of a huge night of action at the Copper Box Arena topped by Islington’s John Ryder taking on undefeated Russian Andrey Sirotkin in a Final Eliminator for the WBA Super-Middleweight World title.

Bermondsey puncher Ted Cheeseman clashes with Reading’s Asinia Byfield for the Vacant British Super-Welterweight title.
 
There’s action elsewhere from Crystal Palace Light-Heavyweight Craig Richards, Brentwood Super-Featherweight Martin J Ward, Watford Featherweight Reece Bellotti, Canning Town Light-Heavy Charlie Duffield, Mill Hill Heavyweight George Fox andBanstead Featherweight Louie Lynn.

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CASH GOES FOR FIRST TITLE AT THE COPPER BOX ARENA

Felix Cash will fight for his first pro title against Stephen Danyo when they clash for the Vacant WBC International Silver Middleweight crown at the Copper Box Arena on October 27, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US.
 
Cash, 25, moved to 9-0 after a dominating 80-71 points win over Francis Tchoffo at York Hall in June and the former Team GB member is delighted to be fighting for his first pro belt after an injury-hit 2017 that only saw him fight three times.
 
“This has been a long time coming,” said Cash. “I’m looking forward to getting in there and fighting for my first pro title. It’s taken a little longer than I expected but it will be worth the wait when I get my first title under my belt. 
 
“It’s been frustrating watching everyone else in the gym progress and fight for titles, especially when you know you’re good enough to be in the mix, but my time has come and it’s up to me to grab the opportunity with both hands.
 
“I do feel like I’ve been avoided on the domestic scene, it’s been a bit of an awkward time but the bigger fights will start to come once I win my first title at the Copper Box Arena. It’s a good title and owning it will push my name right into the mix.”
 
Cash vs. Danyo is part of a huge night of action at the Copper Box Arena topped by Islington’s John Ryder taking on undefeated Russian Andrey Sirotkin in a Final Eliminator for the WBA Super-Middleweight World title.
 
Bitter Super-Welterweight rivals Ted Cheeseman and Asinia Byfield clash for the vacant British title in one of the most anticipated domestic fights of the year. 

Gortan’s Ryan Doyle looks to build on his shock win over Reece Bellotti as he defends his Commonwealth Featherweight title against the talented and undefeated Jordan Gill.
 
Luke Watkins and Isaac Chamberlain meet in a crunch Cruiserweight contest as both men look to move on from first career losses to rising star Lawrence Okolie.
 
There’s action elsewhere from Crystal Palace Light-Heavyweight Craig Richards, Brentwood Super-Featherweight Martin J Ward, Watford Featherweight Reece Bellotti, Canning Town Light-Heavy Charlie Duffield, Mill Hill Heavyweight George Fox andBanstead Featherweight Louie Lynn.

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WBC International Silver Middleweight title on the line for Cash v Danyo
Britain Boxing – Felix Cash v Christian Hoskin Gomez – York Hall, Bethnal Green – 29/9/16 Felix Cash in action against Christian Hoskin Gomez Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
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CHEESEMAN: BYFIELD DOESN’T DESERVE A SHOT AT THE BRITISH TITLE


 
Bermondsey puncher says Byfield has talked his way into a title shot
 
Ted Cheeseman has accused Asinia Byfield of talking his way into their British title fight and says the outspoken Reading man doesn’t deserve a shot at such a prestigious belt.
 
The bitter Super-Welterweight rivals will battle for the Lonsdale belt at the Copper Box Arena on October 27, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US.
 
Cheeseman puts his unbeaten 14-fight record on the line when he meets former Southern Area Champion Byfield, and ‘The Big Cheese’ is determined to prove he is levels above ’DGhost’ by dishing out a crushing defeat.
 
“I’ve wanted this fight for a while because I don’t like the way Byfield conducts himself,” said Cheeseman. “He’s mouthy and always tries to talk his way into big fights. I don’t think he’s worked his way into this position.
 
“What does Asinia Byfield bring to the table? An unbeaten record? No. A title? No. So what do you want to fight him for? Once I’m done with him no one will even remember who he is.
 
“He’s managed to talk his way into a big fight but he’s going to get found out massively. He’s done nothing to justify him fighting for a British title and that will show on the night.
 
“He’s a very awkward opponent. Stylistically, he’s not a good boxer or a good fighter. He’s just awkward and tires to spoil you. But I’m more than ready for this fight. I’ve had some good sparring and I’m ready to take on that type of style.
 
“He probably thinks the only way he can beat me is by making me angry and forcing me into mistakes. That’s the kind of fight he likes but he hasn’t got into my head at all. I’m going to get in there and fight my type of fight.
 
“The Light Middleweight division is thriving at the moment and hopefully there’s some big opportunities out there for me after I win the British title.”
 
Cheeseman vs. Byfield is part of a huge night of action at the Copper Box Arena topped by Islington’s John Ryder taking on undefeated Russian Andrey Sirotkin in a Final Eliminator for the WBA Super-Middleweight World title.
 
Gortan’s Ryan Doyle looks to build on his shock win over Reece Bellotti as he defends his Commonwealth Featherweight title against the talented and undefeated Jordan Gill.
 
Luke Watkins and Isaac Chamberlain meet in a crunch Cruiserweight contest as both men look to move on from first career losses to rising star Lawrence Okolie and Jake Ball begins life under new trainer Dominic Ingle with a WBA Inter-Continental Light-Heavyweight title fight with Craig ‘Spider’ Richards.
 
There’s action elsewhere from Wokingham Middleweight Felix Cash, Brentwood Super-Featherweight Martin J Ward, Watford Featherweight Reece Bellotti, Canning Town Light-Heavy Charlie Duffield and Mill Hill Heavyweight George Fox.
 
Tickets are priced £40, £60, £80, £100 and £200 (VIP) and are available to purchase from www.stubhub.co.uk and www.copperboxarena.org.

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DOYLE: I DIDN’T HAVE A WAR WITH BELLOTTI JUST TO GIVE THE TITLE AWAY


 
Ruthless Ryan targets British title shot after Gill
 
Ryan Doyle is targeting a shot at the British Featherweight crown if he comes through his fight with Jordan Gill at the Copper Box Arena.
 
Doyle, 27, makes the first defence of his Commonwealth title against Cambridgeshire’s Gill on Saturday October 27, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US.
 
The Manchester man hit the big time after his shock win over Reece Bellotti in June, stopping the rising talent in five epic rounds, and is wasting no time as he looks to build on his career best win by jumping straight back in against the undefeated Dave Coldwell-trained starlet.
 
“I’ve had good preparation for this fight, we had eight weeks notice and everything has gone to plan,” said Doyle. “I’ve had World class sparring with WBA Bantamweight World Champion Ryan Burnett and former World title challenger Charlie Edwards.
 
“We’ve put everything into this camp and I’ll be in the best shape of my career on October 27th. Knocking work on the head has allowed me to train full-time and everyone will see the difference that makes on fight night.
 
“I’ve watched the Bellotti fight back, it was a good performance by myself and I’m happy with it, there’s one or two things that we have tightened up on. I need to improve with every fight. “
 
Gill trains alongside the likes of Tony Bellew and Jamie McDonnell at Coldwell’s gym in Rotherham and is highly-regarded by his gym mates, but Doyle believes his experience and heart will show on the night.
 
“I don’t know a massive amount about Jordan but what I do know is he’s technically very good. He’s not put a foot wrong as a professional, he’s done everything right so far. However, I don’t believe he’s been in the same fights that I have, I’m battle hardened, I’ve been in the wars. It’s Jordan’s time now to have a little go but I didn’t have a war with Bellotti just to give the title away.
 
“I understand that Jordan has got a good stable behind him, a good trainer, he’s definitely a stiff test for me. I’ve got to be 100% on my game to beat him. Like I said, I haven’t been in these gruelling fights just to give it all away.
 
“There’s no bad blood whatsoever, we’re both professional athletes and you conduct yourself in the right way, but come fight night it will be a different story. I’ve fought hard to keep my career alive and I won’t be surrendering my title without a fight.”
 
Doyle, a former English Champion, has experienced several setbacks during his six-year career and was even considering retirement before his stunning win over Bellotti.
 
The Gorton pressure fighter is hoping a big win over Gill will signal the beginning of an exciting new chapter in his career.
 
“The Featherweight division is one of the best weight divisions in Britain at the moment. Outside of the top four or five fighters, anyone can beat anyone. It’s a real good mix at the minute.
 
“I would love a crack at the British title next but for now all of my focus is on Jordan Gill, if I don’t beat him then the bigger fights down the line won’t happen.
 
“At Christmas time I was looking at packing it all in and working full-time. Luckily I got the opportunity to fight Reece and I grabbed it with both hands. I’ve paid my dues, I’ve done it the hard way and now it’s time for my reign.”
 
Doyle vs. Gill is part of a huge night of action at the Copper Box Arena topped by Islington’s John Ryder taking on undefeated Russian Andrey Sirotkin in a Final Eliminator for the WBA Super-Middleweight World title.
 
Bermondsey puncher Ted Cheeseman clashes with Reading’s Asinia Byfield for the Vacant British Super-Welterweight title.
 
Luke Watkins and Isaac Chamberlain meet in a crunch Cruiserweight contest as both men look to move on from first career losses to rising star Lawrence Okolie and Jake Ball begins life under new trainer Dominic Ingle with a WBA Inter-Continental Light-Heavyweight title fight with Craig ‘Spider’ Richards.
 
There’s action elsewhere from Wokingham Middleweight Felix Cash, Brentwood Super-Featherweight Martin J Ward, Watford Featherweight Reece Bellotti, Canning Town Light-Heavy Charlie Duffield and Mill Hill Heavyweight George Fox.
 
Tickets are priced £40, £60, £80, £100 and £200 (VIP) and are available to purchase from www.stubhub.co.uk and www.copperboxarena.org.

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BYFIELD: CHEESEMAN WON’T HEAR THE FINAL BELL


 
Reading star driven on by the tragic loss of his son
 
Asinia Byfield is predicting an early night for Ted Cheeseman when the Super-Welterweight rivals clash for the Vacant British title at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday October 27, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US.
 
Byfield inflicted the first professional defeat on Sam McNess last summer when he defended his Southern Area belt in style, destroying the fan favourite in five brutal rounds at the Copper Box Arena.
 
Now the Reading star is promising another crushing performance when Bermondsey puncher Cheeseman puts his unbeaten 14-fight record on the line in one of the most eagerly-anticipated domestic fights of the year.
 
“I see the fight being very one sided,” said Byfield. “One thing is for certain, this will not be going the distance. Ted has never faced a foe like me and he will never face anyone like me again. October 27th is going to be an 18+ bloody and gory affair, he won’t hear the final bell.
 
“I’m a new breed, a slum dog baby. Every choice and every action in my life has lead me to this moment. Through the darkest valleys I found the light. Among the darkness I found the answers and on October 27th I will answer every question asked of me.
 
“A fighter like me comes around every century. Ted hasn’t seen the things that I do in the ring, nobody has. I can go front or back foot, fight inside or outside and I’m a thinker as well, whatever it takes to win a fight.”
 
Byfield says the tragic loss of his eight-month old baby Trayvon Byfield-Griffith in 2016 has inspired him to fight on for all the parents who have experienced the pain of losing a child.
 
The 29-year-old admitted to losing his way after the family tragedy. His first title shot came in 2016 – when he accepted a fight against Arthur Hermann just days after the death of his son.
 
He lost his unbeaten record to a controversial points decision before winning the Southern Area strap against Erick Ochieng and announcing himself on the domestic scene with his memorable win over McNess.
 
“Asinia died the day my son Trayvon died,” added Byfield. “Now I am every parent who has had to experience that horrific event. I am my children, Javaye Archer and Tracell, Tammyha, Trayvon, Tayenha Byfield-Griffith. I am all that’s positive and I feed off of all that’s negative.
 
“I am the light and strength my son made me, which means I cannot and will not fail. I am proof that even in your most broken form you can still stand tall.”
 
Cheeseman vs. Byfield is part of a huge night of action at the Copper Box Arena topped by Islington’s John Ryder taking on undefeated Russian Andrey Sirotkin in a Final Eliminator for the WBA Super-Middleweight World title.
 
Gortan’s Ryan Doyle looks to build on his shock win over Reece Bellotti as he defends his Commonwealth Featherweight title against the talented and undefeated Jordan Gill.
 
Luke Watkins and Isaac Chamberlain meet in a crunch Cruiserweight contest as both men look to move on from first career losses to rising star Lawrence Okolie and Jake Ball begins life under new trainer Dominic Ingle with a WBA Inter-Continental Light-Heavyweight title fight with Craig ‘Spider’ Richards.
 
There’s action elsewhere from Wokingham Middleweight Felix Cash, Brentwood Super-Featherweight Martin J Ward, Watford Featherweight Reece Bellotti, Canning Town Light-Heavy Charlie Duffield and Mill Hill Heavyweight George Fox.
 
Tickets are priced £40, £60, £80, £100 and £200 (VIP) and are available to purchase from www.stubhub.co.uk and www.copperboxarena.org.

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